Please note this post is based at Zoological Society London - and not Greenpeace UK.
In recognition of the critical role which marine reserves can play in helping to stop the degradation of our oceans, ClientEarth, Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Environment Group and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have come together to create the Manifesto For Marine Reserves and promote its objectives.
The coalition is now looking for an exceptional individual to help us deliver this goal by:
- Convening meetings of the coalition partners and initiating and coordinating the coalition’s work
- Developing Marine Reserve Coalition science-based positions that are used to inform decision-makers and relevant stakeholders
- Creating public support for Marine Reserve Coalition objectives, by actively engaging with other key players in the marine environment
Based at ZSL's offices in Regents Park, London, this post is initially for a one-year contract, and combines the following roles:
Coalition building: you will convene regular meetings of the Marine Reserves Coalition, facilitate their discussions, and provide the relevant information to support them in developing appropriate policy initiatives or actions to further the objectives of the coalition.
Research and information dissemination: you will keep appraised of the latest literature on marine reserves and compile short briefings for coalition members and disseminate pertinent information. All policy positions and briefings will be informed by sound science.
Policy and advocacy: you will follow discussions in the UK/UKOTs on marine reserves (including UK government positions in relevant international fora) making interventions as appropriate to promote the coalition’s objectives and analysis. This will involve keeping up-to-date with latest policy developments; writing policy briefings; responding to relevant UK, UKOT and European consultations; meeting with government officials; and building and maintaining relationships with the media, parliamentarians and civil servants.
Outreach and public engagement: you will co-ordinate and strengthen Marine Reserve Coalition membership in the UK and build support for the initiative, engaging with other organisations which might share our goals; you will raise public awareness about the state of the oceans and the need for action. Where appropriate and where requested by coalition members, you will assist them in engaging private sector players to support specific Marine Reserve Coalition positions. As part of an outreach plan, you will increase public engagement in marine reserves through social media, blogs and other forms of communication.
The ideal candidate will have a background in marine research and conservation, and/or in the field of policy, preferably on marine environmental issues; previous experience working in public policy environment; familiarity with UK parliamentary processes and experience working with coalitions and a diverse range of organisations and actors from the public and third sector in the UK.