Saint Agnes, Cornwall
£22,500 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is one of the UK's leading marine conservation and campaigning charities. Our mission is simple: to Create Ocean Activists everywhere. Our projects and campaigns inspire, unite and empower individuals and communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.

The organisation was founded in 1990 and became a charity in 2013.

The charity is made up of a board of 11 trustees, an executive team of 20 (which is expected and forecast to grow to 28-30 over the next 12 months), 200 Regional Reps and over 100,000 active volunteers around the UK. The charity also founded and runs the only marine conservation All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster – the Ocean Conservation APPG, bringing together a collaborative voice for ocean in Westminster.

The charity has been particularly active at the forefront of the plastic pollution debate in recent years, driving legislative action on plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and brand accountability, and founding the Plastic Free Communities movement and Plastic Free Awards.

Thriving ocean, thriving people.

This is our vision of the future. This simple phrase captures everything that matters to us, not just in SAS, but humankind. It’s a mantra, a motto, a rallying cry to drive us on, with a huge collective goal to help tilt our delicate planet back on its axis. This sounds huge, but when you love what you do, and work as one, that future draws ever nearer.

Community & Values

The ever-growing SAS community believes in staying connected with the ocean. To strengthen this bond, we live by four core values, which matter deep down, to us all.

  • Open: Together, we’re passionate, down to earth campaigners, born out of the community, with a deep unrelenting love of the ocean. We believe in building diverse, inclusive and active communities.
  • Dynamic: We are dynamic, radical, active, energetic doers and campaigners. From the beaches to the front benches, we bring people together, empowering them to get stuck in and make real change happen.
  • Authentic: We are human, doing our best. When we don’t get things right, we learn from it. We believe in authenticity. You can’t fake trust.
  • Creative: We are creative and entrepreneurial. We move fast, think far and believe the future is bright. From our humble home, we make waves (of all shapes and sizes) to improve our greatest gift. A healthy ocean = a healthy society.

Role and Objectives:

Surfers Against Sewage is a campaigning charity that delivers radical hope inside and outside the ‘establishment’. From empowering and mobilising hundreds of thousands of activists at the beach front annually, to running the Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group, campaigning comes in many forms. We are seeking a an experienced, talented and passionate Policy Officer to fill a new position within the organisation to support the research, development and implementation of  political strategies, and inform our policy position on the issues we focus on including ocean health, water quality, climate change and plastic pollution. This exiting role will be responsible for keeping up to date with the very fast-moving political landscape, both in the UK and abroad, where relevant. You will work with politicians from all parties to advocate policies and political change for thriving oceans and thriving people. You will work closely with the Projects and Campaigns team to inform our campaign work and actions. You will build and maintain strong internal and external relationships with colleagues, partners and funders.  You will also work closely with the Ocean Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group. We are in the midst of an ocean emergency & an environmental revolution, and this role will play a vital part in driving change for a sustainable, bluer future.

Key Activities:

  • Monitor developments and changes in UK politics;
  • Analysis of external  environmental policy documents and legislation;
  • Research policy and legislation relevant to our campaign areas;
  • Co-ordinate the Ocean Conservation APPG;
  • Brief senior staff of relevant policy areas.
  • Support the development of SAS policy positions;
  • Support political lobbying at a senior, national level;
  • Help develop and draft speeches for CEO and senior staff.
  • Promote SAS’s policy positions at events and meetings both within and outside Westminster;
  • Update the website, prepare news stories and engage in delivering social media.
  • Produce internal monthly project reports;
  • Support the drafting project and funding proposals;
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with other key groups and stakeholders working in similar areas of work to SAS;
  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested by your line manager or any other member of the SAS team.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adopt a positive approach to personal and professional development; engaging in one to one meetings and relevant training
  • To be aware of, and act on, relevant health and safety responsibilities as an employee of SAS and adhere to these wherever you are working
  • To maintain confidentiality in all areas of work at SAS
  • UK travel will be required. Training & operational activities may require overnight stays away from Cornwall, in which case standard SAS procedure apply
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to creating an inclusive, equal and diverse workplace.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across SAS to collectively deliver our ethos and mission, vision and aims

Person Specification

The position will suit an experienced, energetic, dynamic and dedicated officer with a strong knowledge of UK and international environmental policy and legislation. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, well-organised, and thrive within a dynamic and fast-paced environment. The person will have a passion to protect our oceans.


  • Knowledge and interest in politics;
  • Knowledge of relevant UK politics and devolved administrations;
  • Experience of political lobbying;
  • Experience of development and implementation of successful political strategies in association with campaign work;
  • Experience of working with Parliamentary processes;
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective contacts and relationships with senior and influential external individuals and bodies;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people both verbally and in writing including the media, volunteers and other NGO representatives;
  • Exceptional IT literacy;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems;
  • Ability to work flexible hours as necessary;
  • A good team player with a willingness to muck in as and where required;
  • Upbeat and clear thinking even when working at a fast pace;
  • Inspired by SAS’s mission and vision;
  • Full clean UK driving license.


  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental and water quality policy and legislation;
  • Experience in social media communications.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.

Closing Date: Friday 27th December 2019 at 23:30

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held on Thursday 16th January 2020 at SAS HQ in St Agnes, Cornwall.

Surfers Against Sewage values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Refreshed on: 18 December 2019
Closed date: 27 December 2019
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy

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