The Wild Oysters Project is a national oyster restoration initiative, developed by ZSL (Zoological Society of London), BLUE (Blue Marine Foundation) and British Marine, funded by the Postcode Dream Trust and delivered locally by Clyde Porpoise CIC.
The three-year project started in June 2020, aiming to restore Britain’s seas to health through the restoration of the native oyster. We have created oyster restoration sites in three locations in the UK: Tyne & Wear in NE England, Firth of Clyde in Scotland and Conwy Bay in Wales. At each hub oyster nurseries have been installed across two marinas, and seabed restoration will take place by creating oyster habitat. The oyster nurseries form an important tool in our education and engagement programme through engaging local communities and schools with native oyster biology and culture, and with wider marine conservation issues.
At the Wild Oysters: Firth of Clyde site our oyster nurseries are located in Largs Yacht Haven and Fairlie Quay Marina and are managed by a Local Project Officer based at the Clyde Porpoise CIC in Fairlie North Ayrshire. These will be the primary locations for the education and outreach programmes.
Key purpose of the job
The Project Assistant will be recruited by the Clyde Porpoise CIC to support the Local Project Officer (3 or 4 days per week- please express preference in your application) with the delivery of regular public outreach and education sessions to engage the community with the Wild Oysters Firth of Clyde project. The Project Assistant will also support the Project Officer with restoration fieldwork, such as the monitoring and maintenance of the oyster nurseries installed in marinas.
Main duties and key responsibilities
- The Project Assistant will support the Project Officer with restoration activities, such as when checking, cleaning, maintaining and scientific monitoring the oyster nurseries.
- The Project Assistant will support the Local Project Officer to deliver educational sessions with school groups.
- The Project Assistant will support the Local Project Officer to deliver public outreach sessions with the community, which may include cultural events and workshops to train citizen scientists.
- The Project Assistant will coordinate the booking & administration of education and outreach sessions and volunteer sessions.
- The Project Assistant will support the Local Project Officer with project communications, such as promoting the project on social media and capturing images and video footage of the project progress.
- It is essential that the postholder is comfortable leading schools/groups outreach and public facing sessions.
- It is desirable that postholder has an environmental science related degree or equivalent experience.
- It is desirable that the postholder is competent using the projects social media channels.
- It is essential that the postholder has access to transport.
- It is desirable that the postholder will hold a current Disclosure Scotland check. Note that the successful candidate will be offered the role subject to Disclosure Scotland checks.
- The successful candidate will be employed by the Clyde Porpoise CIC, ideally working 3 or 4 days per week (please express preference in application) for a one-year, subject to a three-month probation period.
- The Project Assistant salary is £19,674 FTE, based on a 4-day week the salary will be £15,739 pro rata and based on a 3-day week the salary will be £11,804 pro rata.
- The Project Assistant role will include flexible working including working at weekends. The role will include work in harsh conditions and include physically demanding work.
- The expenses of the Project Assistant to be agreed by Project Officer and Wild Oysters Project Manager, will be covered by the project.
- The Project Assistant work plan will be managed by the Project Officer and the Wild Oyster Project Manager.
- The successful candidate will be offered the role subject to Disclosure Scotland checks, demonstrating the “right to work” in the UK and signing of appropriate safeguarding polices.
Application for post
To apply for this position please forward CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 29th September.