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National Marine Debris Campaigner - Melbourne / Perth

Sea Shepherd Australia
  • FTE Classification: Full-time
  • Location: Melbourne or Perth (office & remote)

SEA SHEPHERD

Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit marine conservation organisation, that campaigns to defend, conserve and protect the ocean. Our mission is to protect defenceless marine wildlife and end the destruction of habitat in the world’s oceans. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations.

THE TEAM

Sea Shepherd sees the key threats to ocean to be, Plastic Pollution, Illegal Fishing, Climate Change, and threats to vulnerable and endangered species.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris Campaign is on the front lines, fighting against the scourge of plastics that pollute coastlines and waterways. We have committed volunteer marine debris teams located all around Australia hosting regular community clean-ups and conduct intensive remote clean-up campaigns in places that demonstrate that no-where is safe from marine plastic pollution.

THE ROLE

The National Marine Debris Campaigner (MDC) will be required to run Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris / Ocean plastic defence campaign. They will assist in developing the strategy of the campaign as well as overseeing the execution of the campaign to protect Australia’s coasts and marine life from plastic pollution.

The campaign will directly give marine life reprieve from lethal plastic and indirectly assist with plastic industry reform via government submissions and alike. The role will also involve clean up participation at times to stay connected with the campaign and crew.

The role involves building relationships with key stakeholders, fostering strategic partnerships and participating in government meetings, panels and submissions in order to maximise minimising ocean plastics. The MDC will also be a key spokesperson and writer for the campaign and educator across various social media / media channels, schools and potentially corporate partners.

The role will also provide reports to the Sea Shepherd Australian board and other key stakeholders. The role reports directly to the Managing Director. The role leads and works closely with our Marine Debris Administration Coordinator, Remote Marine Debris Coordinator, and volunteer Marine Debris Team Coordinators located around Australia.

This is a passionate crew – working globally to protect, conserve and defend the world’s oceans. Our volunteers and supporters are the lifeblood of our movement, and this position plays a critical role in enabling our mission.

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE YOU:

  • Join the global direct-action movement that is defending the world’s oceans.
  • Protect defenceless marine wildlife and habitat in tackling the key threats.
  • Our friendly and supportive team will facilitate a great working environment – we can be flexible with working hours and working from home or in the office, as long as the hours are completed. Sea Shepherd values the health and wellbeing of our staff above all else, and in these uncertain times, we’re happy to work with you to help facilitate the lifestyle conducive to your wellbeing.

THE CANDIDATe

We are seeking an experienced, motivated, independent, values-driven campaigner with a passion and understanding of the not-for-profit sector. This role will suit someone who is enthusiastic, organised, with a can-do attitude and a flexible approach to tasks and working hours. The successful candidate will have a the ability to focus on tangible outcomes and think strategically, while also putting on many hats at times. This is a busy role in a small, but passionate team.

A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:

  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the marine plastic pollution and waste issue in Australia.
  • Experience in campaigning and advocacy on conservation issues.
  • Have experience working with and supporting volunteers from varying backgrounds
  • Experience managing and creating content for social media and other communications.
  • Be experienced in event planning and delivery
  • Be passionate about the protection of the oceans and have a safety mindset
  • Have highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess the ability to manage and prioritise a range of tasks, plan and work to deadlines
  • Work proactively and independently with limited supervision, but also be a team player
  • Ability to think out-of-the-box and to adapt plans to changing circumstances and restrictions placed on events
  • Be flexible with working hours – working with volunteers and staff across multiple time zones and occasional weekend/evening work may be required

JOB DESCRIPTION

The role directs and works closely with our Marine Debris Administration Coordinator (full time), Remote Marine Debris Campaigner (volunteer atm), and volunteer Marine Debris Team Coordinators (volunteers) located around Australia.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead and run Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris / Ocean plastic defence campaign.
  • Assist in developing the strategy of the campaign as well as overseeing the execution of the campaign to protect Australia’s coasts and marine life from plastic pollution.
  • Undertake government submissions / advocacy in a bid to see plastic industry reform.
  • Prepare relevant briefings and updates to staff, Board and other stakeholders on specific campaign issues, progress and outcomes.
  • Assist in the production of high-quality campaign materials.
  • Beach clean-up participation at times to stay connected with the campaign and crew.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders, fostering strategic partnerships and participating in government meetings, panels and submissions in order to maximise minimising ocean plastics.
  • Be a key spokesperson and writer for the campaign and educator across various media channels, schools and potentially corporate partners.
  • Report directly to the head of campaigns.

Please see attached for full Job Description.

To ask any questions about the role – please contact recruitment@seashepherd.org.au using the subject line: National Marine Debris Campaigner - Melbourne / Perth enquiry via EthicalJobs. DO NOT CALL OUR SWITCHBOARD NUMBER.

Don’t delay – apply today. We will be shortlisting as we go and will appoint the right person as soon as we find them.

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