Seagrass Project Officer

  • Job Reference: 00004905-1
  • Date Posted: 12 January 2022
  • Recruiter: The Scottish Seabird Centre
  • Location: Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £25,000 to £28,000 (subject to experience)
  • Sector: Contract Catering, Operations, Executive
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The Seagrass project officer will work collaboratively with partners, volunteers, schools and community groups to connect people from communities along the East Lothian shoreline with the marine environment. The project officer will regularly liaise with the Seagrass Project Officer based at the Ecology Centre in Fife and the Restoration Forth Engagement Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), to ensure complementary activities are delivered across the project’s 6 community hubs. Technical support will be provided by the Project Seagrass Marine Survey lead.

Principal duties

Seagrass restoration
1. The project officer will work with Project Seagrass to survey seagrass extent in the Firth of Forth (East Lothian coastline).
2. Support the sourcing and seed collection/growth of seagrass for Restoration Forth and be involved with planting trials, ensuring adequate volunteer participation.
3. Be involved in the monitoring of the effectiveness of the seagrass planting trials.

Citizen science monitoring

4. Use Nature Scot’s Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Handbook to develop, deliver, and communicate a varied programme of marine citizen science engagement activities.
5. Collect and submit reliable data about intertidal species to the MarClim Project on a regular basis.
6. To support science projects on the benefits (ecological and social) of seagrass restoration.

Education and engagement

7. Contribute to the conservation and education activities at the Scottish Seabird Centre, with a focus on broadening the level of engagement along the East Lothian coastline.
8. Inspire and educate the local community on the importance of marine ecosystems, the services they provide and the current conservation management challenges.
9. Produce interactive communication materials for Restoration Forth and the Scottish Seabird Centre to creatively engage audiences using a range of media and platforms.

Project management

10. Lead on the development of an annual work plan for approval by the Project Steering Group, ensuring clear milestones and budgets are set.
11. Lead on the tracking of project activities, outcomes and expenditure for the elements of the project which the Scottish Seabird Centre is leading.
12. Produce accurate and timely information to WWF-UK for funder reports.

Volunteer management

13. Engage new and existing volunteers to participate in practical conservation on behalf of the Restoration Forth and the Scottish Seabird Centre.
14. Review and update health and safety risk assessments to safeguard staff, volunteers, and members of the public participating in the events and activities they lead.


15. To undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as required by the Chief Executive.
16. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant partners, groups, organisations, and landowners.