Vacancy: OARS Project Officer, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Location: The job will be hosted within the International Office of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Position: 2 year Fixed Term Appointment (1st September 2023 – 31st August 2025)

Salary: £27,000 – £31,000 dependant on experience

Closing date: 18th July 2023

How to apply: To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a covering letter to .


Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS, GOA-ON : OARS ) is an endorsed programme of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The OARS vision is to provide society with the observational and scientific evidence needed to sustainably identify, monitor, mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification, from local to global scales. OARS builds on the foundation work of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON, GOA-ON ), and its regionally-focused hubs, towards achieving SDG target 14.3, ‘Minimize and address the impacts of Ocean Acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.

We are looking for a Project Officer to work with the OARS programme co-leads to help deliver this inspirational and impactful Ocean Decade programme.  


The successful candidate will have: ​

  • A degree in a related scientific topic, preferably marine or ocean related, or equivalent work related experience
  • Some experience of project management
  • Excellent general oral and written communication skills. This would include evidence of effective report writing (in English) and data collation skills, and an ability to speak to a range of audiences at public events and fora
  • Some experience of using different communication tools and media (including webpages and social media)
  • Good organisational skills
  • Passion for the marine environment

The OARS Project Officer will be an employee of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and will be based in Plymouth. However, as OARS is an international programme the Project Officer will be expected to travel and spend short periods at national and international events, such as the UNFCCC COP, the UN Ocean Conference and the UN Ocean Decade Conference.

The tasks of the OARS PO would be:

Support coordination of activities

  • Support the activities of the OARS co-leads through the organisation and management of regular OARS champions and working group meetings.
  • ​Manage the OARS contribution to the Ocean Decade Multiple Stressors community of practice, and manage any interaction with designated coordinating actions
  • Act as a link between the OARS secretariat and the GOA-ON Executive Council and secretariat. 
  • Provide a link between OARS and the UK Ocean Acidification team at Defra, and with other key UK based partners, funders or stakeholders.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support the OARS internal programme reporting (e.g. drafting meeting reports, organizing internal meetings, collating performance and impact monitoring data)
  • Collate OARS programme performance data and evidence and report this back to the UN Ocean Decade Co-ordination Centre, [IOC-UNESCO].
  • Collate and provide progress reports on the progress of the OARS Project Office to UK Defra as funders of the UK OARS Project Office.


  • Act as the focal point for OARS external communications and dissemination activities (including webpage/website, social media, short films, webinars, popular articles etc).
  • Facilitate communication between, the existing UN Ocean Decade endorsed actions assigned to the OARS programme and support the creation and successful endorsement of others (especially from within the UK and the GOA-ON NE Atlantic regional hub).
  • Support communication within and between the OARS Outcomes, their co-champions and working groups.
  • Facilitate the creation, publication and wide dissemination of the OARS Outcome white papers, plus additional subsequent publications from the OARS Outcomes.

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