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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been the voice for our seas for nearly 30 years; championing sustainable fisheries, clean seas and beaches and protection for marine wildlife. 

All candidates are required to use our Application Form - regretfully we don't accept CVs - and we ask that you submit the application to us in an editable format (no pdf) for registration and shortlisting purposes. Please send your applications to

We are currently seeking to recruit the following new team member:




Contract:                  Full-time, Fixed Term Maternity Cover (expected to be 6 months initially)
Salary range:            £22,000 to £23,500 (Grade 5)
Location:                  Flexible – post may be home-based but will need to work from offices in Cardiff for 3 days per week and attend the

                                 MCS office in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire at least 1 day per month.

Closing date:            Sunday 22nd March 2015
Interviews:               W/C 6th April 2015 in Cardiff

We are seeking a Policy Officer to work in Wales to lead on specific Welsh policy areas and to input into wider UK policy. This post will be an exciting combination of policy, advocacy and campaigning. 

This is the ideal opportunity for someone with a marine or other environmental policy and legislation background, by providing advice for the development of a coherent marine policy, which will complement and underpin marine advocacy work for Wales Environment Link (WEL).  You will be experienced in responding to policy consultations and able to undertake environmental policy or political liaison work.  You will represent MCS and WEL with assurance when attending policy events and in developing WEL and MCS policy documents.

A confident communicator, you will have a track record in responding to consultations, producing persuasive documents for a range of audiences and be able to achieve WELs’ conservation objectives through policy advocacy.

The remit will include Wales National Marine Pan, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, marine licensing as well as Environment Bill, Wellbeing and Future Generation Bill and Planning Bill.

This post is one of three roles which make-up the Wales Environment Link (WEL) marine campaign team and is hosted by MCS. The post holder will work in partnership with a Policy Officer based in RSPB Cymru and a Marine Campaign and Advocacy Officer based with Wildlife Trusts Wales.


  • Understanding of issues surrounding the Marine Act, Marine Spatial Planning and any other forthcoming relevant bills
  • Able to respond to government consultations in marine or another environmental discipline
  • Have an understanding of how government policy is developed and implemented
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal in order to present compelling information to a range of audiences

This post is kindly supported by Esme Fairbairn and Waterloo Foundation.

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been the voice for our seas for nearly 30 years; championing sustainable fisheries, clean seas and beaches and protection for marine

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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