Working on the coast, off shore, at sea or with marine plants and
This is more an area of specialisation than a discrete area of the
profession; many of the onshore / inland roles have a coastal or marine
equivalent where the addition of marine specific knowledge being the
only difference between the roles.
For more about Landscape Management see here.
For more about Countryside Management see here.
For more about Rights of Way see here.
For more about Ecology and Biodiversity see here.
For more about Working with Wildlife see here or for
Animal Care see here.
Jobs and employment
Some job titles may include Living Seas Project Officer, Marine
Marine Engineer, Boat Manager, Sightings Co-ordinator,
Animal Care Worker,
Zookeeper, Heritage Coast Officer, the National Careers Service has
role profiles of some of these (click the links).
See current vacancies for coastal management work advertised with CJS here.
See current vacancies for coastal rights of way roles advertised with CJS here.
See current vacancies for marine ecology and biodiversity advertised with CJS here.
See current vacancies for marine wildlife work advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current volunteering opportunities across all sectors advertised with CJS here.
You can practice your identification skills by taking part in one of
the many citizen science projects and surveys,
see more here.
Skills, training and CPD.
The skills and qualifications required to work on the coast are
usually the same as those for working inland in countryside or land
management or with wildlife and animals but with a water specialism, for
example it's unlikely that you would need much knowledge of dolphins,
seals and whales in an urban park but for a coastal post it might be
Requirements will vary depending on which area you will be working,
for example coastal land management will be similar to inland, likewise
managing a section of coast path the knowledge needed will be the same as
for all rights of way roles. However, there a few coast and marine
specific skills which may be required and an ability to swim is always
If you're thinking of a career focusing on coastal
environments there are details
of longer courses dealing specifically with Marine Ecology and Coastal
Conservation on the
Training Directory here.
Some of these are also available as Distance Learning courses,
see these here.
Information and in depth articles
ORCA’s Whale Education Month 2019
National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2019: a national effort to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises with citizen science
Citizen scientists sought to help survey storm-lashed Scottish coastline, SAMS
Tackling a tide of marine pollution, MCS
The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre
Marine life passion, Marine Photo
Studland's underwater meadows, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Whale and dolphin-watching around the UK - how you can get involved!,
Sea Watch Foundation
Steart Marshes, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Volunteering for MARINElife,
Our challenging coast, Durham
The Marine Conservation Society
Life of a Volunteer on Flatholm Island
Managing a coastline - for the benefit of man and wildlife,
Marine Conservation Society
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
Scottish Natural Heritage
Natural Resources Wales
Marine Management Organisation (part of defra)