Marine Officer, Solent Seagrass Project

Marine Officer, Solent Seagrass Project

Closing date:
Salary: £23,500 per annum
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Hampshire, SO32 2DP
We are looking for a dynamic, experienced and capable Marine Officer, Solent Seagrass Project with a genuine passion for the marine environment to assist the Senior Specialist – Marine Conservation with the Solent Seagrass Project, taking a lead on certain aspects of the project.

Job Title: Marine Officer, Solent Seagrass Project

Full Time – 35 hours per week

Fixed Term Contract for 12 months with potential for extension subject to funding

Salary: £23,500 per annum

Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Southampton, SO32 2DP

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement working for nature’s recovery and to bring people closer to nature.

‘Our vision for a wilder future is beautiful and vital!’

We want great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife.

We want nature to be normal, for children to grow up with wild green spaces to explore.

We want to restore and re-wild our land and sea and tip the balance in favour of nature.

We know this is what’s needed for our food, oxygen, physical and mental health, our prosperity and for a strong and vibrant society.

We know that nature’s recovery can help tackle the climate crisis.

Our future has to be wilder!

We are seeking a Marine Officer, Solent Seagrass Project to join our cause.

You’ll need to be comfortable working as part of a team on a multi-faceted project as well as being comfortable working on your own or leading groups of volunteers.

To work towards our vision of a wilder future and 30% of land and sea restored for nature Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has joined forces with Boskalis Westminster to undertake a seagrass restoration project within the Solent, beginning with an important research and development phase. We want to see seagrass habitats in the Solent restored towards their historical levels and for seagrass to be present in all locations that could support it. By restoring seagrass habitats, we will create a wilder Solent, supporting increased biodiversity and sustainable fisheries, promoting greater ecosystem services, cleaner water and creating a natural carbon solution to mitigate the effects of climate change. This project sits alongside our other marine work, delivered through the lottery-funded Secrets of the Solent project and the ReMEDIES project in partnership with Natural England. The Marine Officer may be required to assist with some activities across these projects as well, where relevant. 

This full time, fixed term role involves:

Day to day

  • Co-ordinate and deliver seagrass surveys, as agreed with the Senior Specialist – Marine Conservation
  • Co-ordinate and organise volunteers who are helping with the project
  • Train and support volunteers as required
  • Carry out project administration as required
  • Write reports and produce project communications as required
  • Ensure data collected is entered into appropriate databases
  • Run public engagement activities including talks and events in line with the project
  • Deliver other project activities as needed
  • Developing and maintaining key partnerships with a broad range of groups
  • Running and assisting in the smooth running of public events (from conception to delivery) and volunteer activities


  • Abide by Trust procedures and policies, in particular Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding & Child Protection and GDPR
  • Follow finance policies, processes and procedures
  • Promote the Trust wherever possible, in particular recruiting new members
  • Undertake additional duties commensurate with the post as may reasonably be requested from time to time

Job Specification/Scope of Role

  • Travel will be required around the Trust sites
  • A full, clean driving licence is required.

Who we’re looking for:

The full Job Description and Person Specification is provided in the Recruitment Pack but in summary, the following is required:

  • Marine biology knowledge and experience
  • Ability to talk confidently on marine issues
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of marine issues
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills

  • Ability to prioritise jobs in a challenging and constantly changing work environment

  • Capable of working as part of a team and across the wider organisation

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work.  We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Closing date: 20th September 2021

Interviews:  TBC

To apply, please download and complete both parts of the application form (parts a and b) and return to Please note that we do not accept C.Vs.

Application Form Part A

Application Form Part B