Could you be COAST’s next manager?

Do you have the experience to manage one of Scotland’s foremost community-led and award-winning marine conservation groups?
Leading our dedicated team on the Isle of Arran you will have excellent strategic and people skills, a demonstrated commitment to conservation and the ability to realise the full potential of COAST’s unique Discovery Centre.

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-led No Take Zone in 2008 following a 13-year campaign. We were also the driving force behind the South Arran Marine Protected Area (SAMPA) designated in 2014, which came into full effect in 2016.

COAST is a small organisation with an enthusiastic staff and volunteer team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our Marine Protected Area 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. In September 2018, we proudly opened Scotland’s first community-led Marine Protected Area visitor centre (COAST Discovery Centre), which provides a unique opportunity for the public to connect to our seas and discover how they can make a difference to marine conservation. We aim to extend and develop this facility.

The job

The Manager will work closely with the Board, staff, volunteers and external partners to deliver our ambitious five-year strategic plan and mission. The post holder will manage COAST’s daily operations, while overseeing our finances, staff team and the development of COAST’s Discovery Centre, with the overall aim of conserving and recovering Arran’s unique marine environment.

To apply

To apply, a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements should be sent by email to Andrew Binnie at by 12th July 2021. Online interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 19th July. If you would like to discuss this position with us informally please email us at the same address.

For more information about the role and how to apply see the COAST website

Featured image credit: COAST