Wild Oysters Project Officer

Job title:                 Wild Oysters Project Officer (Tyne & Wear)

Salary:                           £25,000 pro rata (equating to £15,000 per annum)

Hours:                    Part Time – 22.5 hours per week

Duration:                     Fixed Term (to 1st June 2023)

Location:               Sunderland and homeworking with regular travel


About us

Groundwork is a leading regeneration charity, working through partnership to create communities in which people are proud to live and work.  We help people to carry out thousands of diverse, locally-led projects each year. Projects that tackle climate change and help people out of fuel poverty. That bring out the best in young people by helping them to improve their local area. Projects that build stronger communities by improving green space or get people back into work and create green jobs.

Wild Oysters is an exciting new project, developed by the Zoological Society of London, Blue Marine Foundation and British Marine.

About the role

The project will take place over three years having started in June 2020,and will create Oyster Rehabilitation Hubs in three locations across the UK- Tyne & Wear in England, North Wales and West Coast of Scotland. At each Rehabilitation Hub Oyster Nurseries will be installed across two Marinas, and we will restore the seabed by creating Oyster Reefs. The Oyster Nurseries form an important tool in our education and engagement programme, using the Oyster Nurseries we will engage local communities and schools with native oyster biology and culture, and with wider marine conservation issues.

As Wild Oyster Project Officer you will be responsible for implementation of the NE England Wild Oyster Rehabilitation Hub including supporting the installation of the native oyster nurseries, restoration of wild native oyster habitat, delivering regular public outreach and education sessions to engage the local community with the Wild Oysters project and leading citizen science-based monitoring and reporting.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Check through Disclosure Scotland

About you

We want someone with experience of working as part of a science/conservation/policy project and of delivering marine conservation or research projects. You will also have experience of carrying out fieldwork and delivering successful educational outreach sessions and public engagement activities. Your role will require you to have excellent communication skills as well as a good grasp of relevant conservation issues in the UK and in the marine/estuarine environment globally.

For more information have a look at our Candidate Pack or for an informal discussion, please contact Chris Watson on chris.watson@groundwork.org.uk

Want to apply?

Great.  All you need to do is complete the application form below;

Application Form

Wild Oyster Project Officer – Job Description

Wild Oyster Project Officer – Person Specification

Wild Oyster Project Officer – Candidate Pack


Closing date:                   Midnight on Wednesday 8th July 2020

Interview date:              Friday 17th July 2020

All completed applications should be emailed to HR.NorthEast@groundwork.org.uk

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