Position Announcement

Job Description

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition  – Antarctic MPAs campaign Communications Director

Part time – 2 days/week 

  • Senior level contracting role
  • High degree of work flexibility
  • Global campaign
  • Hands on job
  • Strategic responsibility


The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition seeks a Communications Director to work an average of two days per week (this is on average – some weeks over the contract period may be less, and some more) to develop and deliver an integrated international communications campaign for its marine protected areas (MPA) campaign to ensure that the objectives of the international campaign are met. This position reports to the ASOC Interim Executive Director and the other members of the Core Team, Mike Walker (Europe Coordinator) and Andrea Kavanagh (Director, Southern Ocean Sanctuaries, The Pew Charitable Trusts)

To be successful in this challenging role, you will:

  • Be an excellent storyteller, at ease translating complex issues into compelling messages which resonate with target audiences in different languages and cultures;
  • Have a record of successful campaign communications, preferably for an international coalition;
  • Have a record of high-level achievement in the management of strategic communications, with significant experience in the research, writing, editing and delivery of a wide variety of materials;
  • Have experience of employing diverse social media in an innovative way to win clearly identified campaign objectives;
  • Have a strong track record of developing and managing media lists with success at pitching; and
  • Thrive in working with a multi-cultural team spread throughout the globe.
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After a winter trip to Antarctica, I want to protect it even more

By Ryan Dolan

Ryan Dolan is an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ global penguin conservation campaign.


The coast of Antarctica is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of ever-shifting light and colors. In the twilight of the austral winter, for a few hours every day, the sea ice turns a fiery orange as shadow puppets trace the cracks across slow-moving waves.…

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International Conference: Antarctica Today and Tomorrow (in Paris on June 29th)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the distant land of Antarctica.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is hosting a one-day conference in Paris on June 29th to celebrate France’s leadership in the protection of Antarctica and to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of French polar conservation leader Michel Rocard.…

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The Antarctic tourism industry needs to speak up

Antarctic tour operators have a significant stake in keeping the Antarctic environment pristine, but they’ll need to exercise some political muscle if they want a say in Antarctica’s future. As the only continent without citizens, Antarctica needs the tourist industry to speak up for marine protection. 

By Ricardo Roura

Antarctica’s abundant wildlife, clean seas, and unfettered horizons are what makes the Antarctic experience unique.…

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What happens when it starts snowing on the world’s driest continent?

Antarctic wildlife expert Dr. Rodolfo Werner is sailing the Southern Ocean with the world’s best photographers and filmmakers…. They are on a mission to inspire the world to protect the Antarctic Peninsula. In his latest dispatch, Rodolfo comprehends the full impact of climate change on Antarctica’s krill, penguins, and seals.

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Diary of my journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Together with some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and filmmakers, penguin expert Rodolfo Werner is on a mission to protect the vibrant waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. In this first dispatch from aboard the Hans Hansson, Rodolfo discovers the love of an elephant seal and walks in the footsteps of Antarctica’s intrepid explorers.…

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Share your love for Antarctica’s less popular creatures this Valentines

Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.

Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten.…

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Why CCAMLR Should Safeguard More Penguin Habitat in Antarctica


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5 beautiful pics to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Today is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we would celebrate with five amazing snaps of penguin species that live on Antarctica and in its surrounding waters.

1. The humble Emperor. The largest of all penguins, the Emperor penguin is the only penguin species to breed on sea ice during Antarctica’s dark and frigid winter.…

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It’s not every day we receive a letter like this

It’s not every day that we receive government letters thanking us for bombarding them with a petition, but that’s exactly what happened last week. The UK Polar Regions Department sent us a letter with the royal seal. It reads:

We have received a number of e-mails generated by your website addressed to the Secretary of State, Minister Johnson, encouraging the UK to continue to advocate for the creation of a system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.…

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