Opportunity Board

The board shares open opportunities from the groups linked in to the Network, or other relevant organisations.  We also aim to link together those looking for research or volunteering placements with groups looking to host placements – for example, students seeking summer opportunities and groups with open research questions.  Please get in touch with anything to share.


Paid or Voluntary Posts with Network Groups

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

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.

To apply, please send a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements to Jenny Stark 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.


ROLE: Marine Reserve Coordinator, St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve.
LOCATION: East Berwickshire, based out of the VMR Eyemouth Office.
REPORTS TO: The VMR Management Committee.
SALARY: £28,000 – £30,300 pa
TYPE OF CONTRACT: 37 hrs/week, fixed term 2 years.


To help manage the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, under the direction of the VMR Management Committee. Management will be in line with the VMR policies, priorities, performance standards and targets. These mainly consist of conserving the VMR’s wildlife for the benefit of future generations, ensuring that enjoyment of the VMR by local communities and visitors is maximised and that conservation objectives are achieved.

The VMR Coordinator will help to maintain the profile and reputation of the VMR and other partners within the local communities, user groups and other relevant parties. S/he can expect to be “hands on” dealing with operational issues on site, engagement with user groups and local communities, and educating the public about the role of the VMR and marine conservation. The successful applicant will also be in charge of managing the exciting “Seabed Interpretation Project” using new and innovative technologies, creating a virtual visitor centre with multiple engagement platforms.

Interested applicants should email Sarah Russell for an application pack. Completed application forms must be received by 21/03/18 by email. Interviews are to take place in Eyemouth during the week commencing 02/04/18.  www.facebook.com/berwickshirecoast.

Research and Volunteering Exchange


If you have a research or volunteering placement in mind please get in touch to post it here.

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