Have you the skills to be an Oceans Campaigner?

Organisation: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Location: Islington, London

Position type: Paid, Full Time, Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Application closing date: 10.30 BST on Monday, April 10, 2017

Apply via the application form here

Person specification here

Contact name: Bill Dishington

Contact email: ukinfo@eia-international.org

Contact phone: +44 (0) 20 7354 7960

Website: www.eia-international.org


EIA has been at the forefront of efforts to combat environmental abuse since 1984. The Oceans Campaign has been a major part of EIA’s work since the organisation was founded in 1984, when EIA first documented Norwegian whaling. The campaign seeks to improve the status of global marine ecosystems and cetacean populations through a reduction in marine plastic pollution and strengthening of global protection for cetaceans. To successfully implement campaign strategies, the organisation requires a full-time Oceans Campaigner.


Main purpose of position

Documenting whale meat on sale in Japan (c) EIA

The Oceans Campaigner, reporting to the Head of the Oceans Campaign, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of key aspects of the campaign and help ensure its strategy is implemented effectively and on time. The role requires good coordination with the communications and fundraising departments.


Responsibilities and activities

  • Support the implementation of EIA’s Oceans Campaign strategy
  • Carry out detailed research into scientific and technical aspects of the campaign
  • Assist in the production of high-quality campaign materials such as briefings and videos
  • Attend relevant UK and international meetings
  • Assist in generating media coverage of the campaign, including blogs, press releases and social media initiatives, and build media contacts
  • Develop and maintain a network of high-level external contacts
  • Represent the campaign to a range of outside contacts such as politicians, civil society, industry and the media
  • Plan and participate in field investigations
  • Assist with campaign fundraising, including reporting requirements
  • Contribute to the campaign’s monitoring and evaluation processes, financial planning and budget tracking
  • Contribute to the production of the annual Oceans Campaign strategy and participate in EIA’s long-term strategic planning processes


Skills and abilities

  • Strong advocacy skills are essential
  • Ability to analyse complex social, political, economic and environmental parameters in ways that inform EIA’s work and communications
  • Ability to conduct detailed targeted research projects and tasks
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and time-management skills
  • Knowledge of international and European marine policy, particularly relating to cetacean conservation and marine plastic pollution
  • Ability to understand highly technical and scientific issues
  • Proven writing skills tailored to multiple audiences (technical reports, blogs etc.)
  • Ability to speak, read or write additional languages is desirable, in particular Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish
  • Legal right to work in the UK


Qualifications and experience

  • Degree or (preferably) post-graduate education in relevant area
  • Minimum two years of experience as part of a campaigning organisation, research organisation or equivalent


Please use the application form – CVs will not be considered. Please submit a recent sample of your writing.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place between April 17 and 28, 2017.