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Conservation & Community Development Coordinator - India

Positive Change for Marine Life
  • Global Programs - India
  • Location: Kovalam, Kerala, India.
  • Length of role: 12 months (with possibility of extended contract).

The Conservation & Community Development Coordinator will be responsible for continuing the implementation of our waste management, remediation and fisheries-related projects in southern Kerala, India. 

The successful applicant will be self-motivated and adaptable to working in a rapidly changeable environment. They will need to be a great all-rounder with experience in working within a developing country on similar projects, as well as possessing a thorough understanding of community engagement, team management, fundraising and project design within a development context.  


  • Leading and refining PCFML’s waste management, remediation and fisheries campaigns (based upon our Marine Conservation Masterplan and existing work to date); 
  • Sourcing materials for, and building and refining our Composting and Auaponics systems, with assistance from local engineers;
  • Managing our on-ground waste team: including overseeing our household collection service; development, management and operation of our Waste Bank facility, as well as keeping staff on track and resolving any issues which may arise;
  • Developing and implementing our estuary remediation plan, alongside our environmental engineers and on-ground team;
  • Managing community surveys and fisheries management mapping in the region;
  • Researching, meeting and collaborating with our partner organisations to achieve long-term objectives for the region; 
  • Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Marine Conservation Centre in Kovalam Beach; 
  • Running PCFML community, business and school education programs in the region;
  • An ability to attract, recruit & organise a local volunteer team;
  • Assisting with finances, budgets, and ensuring that our local accounts are in order (in line with local reporting requirements and our local CA); 
  • Working with our Fundraising Coordinator, Board and CEO on grant research, grant writing and fundraising in the region and abroad to ensure the continued growth and success of the campaign;
  • Developing relationships and working closely with other NGO’s, local government agencies and businesses; 
  • An ability to articulate the organisation’s objectives and achievements to the broader public through regular local advertisements, outreach and online advertising (particularly in an international context);
  • Being available for comment on the organisation’s aims, objectives and progress in local newspapers, on TV and radio;
  • Helping to run, market and/or organise PCFML events in the region;
  • Providing weekly updates to the CEO, as well as formal feedback to the CEO and board on a monthly basis.

Position requirements:

  • Proven experience in, or a thorough knowledge of, working in developing countries on community development and/or environmental projects;
  • A bachelors or higher degree in international development, marine or environmental science or an associated field.


  • A post-graduate university degree in a related field;
  • 3+ years-experience in a development context (specifically in regard to waste management, remediation and/or fisheries management projects).

Key selection criteria

  • Is self-motivated, self-reliant and adaptive with a strong work ethic;
  • Has a thorough understanding of waste management, estuary remediation and/or fisheries management within an international development context OR possesses the skills and experience required within a similar field to be able to successfully lead the project;
  • Possesses the ability to achieve set KPI’s, whilst reporting back progress daily, weekly and monthly to PCFML’s CEO, supporter base, directors and donors internationally;
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership and team management skills including the ability to train, advise and work with a variety of team members from varying backgrounds and skill levels, as well as empowering the community to step-up and take on leadership roles within the project;
  • Has knowledge and practical understanding of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), as well as Microsoft Office Suite (including but not limited to Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook);
  • Has strong English written and oration skills.

Role and remuneration details:

Remuneration: 20,000 to 30,000 rupees per month (plus additional benefits including: 1 return flight to successful applicant’s home location per year, accommodation and health insurance). All other expenses, including vaccinations, flights outside of aforementioned, etc. will be the successful candidate’s responsibility.

Nationality: This role is open to both Australian and international applicants.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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