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Marine Policy Officer

Reference: FEB20246230
Expiry date: 2024-02-26 23:59:00.000
Location: Flexible in Scotland
Salary: £30,940.00 - £33,215.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes.pdf

We are looking for a Marine Policy Officer to join RSPB Scotland’s expert Policy & Advocacy team, working to secure the legal and policy frameworks needed to drive nature's recovery in Scotland and beyond!

Steep declines in seabird populations are a clear signal that urgent action is needed to protect and recover Scotland’s coasts and seas. You will help us secure major gains for nature by developing and advocating RSPB Scotland's policies to address the key drivers of biodiversity loss in the marine environment. Particular areas of focus are likely to include the regulation of fisheries and the creation and management of Marine Protected Areas and Highly Protected Marine Areas.

You will join at a critical time for Scotland and will help place restoring the health of the seas high on the political agenda and at the heart of tackling the nature and climate emergency. We are looking for a passionate conservationist, with excellent topic knowledge and ability to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment.

This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate individual to influence the future of marine nature conservation within the largest wildlife charity in Europe.

The role could be based anywhere within Scotland but travel to Edinburgh and to other locations across Scotland and the UK will frequently be required

Essential skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, or experience relevant to the role.
  • Able to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment.
  • Able to negotiate with and influence others.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills e.g. professional, persuasive, engaging.
  • Strong time management and organisational skills.
  • Able to prioritise effectively.
  • Able to manage projects effectively.
  • An understanding of environment/biodiversity policy, in particular the policy area relevant to the role.
  • Working understanding of Scottish/UK/EU/global institutions where relevant the role. 

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Educated to post graduate degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • An understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns in supporting policy advocacy.
  • Experience of operating in a policy and/or advocacy role. 

This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week. For further information please contact 

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

Interviews to be held on Thursday 7th of March 

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.

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

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.