Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust
Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC042334

Promoting the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term socio-economic benefits to all Scotland’s coastal communities.

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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 5th December 2021

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) is a registered Scottish charity (No.SC042334) founded in 2011 with the aim of promoting the sustainable development of Scotland's inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long-term benefit to all coastal communities. Further information about SIFT’s activities can be found at our website

To support SIFT's continued success, we are looking for new volunteer trustees to join our board. We would welcome applications from individuals who believe they could make a strong contribution. As a socio-economic organisation, SIFT would be pleased to receive applications from applicants with skills and experience in marine businesses, marine legislation and the functioning of coastal communities, as well as those with marine fisheries, science or nature conservation expertise.

The board sets and reviews SIFT's strategy to ensure it meets its charitable objectives and legal obligations. Board members typically also provide ad hoc advice throughout the year. There are four formal board meetings annually, which generally take place in Edinburgh or by teleconference. Trustees are unremunerated but any reasonable expenses they incur will be reimbursed.

This vacancy has now closed

Policy Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,000
  • Home and/or office-based (at SIFT’s premises in central Edinburgh), by agreement.
  • Closing 25th November 2022

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) is a Scottish charity (Registered Scottish Charity No. SC042334) which promotes the sustainable management of Scotland’s coastal seas ('inshore waters') so that they provide the maximum long-term benefits to all coastal communities.

To meet its aims, SIFT commissions research related to the sustainable use and management of Scotland’s inshore waters, develops and advocates eco-system based inshore fisheries management measures, and promotes inclusive stakeholder representation. As well as inshore fisheries, we work on aquaculture (both for fin fish and seaweeds), marine planning and marine carbon. For more information on SIFT and its projects visit .

Policy Officer

SIFT is seeking to recruit a Policy Officer to work on the development and implementation of its projects. The Officer would report to SIFT’s Executive Director and will focus on research, development and advocacy of marine management policies. SIFT is an equal opportunities employer.


The ideal candidate would have experience working in policy advocacy in Scotland, ideally related to environmental or natural resource management, and hold a marine biology or environmental or natural resource management qualification.

Key skills

Key skills would include:

• Experience of policy advocacy, ideally within a Scottish context

• A successful track-record of researching and developing policy proposals

• Outstanding communication skills, through written and oral formats

• The ability to develop and manage relationships with funders and other partners

• Experience of working in marine and/or environmental management.

Core duties

The Policy officer would undertake the following core duties:

• Identify, develop and contribute to research that underpins policy proposals

• Engage with fishery, community and other marine stakeholders

• Develop Policy Briefings

• Represent SIFT at meetings, including with Scottish Government and Parliamentary officials, Members of the Scottish Parliament and their staff

• Engage with the media.

Other duties

Reflecting the small size of SIFT’s team, the Policy Officer would also be expected to:

• Contribute to the management of SIFT’s website and social media channels

• Support colleagues with the governance of the charity (e.g. re board meetings, statutory reporting, fund raising, etc)

• Assist with other administrative tasks associated with SIFT’s workstreams.


To include:

Pension. Paid in compliance with SIFT's workplace obligations.

Hours. Up to 37.5 hours per week; shorter hours may be considered, by agreement.

Time Off in Lieu. If evening and weekend work is required, TOIL will be given.

Probation. There will be a 3-month probation period for the successful candidate.

Annual Leave. 35 days’ holiday inclusive of public holidays per annum.