Health & Safety Advisor

A FairHire® certified recruitment process.

Joining the team at MCS

People are at the heart of everything we do - from our colleagues, volunteers and supporters to all those we engage with to inspire action and bring about change.

By joining us, you'll be part of a team that is responsive and adaptive, as we make our fight to improve the health of our ocean. We are optimists, who do all that we can to drive change and inspire action, with science on our side, using our experience and the evidence to underpin our opinions and policies.

Role Overview

We work to protect our ocean, and all that depend on it, the wildlife, the people, and now, our planet.

Where we start is by making sure that every activity we plan protects the health and wellbeing of everyone involved, and that can be lots of people! Our organisation is small but mighty, and we create real change working with thousands of volunteers in locations all over the UK.

The Health & Safety Advisor will review where we are now, looking at our existing policies and management systems for robustness, levels of user engagement and accessibility and then develop a plan that means everyone who works with our H&S processes is confident, informed and engaged.

We do lots of interesting and varied projects so you’ll have the opportunity to delve into our work areas and create an action plan to implement your findings. At the grass-roots level, you’ll support our approach to induction by creating resources, designing and delivering learning sessions where they will be most valuable.


  • Conduct an audit of our existing H&S policy and management systems
  • Test our documentation and revise for user engagement
  • Support the MCS team in managing their responsibilities for H&S, particularly in our more complex and higher risk areas

Role Requirements

Audit & analysis: Experience in auditing H&S systems, identifying new and efficient processes and procedures that manage risk proportionately, and can work with people to build engagement. You might have specific H&S qualifications to support your knowledge.

Engagement & learning: Confident with in-person and digital delivery of ‘toolbox talks’ that are appropriate to our activities and build our team’s knowledge and confidence. Understands that people are at the heart of good risk management and presents H&S as a partnership not a rulebook.

Working with us: Takes a people-centric approach, is a problem-solver who supports others, and will enjoy working with a team who are passionate advocates for our ocean and environment. We are looking for people who demonstrate our values, but who also contribute their own perspectives and experiences to add to our knowledge and our culture.

How to Apply

Our recruitment process involves removing all the personal information from your CV and motivation statement – our smashing application software does this automatically and puts it into a standardised format. You can make edits once it's been uploaded if you need to as some elaborate formatting on your original CV may cause information to not be transferred over.

If you would like to contact us to request an adjustment that would support you fully taking part in our recruitment process please get in touch.

What we need to see

Your CV – the blind hiring platform re-formats your CV with all your personal information removed. You can edit the information after upload.

A motivation statement - tell us how your experience meets the role requirements by referring closely to both the job description and the person specification. Include examples of your work or experiences which show how you will meet the job criteria and person specification and what skills you bring which would make you successful in the role.

Your motivation statement should also let us know what inspired you to apply for this role with us – tell us what it is about our work that attracted you to the organisation and the position.

We find that stronger applications have this statement – to give yourself the best opportunity for this role, please ensure you include it. No need to write pages, one side of A4 would be perfect, two would be more than enough so try to limit yourself.

We understand that the application process can be difficult if you have a condition or disability that you live with. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to shine during your application process, so please let us know what we can do to accommodate you.

Selection process

If you’re invited to an interview, you may be requested to prepare a task in advance, or take part in a group activity as part of the assessment process – we’ll let you have all the details in the invitation to interview. We will also invite you to talk to us about any reasonable adjustments which would support you in fully taking part in the interview process.

The legal bit

If you’re successful, all offers of employment are conditional, subject to the following:

  • we are not licensed to issue work permits so candidates are required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK and will be required to present original documents if invited for interview. Information on what you’ll need to show will be provided as part of the invitation to attend an interview but you can read more on the Home Office UK Border Agency website:
  • receipt of two references which are satisfactory to MCS
  • your driving licence and insurance, if using a vehicle is an integral part of your role

Our Commitment

Everyone can expect to be treated with consideration and respect and MCS is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all. Good working relationships release the full potential, creativity and productivity of each individual, in an atmosphere where everyone can learn and work without prejudice, discrimination, harassment or violence.

We are committed to developing a team which is reflective of our society, and which can offer insight and views that influence our work. We are particularly interested in applications from groups which are under-represented in marine, environmental and charity sectors. If you would like to speak to us please call the HR team on 01989 561574

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