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Project Officer

Role: Projects Officer
Hours: 37.5 per week Monday to Friday
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £20,000
Holiday: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays
Based: St Agnes, Cornwall
Probationary Period: 3 months
Reports to: Head of Campaigns & Policy
Benefits: An additional 1-day holiday per year accrued after each full year of service, up to 3 years / 5% of salary pension contribution after 3 months probationary period is successfully completed / Flexitime policy / Incredible ocean location

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is one of the UK’s leading marine conservation and campaigning charities. Our mission is simple: to Create Ocean Activists Everywhere. Our projects and campaigns inspire, unite and empower individuals and communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.

The organisation was founded in 1990 and became a charity in 2013. The charity is made up of a board of 11 trustees, an executive team of 27, 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 the ocean in Westminster.

The charity has been particularly active at the forefront of the plastic pollution debate in recent years, driving legislative action on plastic bags, plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and brand accountability, and founding the Plastic Free Communities and Plastic Free Schools movements and Plastic Free Awards.

Thriving Ocean, Thriving People

This is our vision of the future. This simple phrase captures everything that matters to us, not just in SAS, but humankind. It’s a mantra, a motto, a rallying cry to drive us on, with a huge collective goal to help tilt our delicate planet back on its axis. This sounds huge, but when you love what you do, and work as one, that future draws ever nearer.

Community and Values

The ever-growing SAS community believes in staying connected with the ocean. To strengthen this bond, we live by four core values, which matter deep down to us all.

  • Open: Together, we’re passionate, down to earth campaigners, born out of the community, with a deep unrelenting love of the ocean. We believe in building diverse, inclusive and active communities.
  • Dynamic: We are dynamic, radical, active, energetic doers and campaigners. From the beaches to the front benches, we bring people together, empowering them to get stuck in and make real change happen.
  • Authentic: We’re human, doing our best. When we don’t get things right, we learn from it. We believe in authenticity. You can’t fake trust.
  • Creative: We are creative and entrepreneurial. We move fast, think far and believe the future is bright. From our humble home, we make waves (of all shapes and sizes) to improve our greatest gift. A healthy ocean = a healthy society.

 

Role and Objectives

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.

 

Key Activities:

  • 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 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 and 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 and 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.

 

Person Specification

The position is for 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.

 

Essential:

  • 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.

 

Desirable:

  • 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 recruitment@sas.org.uk

Closing Date: 12 Noon on 29th April 2021

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held during the week commencing 10th May either via video call or in person (depending on lockdown restrictions).

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