Marine Policy Officer - Tenders Global

Marine Policy Officer


This role provides an exciting opportunity to join RSPBs UK marine team.

Seabirds globally are in trouble, declining faster than any other bird group in the world. In
the UK, marine birds failed to meet Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020 and are worryingly
moving away from the target under the UK Marine Strategy. In addition the recent seabird census
showed a decline of 70% decline in seabirds in our Scottish strongholds. 

Seabirds as apex predators are indicators of ocean health. They are sensitive to changes and
pressures in the marine environment and as such, their population trends and breeding success
can inform and measure the success of actions to protect and restore UK waters. These ongoing
declines are a clear warning that our seas are struggling. To ensure nature positive outcomes
for our seas, Governments must act on the worrying signs revealed by our seabirds as a catalyst
to end isolated approaches to marine management and prioritise delivery of holistic action for
climate and nature. On the current trajectory of ever-increasing pressures, further decline in
the UK’s internationally important seabird populations is inevitable without urgent and
ambitious action. It is now or never to make a change and put our seas on a path to recovery. 

Through our UK marine work the RSPB seeks to drive change focussed on ensuring seabirds have
plentiful food supplies and safe places to breed. For this role we’d be particularly keen to
hear from people with experience working on fisheries issues, support our aspirations to drive
changes to protect forage fish, with an emphasis on securing a closure to sandeel fishing in UK
waters and to reduce seabird mortality through bycatch. 

We are seeking a Marine Policy Officer to join our UK marine policy team at this exciting time.
The team are at the forefront of marine conservation, covering a range of essential issues from
approaches to marine spatial planning, offshore wind, fisheries, blue carbon and protected
areas, focussing on the need to halt biodiversity decline, restore our marine environment and
deliver upon our climate aspirations. 

The role will require a flexible candidate with experience working across environmental issues,
with a particular emphasis on protected sites and species. As our seas become busier emphasis
will be placed on our need to effectively deliver both well managed and new protected areas at
sea to support both seabird needs and build wider resilience into our seas.

Day-to-day tasks will include delivering high-quality advocacy to a range of external audiences
and managing team members to deliver against agreed objectives.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • A good understanding of environment / biodiversity legislation, public policy and its
    implications for conservation
  • A good understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns in supporting
    policy advocacy
  • Able to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment coupled with well honed
    political acumen
  • Effective negotiation and influencing skills relevant to role
  • Excellent communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in
    public to a variety of audiences, including those with opposing views
  • Confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB policy and advocacy to the media and
    social media
  • Strong time management, prioritisation and organisational skills
  • Effective project management skills
  • Able to act independently to generate and lead on policy positions and project development
  • Able to form effective teams (both internal and external) and work effectively as a team
    leader and a team player

This is a Permanent Full Time role for 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on 11th January 2024. For further
information please contact [email protected]

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete
an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience
listed above.

If you wish to provide a cover letter with your application, please include this at the end of
your CV document upload.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone
feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a
world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People
of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate,
sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled,
we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any
additional support you may need to complete your application.

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