• Community of Arran Seabed Trust
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2 Marine Programme Assistants - volunteer opportunities


Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST launch a new Marine Learning and Activity Hub (The Octopus Centre) on the shores of Arran’s community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area? We are looking for 2 volunteers to assist in centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach during the spring and summer.

POSITION TITLE: Volunteer marine programme assistant (2 positions)

REPORTS TO: Communications Officer

DURATION: 4 months - from the 16th April to 15th August 2018, inclusive (extendable dependent on funding and performance)

HOURS:37.5 hours a week (including evening and weekend work as required)

LOCATION:COAST, Lamlash, Isle of Arran




Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

COAST is a multi-award winning marine restoration group established in 1995 by two local divers in response to the collapse of commercial fish stocks and the degradation of seabed habitats in the Clyde. Described by George Monbiot as 'pathfinders', COAST established Scotland's first and only community-driven No Take Zone in 2008 following a 13-year campaign. We proposed the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2012 which came into full effect in 2016.

COAST is a passionate volunteer-based organisation with a staff team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our MPA and the progressive development of Clyde marine management. To help deliver this, in December 2016, we purchased a shore-side site and pavilion in Lamlash which we have renovated and are now converting into a hub for marine engagement and recreation.


Main duties

The volunteers will focus on meeting and greeting locals and visitors to the marine hub, involving them with our marine environment and community in various ways: leading shore scrambles, rock pool sessions, touch tank sessions, pop-up events, hiring sports and games equipment, assisting with catering and selling COAST merchandise. In addition the volunteers will be asked to assist with:

  • Developing content (written, visual and audio-visual) and uploading to our website and social media channels
  • Event and workshop planning/organisation/logistics and volunteer management
  • Database development and maintenance, updating our interactive map, merchandise management and administration tasks
  • Assisting with any other designated tasks to support the COAST team


The person – qualifications, knowledge and experience

We are looking for 2 volunteers to work closely with staff, local volunteers and research students to support the development of our new hub. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join our friendly team this Spring/Summer. These roles will involve being the first point of contact for our visitors and volunteers so it is essential the volunteers project a positive and knowledgeable image of COAST and ensure everyone who visits or calls feels welcome and is well attended.



  • Commitment to conserving and restoring Scotland’s environment
  • A degree or post-graduate level qualification in a relevant discipline or practical experience and knowledge in the fields of marine science/environmental education/graphic communications and marketing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, confident talking in public and leading groups. An adaptable self-starter and problem-solver able to enthuse and motivate volunteers and the wider community
  • Keen awareness of health and safety issues and the ability to think and act quickly when confronted with emergencies
  • IT literate and competent user of Microsoft Office and other packages
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers, the work may involve walking on difficult to access rocky intertidal areas
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)



  • Full, clean, valid driving licence
  • Experience of working in the NGO/third sector
  • Competent in video editing, graphic design and ArcGIS
  • Experience using content management systems and blogs
  • Experience with aquariums/touch tanks and underwater drones
    • An up-to-date understanding and knowledge of marine environmental issues and current policy (Scotland, UK and EU)
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Disclosure Scotland, basic or higher level clearance


Professional development and learning context

  • We aim to provide our volunteers with a supportive and positive environment and a clear work programme so that you can make the most of your time volunteering with us.
  • Learn how a well-established and recognised community marine conservation organisation operates at our stunning location in Lamlash Bay.
  • Develop the skills to confidently plan, set up and deliver the day-to-day activities of a busy marine learning and activity centre, including retail, education and exhibition areas.
  • Peer to peer learning on the job with our Marine Outreach and Communications Officers.
  • You will receive training in First Aid and we will cover the cost of the Disclosure Scotland check. Other training opportunities may arise during the season.


To apply

To apply, please send a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements to Jenny Stark at jstark(at)arrancoast.com by 5pm, 15th March 2018.

Candidates selected for Skype interviews will be notified on Monday 19th March, with calls scheduled for the 21st/22nd/23rd March. The volunteer is expected to start on April 16th 2018.

We expect applicants to be able to commit to this role for the full 4 months.

If you would like to discuss this position with us informally, please email us at the same address.



  • Length of Volunteer position: 4 months (extendable depending on funding and performance).
  • Probation period: There will be a 1 month probation period.
  • Annual Leave: 20 days holiday plus 6 flexible public and 4 set public holidays pro rata.
  • Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week; this will often include weekends and evenings.
  • Location: COAST Office, Isle of Arran with travel to mainland UK. The candidate will be expected to be resident on Arran or to move to Arran.
  • Training: First Aid Training and training on the job will be provided as appropriate to the position.
  • Appraisals: There will be an appraisal after month 1 and month 4.
  • Subsistence: A subsistence contribution can be provided to assist with living costs.
  • Disclosure: Successful allocation of this position is subject to clearance from a basic Disclosure Scotland check.
  • Expenses: All appropriate work expenses will be reimbursed.