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Marine and Coastal Policy Officer, SWAN Ireland

Salary: €42,000 – €47,000

Location: Mostly remote – you will be expected to work in the office two days per month. Candidates must be flexible to travel as required for meetings and events

Contract type: Three-year contract with the possibility of a permanent position, depending on funding.


SWAN is now recruiting an experienced Marine and Coastal Policy Officer to join its team and play a central role in its advocacy work. The Policy Officer will work on marine policy (particularly the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)) and marine spatial planning, and also on the interaction between these policy areas and the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Habitats & Birds directives.

To take on this important role, we are seeking candidates with significant experience in marine policy, preferably in the NGO sector, and with a postgrad qualification in marine science; biology, ecology, conservation, or water science/management with heavy marine content. We would also welcome interest from candidates who have been working in wider/non-marine environmental policy areas in the NGO sector once they could demonstrate transferrable skills and knowledge of marine science and law.

If you’re an adaptable, solutions focused, marine policy professional with advocacy or campaigning expertise, a positive disposition, and a can-do attitude, we’d love to hear from you!


Please email: for the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details for this role. Please use ‘SWAN – Marine & Coastal Policy Officer’ as the subject of your email.

The recruitment campaign for the role of Marine and Coastal Policy Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of SWAN by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search.

It is CCI’s policy to ensure that as much accommodation as possible is carried out to facilitate the participation of individuals with special needs in the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require any specific accommodations, please let us know.

Deadline for applications: 3pm on Monday 25th September 2023


The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of twenty five of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations (eNGOs) working together to protect Ireland’s waters by participating in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other water-related legislation. SWAN has both national and local members, representing a vast range of specialist and local knowledge and expertise in all areas of Ireland’s aquatic environment.

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