Cardiff, Cardiff
£20,200 - £24,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Research Assistant - Clean Seas and Wales Programmes

Contract: Permanent, full time 
Salary: £20,200 - £24,000 dependent on experience 
Location: Cardiff (initially home based) 
Closing: Noon on 17th August 2020 (MCS reserves the right to close earlier if sufficient applications are received)
Interviews: 26th August 2020 (initial interview), 15th September 2020 (second interview)

The Marine Conservation Society fights for the future of our ocean through people-powered action – with science on our side. We defend habitats and species, with communities, businesses and governments. Together, we work towards a cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean. For seas full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive. 

We have ambitious plans to drive political, cultural and social change and as we EU-exit – it is vital that MCS is able to support work in Wales and across the whole of the UK’s clean seas programme.

We are looking for a talented individual who has a strong background in understanding policy and advocacy in Wales, and is interested in supporting broader work on pollution across the whole of the UK. You need to be able to work independently and in a dynamic, changing environment and eager to apply your skills to marine conservation.

Key Skills

- Extensive understanding of the marine environment, ideally including but not limited to policy and conservation
- Able to independently undertake research and present a critical analysis, e.g. from datasets or via desktop research
- Experience in GIS mapping, including using Arc GIS and the presentation of geographical data
- Able to work in a variety of settings (home and office) with minimal supervision – track record of working on own initiative and practical problem solving
- A fluent Welsh speaker would be advantageous
- A personal style in line with MCS’s values: passionate; creative; collaborative; approachable; determined

How to Apply

Select the apply button shown to download the information pack, which includes the full job description and the specifics around what we would like to see in your application.

We ask that you start your CV with a 100-word summary of your suitability for this role (but don’t include any academic qualifications). You will also be asked to include a cover letter which tells us why you would like to work with us, and how you meet the role and person specification. We value this element of the application, so make sure you include it.  

We reserve the right to close vacancies before the date stated (without further notice), when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. You are advised to submit your completed application as soon as possible to have the best chance of being considered.


MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England and Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Other organisations may call this role Researcher, Research Associate, Marine Research Assistant, Marine Conservation Research Associate, or Marine Environment Research Assistant.

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Posted on: 29 July 2020
Closing date: 17 August 2020
Job ref: HKWTE1708/CC-HL-CC
Tags: Policy/Research
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