Location: Scotland – Central belt/Stirling/Edinburgh

At the Marine Conservation Society, we’re at the heart of the movement to save our seas as the UK’s leading marine charity. From getting people to the beach to take part in litter picks, to campaigning for better protections for our seas and encouraging people to make sustainable seafood choices, we’re advocates for our ocean and the communities and animals which rely upon them.

Our network of volunteer Sea Champions are our local ambassadors in communities across the UK, providing vital support for us to promote our campaigns, conservation work, membership and fundraising initiatives, encouraging active participation in protecting – and enjoying – our seas, shores and wildlife.

Your role

Our Volunteer & Community Engagement Managers are self-motivated individuals who recruit and develop our Sea Champion network, promoting wider public awareness of MCS and proactively supporting our conservation goals, as well as increasing our membership base and fundraising activities.

You will be able to develop resources that inspire audiences to engage with our messages both online and face-to-face at events, so a committed interest in communicating marine conservation will enthuse and motivate people to support our aims. The existing network in Scotland is active, so you will need to hit the ground running and be able to manage your time well.

What you’ll need

  • Demonstrable experience of recruiting and working with volunteers
  • Strong organisational skills to deliver a range of events that happen smoothly and efficiently, and fit to the budget
  • The confidence to address groups in information or training sessions
  • The knowledge and ability to explain marine issues and concepts to a variety of audiences in innovative ways
  • A desire to inspire and educate young people and some skills or experience in delivering sessions specifically to them in a number of settings
  • An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check (we will support this)

Got what it takes?

  • The role is home-based so you will be independently motivated, and have easy access to the region – confidence travelling and your own transport would be advantageous
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills that inspire and engage including delivery of education sessions to young people
  • Able to manage the setting up/packing down of event equipment (e.g. gazebos, boxes of leaflets)

We are looking for people who demonstrate our values, but who also contribute their own perspectives and experiences to add to our knowledge and our culture.

How to apply

Please click the link below for more information about this post. Include a cover letter with your CV which tells us why you would like to work with us, and how you meet the role and person specification. We value this element of the application, so make sure you include it.

We prefer an anonymous process, so leave out any personal information in both your CV and cover letter as we prefer to shortlist without it.

We understand that interviews can be difficult for some people who have a condition or disability that they live with. We want to make it as easy as possible for every candidate to shine during their application process, so please let us know what we can do to accommodate you.

Closing: 5pm on Wednesday 26 May 2021
Interviews: Monday 7 June 2021


Everyone can expect to be treated with consideration and respect and MCS is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all. Good working relationships release the full potential, creativity and productivity of each individual, in an atmosphere where everyone can learn and work without prejudice, discrimination, harassment or violence.

We are committed to developing a team which is reflective of our society, and which can offer insight and views that influence our work. We are particularly interested in applications from groups which are under-represented in marine, environmental and charity sectors.

Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England and Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)