Project Officer - My Local Catch

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Salary: £26,297 per annum (inflationary increase pending) plus 9% pension contribution
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Whitehaven, New Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6DU
We have an exciting opportunity for candidates who have a keen interest and passion for the marine environment, sustainable fisheries and seafood. The Project Officer will be part of a diverse marine programme across the North West, working to promote the protection and recovery of marine life and blue carbon habitats in the Irish Sea.

The My Local Catch project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will run alongside the Trust’s innovative research programme, the Cumbrian Creel project, in partnership with local, small-scale fishermen. The Project Officer will work with local fishermen using low-impact fishing methods, as well as coastal communities, suppliers, retailers, schools and youth groups, to raise awareness about the benefits of locally and sustainably-sourced seafood in the recovery of our seas. Sustainably-caught ‘local catch’ will be used and promoted throughout the project.

What we are looking for: We are seeking a self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, able to work well within a remote team and with a wide range of audiences. Applicants should have an excellent understanding of current UK marine conservation issues, particularly fisheries and their environmental impacts. We are looking for candidates with a keen interest and passion for the marine environment and community engagement. Applicants must have a driving licence and access to a car with business use insurance.

Completed application forms should be returned with a covering letter outlining the candidate's suitability for the post, to Claire Ladell, Senior Personnel Officer, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Plumgarths, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8LX or by email to

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard anything within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has not been successful.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Thursday 8 April 2021.

Please note that due to the varying Covid-19 restrictions, the recruitment programme may be subject to change.

Applicants shortlisted for an interview will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions.

Applicants also should be aware that this post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check due to it being exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and therefore spent criminal convictions should also be declared if shortlisted for an interview.

The anticipated start date for the post is Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Any further enquiries should be directed to Dr Emily Baxter (Senior Marine Conservation Officer),  or ring 01539 816 300.

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