New Job Opportunity at the NLH!

JOB VACANCY: Full-time fixed-term Communications Officer

(12 months fixed-term from 1st February 2022 to 31st February 2023)
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week
SALARY: £21,750
START DATE: 1st February 2022

The National Lobster Hatchery is excited to offer the opportunity for a Communications Officer to assist with the delivery of the communications aspect of the Interreg-funded project, EuroSWAC (project number: 216).

About the Project:
EUROSWAC is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, total budget of €3,515,877.84, including ERDF fund of €2,295,250.24

EUROSWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning) aims at designing and validating an innovative, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly solution for cooling production, using English Channel’s seawater (widely available renewable energy source) as refrigerant, exploiting temperature difference between cold ocean water and external air temperature.

While the need for cooling in large coastal cities is increasing at UK-FR levels (due to climate change increase), cooling is still mainly produced through chillers, a technology using large amounts of electricity generated partially by fossil fuels, slowing down the ability to meet Channel Area (CA) energy-climate objectives.  EUROSWAC demonstrates the ability of using the Channel seawater for free cooling, adapting an existing technology used in tropical areas to the low depth and temperate climate of CA.

Building on complementary expertise of 11 UK-FR partners from the academic and industrial fields and on the analysis of Channel’s unique features, EUROSWAC aims to develop and test in real life conditions a SWAC prototype at the Brixham laboratory and National Lobster Hatchery in UK. This shallow-water based SWAC system will be the first to support enhancing aquaculture food-stock, which will represent major benefits in regards to CO2 emissions, lifespan and costs compared to existing solutions.

About the role:
The Communications Officer will be responsible for creating and delivering a package of communication through Visitors’ Centre displays, exhibits, educational material, and events focused on disseminating the concept of SWAC’s and their potential application, showcasing the Newlyn Demonstration site.

Main responsibilities:
1. To create and deliver a programme of communication, that provides outreach at the National Lobster Hatchery Padstow and Newlyn SWAC demonstration sites, relating to the EuroSWAC project and its implications in stock enhancement/aquaculture environments, to a variety of audiences.
2. Proactively develop displays and activities in partnership with the Visitor Experience and Outreach Manager to ensure the highest level of visitor experience.
3. To provide written and verbal reports when required.
4. To assist and work collaboratively with the Production Supervisor in the planning of the education programme and help implement the delivery of this.
5. To help maintain the presentation, cleanliness, appearance, and security of the building.
6. To help ensure the highest standards of visitor experience are developed, implemented, and maintained, including delivering a high level of customer care through greeting and assisting the visitors while in the Visitors’ Centre.
7. To work within the confines of the EuroSWAC project agreement reporting accordingly to the funders requirements.

Qualifications and experiences:

 Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated experience in communication of complex material to diverse audiences (with sensitivity and an understanding of different audiences and subject matter).
 Interest in sustainability

 Experience helping to organise events
 Experience using Adobe design software – Photoshop or InDesign
 Photo/video editing skills
 Experience in the communication/dissemination environment such as an educational institution.
 Qualification in marine science/Communication or related disciplines.
 Experience of working in a visitor attraction and with interactive displays.
 Knowledge and experience in working with marine stakeholders

A full job description will be disclosed upon application.
TO APPLY: For further enquiries or to apply please send your CV and a cover letter to

DEADLINE: Midnight on 17th December 2021
INTERVIEWS: To be held week commencing 3rd January 2022.