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Project Officer

Role:                               Project Officer

Hours:                            37.5 per week Monday to Friday

Contract:                       Permanent

Salary:                            £21,000

Holiday:                        25 days per year plus Bank Holidays

Based:                              St Agnes, Cornwall

Probationary Period:    3 months

Reports to:                        Campaigns Manager


  • An additional 1-day holiday per year accrued after each full year of service up to 3 years
  • Hybrid and flexible working options
  • Incredible ocean location

We are Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage is firmly established as one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities. For over thirty years, the organisation has cultivated and delivered environmental campaigns with a unique voice in the charity sector, blending activism, science, culture, sport, politics and ocean authenticity. Ocean health is vital to all people, wherever they live and the heritage of the organisation is anchored in the ocean. Yet our reach and influence now permeate communities and institutions nationwide, creating Ocean Activists everywhere with a range of innovative and inclusive campaigns across diverse channels. Our mission remains to engage, empower and mobilise individuals and communities with campaigns to protect and restore the ocean this decade, and beyond.

We are more than surfers. We campaign on more than sewage. We are a community that cares deeply about the planet we live on. We care passionately about the ocean. And we care about each other. We are connected by our love of the water, from clouds to coastlines, but particularly by the ocean. The planet we share is 70% ocean. One ocean that connects us all.

We campaign to protect the ocean for future generations by harnessing the power of the current generation. We amplify their energy to agitate, demonstrate and mobilise action on water quality, plastic pollution, ocean recovery, and ocean & climate change. We communicate the issues clearly and truthfully, mobilise and empower our networks, gathering evidence from the ocean and water front to lobby industry and government, and hold polluting businesses to account. We reach out to empower and connect citizens to be the voice of the ocean. We are Ocean Activists and our campaigns are open to all.

The organisation was founded in 1990 and became a charity in 2013. The charity is made up of a board of 7 trustees, a head office team of 30, 200+ Regional Reps and over 100,000 active volunteers around the UK. The charity also founded and runs the only marine conservation All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster – the Ocean Conservation APPG, bringing together a collaborative voice for ocean in Westminster.

The charity has one of the biggest community volunteer networks in the UK, with grassroots Ocean Activists involved in ocean conservation campaigns, beach cleans, plastic-free initiatives and fundraising initiatives around the country.

The latest annual report and accounts can be accessed through the Charity Commission.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a Project Officer to coordinate the delivery of projects on water quality, plastic pollution and ocean recovery within our Campaigns & Policy Team. The role will be responsible for the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of some of our most exciting projects, working with multiple stakeholders. You will build and maintain strong internal and external relationships with colleagues, partners and funders, and ensure that projects and communicated to and empower our members and volunteers.

Work with colleagues, partners and funders to coordinate our projects on water quality, plastic pollution and ocean recovery. Monitor project impact and ensure they are well communicated.

Main duties

  • Monitor, assess and respond to water quality issues, engaging multiple stakeholders including the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, and various water companies.
  • Maintain and develop the Safer Sea & Rivers Service, including monitoring and reporting on analytics.
  • Deliver SAS’s citizen science research projects, particularly around water quality, plastic pollution and ocean recovery.
  • Data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Support SAS’s secretariat duties to the Ocean Conservation APPG including logistical and administrative support for events.
  • Plan, support and attend key project and community events.
  • Update the website, prepare news stories and engage in delivering social media.
  • Support the drafting of project and funding proposals.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with other key groups and stakeholders working in similar areas of work to SAS.
  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested by your line manager or any other member of the SAS team.


Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adopt a positive approach to personal and professional development; engaging in one to one meetings and relevant training
  • To be aware of, and act on, relevant health and safety responsibilities as an employee of SAS and adhere to these wherever you are working
  • To maintain confidentiality in all areas of work at SAS
  • UK travel may be required. Training & operational activities may require overnight stays away from Cornwall, in which case standard SAS procedure apply
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to creating an inclusive, equal and diverse workplace.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across SAS to collectively deliver our ethos and mission, vision and aims

What you’ll be able to demonstrate

The position will suit an energetic, dynamic and dedicated officer focused on delivering project related activity. The ideal candidate would be an excellent communicator, well organised, and able to use digital tools for organising and delivering projects. The person will have a passion to protect the ocean.


  • Exceptional IT literacy.
  • Proven organisation and project delivery skills, working in a calm, logical way to achieve tasks within a set deadline.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in social media communications.
  • Enthusiastic and creative.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as necessary.
  • A good team player with a willingness to muck in as and where required.
  • Upbeat and clear thinking even when working at a fast pace.
  • Inspired by SAS’s mission and vision.
  • A great communicator who gets a buzz out of connecting people and getting things done.
  • Full clean UK driving license.


  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental and water quality policy and legislation.
  • Interested and active in community engagement.
  • Interest/experience in project & events management.
  • An ambition to develop experience in environmental campaigning.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you want the role, how your skills and experience meet the requirements and what you can bring to the team to

Closing Date: 23:30 on 22nd May 2022

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held during the week commencing 6th June at SAS office in St Agnes, Cornwall.

