Communications Officer

Position: Communications Officer

Job Reference: CO01
Application Deadline: 15 December 2021
Start Date: 3 January 2022

This is a part-time position (24 hours per week)
Salary: £11K-£12K per year
Location: 100% WFH

About The Position

We looking for a creative and enthusiastic Communications Officer to join our team of passionate biologists, vets, conservationists and volunteers to help raise awareness of sea turtle conservation through management of social media platforms and the creation of inspiring and engaging digital and printed content. This position would suit candidates that wish to further their creative skills and gain experience working with a well-respected conservation charity. The successful candidate will be highlight motivated with a shared passion for marine conservation and a willingness to learn and to educate others.

Job Description

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Managing social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube
  • Converting scientific findings into digestible material for social media, press releases, webpages, blogs and presentations
  • Compiling newsletters for followers, partners and donors
  • Preparing and running digital fundraising campaigns to support our various projects and operations
  • Video editing for use on ORP’s digital platforms
  • Liaising with partners and providing them with necessary content materials to promote ORP
  • Writing and proofreading website content
  • Creating/overseeing the production of brochures, fact sheets, presentations,  training materials and reports
  • Maintaining media library

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications, experience, and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Marine Biology or similar, OR Communications/Marketing/Graphic Design OR relevant experience
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, the marine environment and conservation
  • Expert knowledge of social media including Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube and Twitter
  • An ability to interpret and translate published scientific reports
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Excellent proof-reading skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience with photo and video editing software

Assets

  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience working for a conservation charity
  • Experience working as part of a team, remotely
  • Experience preparing press releases, blogs, articles etc.

The Organisation

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is on a mission to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education and outreach. At the core of our work is a passionate and dedicated team of scientists, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers. We pride ourselves in being able to collaborate with a wide range of diverse groups in order to reach our goal and fill data gaps in sea turtle conservation. The charity is at the forefront of sea turtle conservation, influencing local policy makers, fishing communities and collaborating with research institutes. We currently have bases in Maldives, Oman, Kenya and Pakistan.

Education is a big part of ORP’s mission and an important aspect of our multifaceted approach to protecting sea turtles and their habitats. We believe education is a powerful tool to increase awareness, engage people – particularly young people – and stimulate action at the local, international and policy level. Social media and the internet play an important role here. We maintain an active presence on various social media channels, posting both educational and more entertaining content. The main aim of this role is to expand our digital presence and increase engagement amongst our social media followers in order to educate and inspire them to get involved with sea turtle conservation and marine conservation in general.

How to Apply

To apply for the position as Communications Officer, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to Rosie Brown at rosie.brown@oliveridleyproject.org before 15 December 2021, quoting job reference “CO01” in the email subject field, including any examples of creative work from previous roles.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

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