Marine Habitat Restoration Project Manager (Solent)


Marine Habitat Restoration Project Manager (Solent)

Job Description:

BLUE is seeking a marine habitat restoration Project Manager to lead the development and delivery of our Solent seascape scale restoration project, which aims to restore and reconnect fragmented oyster, saltmarsh, and seagrass habitats collectively in the Solent. This project builds on the already well-established and successful Solent oyster project which has been running since 2015, aiming to restore the Solent’s native oysters to a healthy, self-sustaining population by using innovative oyster nurseries and building oyster reefs. The marine habitat restoration Project Manager will work closely with BLUE’s restoration team and project partners on developing active restoration methods and quantifying ecosystem benefits to showcase the importance of protecting the marine environment on a large scale.


This is an incredible opportunity to join a highly impactful charity at the cutting edge of marine conservation.


Salary: £30,000 – £33,000 per annum (dependent on knowledge and experience)


Contract: Fixed term until June 2023, with the possibility of extension.


Hours: 40 per week, Monday to Friday. N.B. This job requires some fieldwork, which may be weather and tide dependent, therefore some flexibility will be necessary.


Reporting to:  Senior Restoration Project Manager UK


Location: To be based in the Solent, with some days in central London. Field work predominantly in Hampshire. Other travel as necessary.


Application deadline: Monday 29th November 2021


Interviews: W/C 6th December 2021


Please send your CV and a letter explaining your skills and suitability for the role along with information on your salary expectations to Anna Gage:

If you would like to know more or have any questions, then we’d be happy to help.


We are committed to an inclusive workplace, where there is equality of opportunity. We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Roles & responsibilities


Project delivery and Management

  • Develop and implement BLUE’s Solent Seascape Restoration Project and continue leading the day-to-day delivery of the already well-established Solent oyster project, which now sits as part of the wider Seascape restoration project
  • Maintain existing partnerships and relationships with stakeholders and build new ones to deliver this project in the Solent.
  • Oversee all restoration logistics in the Solent including maintenance and management of oyster nurseries, storage and deposition of cultch, shell collection, and other restoration materials for saltmarsh and seagrass.
  • Lead on the development, management, and oversight of marine licence applications, provide technical input into developing the supporting documents including HRA, biosecurity and monitoring plans.
  • Liaise with the Restoration Science Officer on development and management of research and monitoring programmes and databases across the Solent, for both internal and external purposes.
  • Work with BLUE’s restoration team and wider Senior Project Managers to assess the logistical, technical, and legislative barriers for project delivery to inform change for future restoration work.
  • Work with BLUE’s restoration team and wider Senior Project Managers to develop seascape restoration strategies using the Solent project as an evidence-based case study.
  • Produce reports to funders on progress against deliverables and provide scientific content and guidance to BLUE to meet funding and reporting requirements.
  • Support the development of other/ future funding proposals.
  • Write reports and proposals and provide updates/ presentations for internal and external consumption as and when required.
  • Management and administration of the projects GIS data base and ability to produce outputs to assist in project delivery.
  • Liaise with appointed consultants to develop necessary studies.
  • Provide input and support the delivery of BLUE’s other UK projects, including Offshore Windfarms, Blue Carbon, Sturgeon and Kelp as and when required.


Outreach and Engagement:

  • Represent BLUE and the project as and when required at meetings, events and other engagement opportunities, as well as for other restoration projects as an when required.
  • Manage BLUE’s Solent social media channels and assist with the creation of content for media and updates for BLUE’s website and other communication platforms.
  • Maintain and build strong working relationships with Working Group members and the local stakeholder communities as well as Government, NGOs and researchers.


This list is not exhaustive, and the selected candidate will be required to undertake other relevant tasks.


Skills required:

  • Relevant qualification and/or experience of marine conservation and/or habitat restoration.
  • A technical knowledge of marine conservation and/or species/habitat restoration is desirable.
  • An excellent communicator (written and verbal), with an ability to build relationships.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work using own initiative.
  • A drive and determination to succeed.
  • Able to work under pressure, prioritise tasks and meet key deadlines.
  • Excellent team working and inter-personal skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to take initiative.
  • Able to multi-task to meet key deadlines and take a flexible approach.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • A command of relevant software.
  • Ability to use GIS is desirable
  • Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.
  • To be based in the Solent


Experience required:

  • Previous experience of marine management, fisheries management, marine conservation, environmental management and/or consulting.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering multiple complex projects.
  • An understanding of Marine Licencing and regulation in the UK and experience of marine licence applications is desirable.
  • Experience of developing Habitats Regulations Assessments, Marine Conservation Assessments or similar.
  • Experience of developing, engaging and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • A demonstrable ability to deliver elements of marine conservation projects.
  • A demonstrable track record of effecting positive change within the marine environment.