Surfers Against Sewage values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, as part of this commitment we use blind shortlisting.

Communications Officer

Role:                                  Communications Officer

Hours:                               37.5 per week Monday to Friday

Contract:                          Permanent

Salary:                               £21,000

Holiday:                            25 days per year plus Bank Holidays

Based:                               St Agnes, Cornwall

Probationary Period: 3 months

Reports to:                      Head of Communications


  • Additional 1 day holiday per year after each year of service, up to 3 years
  • Employer pension scheme
  • Flexible, hybrid, and Time Off In Lieu policies
  • 24-hour employee support line
  • Incredible ocean location

Surfers Against Sewage:

Surfers Against Sewage started 30 years ago; a group of water lovers fighting back to clean up the sea so we could stop getting sick. As we campaigned we started getting wiser about the full scope of pollution, waste, destruction and rising temperatures damaging the ocean that so many of us love and that we all rely on.

We realised it wasn’t just people getting sick from ocean pollution. It was the planet as well. That for people to thrive and live life to the fullest, the ocean has to thrive too. So we started rising up on more issues, bringing together more people and using our collective power to drive change. Plastic. Water quality. The climate crisis. Ocean recovery. By building and connecting communities motivated to make a difference, we gather the evidence and give voice to the issues that hold leaders to account.

From the beach-front to the frontbench, pavements to the hilltops, we’re creating inspired, motivated Ocean Activists everywhere, each one of us committed to the exact same thing. Protecting the ocean and all it makes possible.

A lot has changed in the last three decades. But we’re still a group of water lovers, fighting back, to clean up the sea. It’s just now there are more of us, with more corners to fight.

Today we are more than surfers. It’s about more than sewage. We’re here because of the ocean. Let’s fight for it.


The Surfers Against Sewage values are:


Together, we’re passionate, down to earth campaigners, with a deep unrelenting love of the ocean. We believe in building diverse, inclusive and active communities.


We are human, doing our best for the ocean that we all love and rely on. When we don’t get things right, we learn from it. We believe in authenticity. You can’t fake trust.


We’re creative risk takers, willing to disrupt the status quo and show how being different makes a difference. We have edge and energy that we put to use, pushing back against norms and pushing forward a counterview of what’s possible for our planet.


We are dynamic, active, energetic doers. From the beachfront to the frontbench, we bring people together, empowering them to get stuck in and make real change happen.


We’re serious, experienced, rigorous, determined and dedicated. We know the impact of people power and how our actions on the ground, and at the top, make a difference.


About the role:

We are looking for a Communications Officer to join our office in Cornwall. This role will support the Head of Comms in increasing SAS’s impact with a focus on curating SAS’ social media output, including creating content, developing SAS’ use of social media platforms and using analytics to monitor, report and evolve our output.

As Communications Officer, your role will be both creative and strategic, as you support, collaborate with, and empower various teams to deliver impactful communications. You’ll work closely with the Head of Comms to optimise our output and act as a gatekeeper for the SAS brand, working with all teams across the organisation. If you have an eye for social content which can engage people and encourage them to take action, we want to hear from you.

Please note that this role is full time and based at SAS’s HQ in Wheal Kitty, St Agnes, Cornwall. We have hybrid and flexible working policies, including a Time Off In Lieu policy. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Plan, co-ordinate and gatekeep social media calendars
  • Create impactful social content (including video and graphics)
  • Advise and support teams on social media content and communication strategy for campaigns
  • Liaison with digital marketing agency on social and google ad spend
  • Manage social media tools and platforms
  • Oversee social media and digital channel reports
  • Create and develop brand-led social growth and engagement strategies
  • Produce content for other digital channels, including website and email
  • Deliver reports and recommendations to Head of Comms and internal teams
  • Act as a brand guardian, sense checking output to ensure consistency
  • Respond to ad-hoc requests and any other duties that are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post

Skills and experience:

  • Proven track record of managing and growing busy social media platforms
  • Familiar with the tactics and strategies that sit behind impactful social content, including the use of ad spend
  • Confident to work across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and other social media platforms as well as website and email
  • Proficient in writing copy with a strong eye for detail and the ability to write for multiple audience groups
  • Proficient at photo and video editing for social content
  • A good understanding of performance reporting, how to set benchmarks, measure against KPIs and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Used to working in a fast paced, busy environment
  • Prior experience within the charity sector, especially campaigning charities, is a bonus but not a necessity

Personal profile:

  • 1-3 years in a similar role
  • A desire to make a positive difference for the ocean and planet
  • Highly creative with a keen interest in social media growth and engagement tactics
  • Excellent communication skills, internally as well as outward facing
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Not afraid to experiment, innovate and come to the table with new ideas
  • Happy to get stuck in and work with the team to achieve ambitious goals
  • Well organised with both a structured and agile mind-set to do what’s required
  • A willingness to learn and take onboard feedback
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems
  • Inspired by SAS’s mission, vision and values
  • Likes to spend time near, on or in the sea
  • Full, clean, UK drivers licence

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role to

Closing Date: 29th May

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held w/c 6th June, in person at Wheal Kitty.


Surfers Against Sewage values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.