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Project Coordinator - Fixed term contract for 18 months

Salary : £26,000 – £30,000 dependent on experience

Location: Home-based, with approximately fortnightly travel to Sussex & North Norfolk (including overnight stays), and quarterly visits to the Marine Conservation Society HQ in Ross on Wye.

Closing date: 12th July


Phone interviews to longlisted candidates w/c 17 July - Final interviews with shortlisted candidates in London on the 27 or 28 July

Originally initiated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2015, the Marine CoLABoration project (LAB) brings together large and small organizations to increase the capacity of the environmental sector to communicate the role of the ocean in human wellbeing, culture and prosperity, through collaboration with others.  Current partners include ClientEarth, Fauna & Flora International, Forum for the Future, Institute for European Environmental Policy, IPSO, New Economics Foundation, Thames Estuary Partnership, Zoological Society of London and us, the Marine Conservation Society.

The 'Agents of Change' project is a new approach that seeks to bring together national environmental NGOs and sea users in two selected sites (North Norfolk and Sussex). The project will test whether a new, exciting and engaging collaboration can more effectively engage communities and dramatically transform local narratives around Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 

As Project Coordinator, you will lead the Agents of Change project, and work with LAB partners, participating groups and individuals to develop and change local narratives around MPAs in the target areas.  You will support LAB partners in a learning journey that will embed the understanding and application of a Values-Based approach.

At the end of the contract term, you will have successfully delivered against your project plan, and evaluated the impact of it in Sussex and North Norfolk.  You will have supported the objectives of the LAB by working with the local community to engage with the management of their MPAs and developed a replicable project framework to apply this learning in other locations.  No small feat, and an incredible legacy!

To be successful, you’ll need to be able to show us your expertise in these key areas:

  • Experience of working in community engagement over time and in a variety of contexts. You will need to be able to hit the ground running, with confidence and knowledge of working within communities.
  • The ability to develop and manage relationships with stakeholders and other partners – tell us how you’ve defended and promoted difficult messages and created change at policy, systems and/or community levels.
  • Show a successful track-record of designing and delivering complex projects on time, within budget and able to demonstrate evaluation techniques to ensure learning from project outcomes.
  • Have outstanding and innovative communication skills, through written formats and/or face-to-face events - especially the ability to communicate complex ideas in a creative, articulate and confident way and to adapt language to varied audiences.
  • Be able to articulate an understanding of sustainable development and how it relates to MPAs.
  • Comfortable travelling for work and events – a confident driver with access to your own car.

Download the application form here (sorry, we do not accept CVs)

Download the Recruitment Information Pack here


For any enquiries email or telephone 01989 566017.


MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

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

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