Job Title: Marine Advocacy Officer
Organisation: The Irish Wildlife Trust, 8 Cabra Road, Dublin 7, Ireland
Salary: €30,000 – €35,000 per annum subject to experience
Hours: This is a full time 5 days per week post
Contract Type: Fixed term contract until end of 2023 (with the option of continued employment subject to project funding)
Closing date for applications: 01st November 2022, 18:00 GMT
Start date: As soon as possible.
About the Irish Wildlife Trust
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is a non-governmental organisation and charity founded in 1979. The Irish Wildlife Trust aims to conserve wildlife and the habitats it depends on throughout Ireland while encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the need to protect it.
The Irish Wildlife Trust works to create a better future for Ireland’s biodiversity by motivating and supporting people to take action to protect biodiversity. We achieve this through wildlife walks and talks, citizen science projects, community & school education, practical conservation activities, and biodiversity campaigning and advocacy.
About the role
The Irish Wildlife Trust is a partner in two campaigns seeking greater protection of marine life by advocating for the designation of new marine protected areas (MPAs) and improved management of existing MPAs. The two campaigns are “Fair Seas” (Ireland) and “From Paper Parks to Effective Protection” (Europe-wide).
Fair Seas is a coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations and environmental networks. Fair Seas is calling for 30% of Ireland’s ocean territory to be fully protected by 2030. Fair Seas’ aim is to see Ireland, with a renewed appreciation of the ocean, become a world leader in marine protection, giving our species, habitats and coastal communities the opportunity to thrive. The IWT is a lead partner organisation in Fair Seas.
“From Paper Parks to Effective Protection (An NGO alliance to protect and extend European MPAs)” is a coalition of European environmental organisations led by Seas at Risk and Oceana. This campaign is seeking to improve the management of marine protected areas in Europe to bring about effective protection within MPAs. The IWT is the Irish partner organisation in this project.
Overview of the role:
The focus of the Marine Advocacy Officer role is to lead the delivery of IWT’s objectives in the two MPA campaigns, working on the two complementary campaigns side by side and acting as a liaison point between them. This role will appeal to a candidate with a strong knowledge of marine conservation and a desire to communicate the importance of marine protection to a variety of stakeholders and audiences from the general public to government representatives.
A detailed programme of work will be agreed with the successful candidate at the outset. The successful candidate will report to the IWT Coordinator as well as working closely with the Fair Seas and Seas at Risk campaign teams. Responsibilities include;
Stakeholder Engagement & Communications
Essential skills or experience:
Desirable skills or experience:
Personal attributes and competencies
Conditions of Employment
This role allows for remote working options, however the successful candidate will be expected to attend occasional meetings / workshops in person at our Dublin office. Full time desk space will be provided in our office if requested. The IWT office is in Phibsborough in Dublin City one minute from the LUAS line and close to Dublin City Centre.
The successful candidate will be required to be available for occasional travel within Ireland and internationally when necessary.
How to apply
To apply for this position please email your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Your cover letter should be in pdf format and a maximum of two pages in length. In your letter, please outline your motivation for this position and why you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed in the role. Please put Marine Advocacy Officer in the email subject line.
For queries about this position or terms of employment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 01st November 2022, 18:00 GMT. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.