The Conservation & Community Development Manager will be responsible for continuing the implementation of our waste management, coastal 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. Experience in engineering, specifically in regards to plastics design, will also be looked upon favourably.


  • Leading and refining PCFML’s waste management, coastal 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 Aquaponics (CAP) systems, with assistance from local engineers (this included building and testing our plastic extrusion and shredding machines);
  • 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;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of our Marine Conservation Centre in Kovalam Beach;
  • Overseeing and planning PCFML community, business and school education programs in the region;
  • An ability to attract, recruit & organise a local volunteer team, as well as a range of interns from India and abroad;
  • 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 Manager, campaign staff, board and CEO on grant research, grant writing and fundraising in the region and abroad to ensure the continued growth and success of our projects;
  • Developing relationships and working closely with 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 within an international context);
  • Being available for comment on the organisation’s aims, objectives and progress in local newspapers, on TV and radio;
  • Helping to plan, run, market and manage 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.


  • Proven experience in, or a thorough knowledge of working in developing countries on community development and/or environmental projects;
  • Bachelors or higher degree in International Development, Marine or Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or a related field.


  • 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 investors 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;


  • A post-graduate university degree in a related field;
  • 3+ years-experience in a development context (specifically in regard to waste management, coastal remediation, environmental education and/or fisheries management projects);
  • Photography, film and/or design skills.
  • Experience in designing food systems, composting, aquaponics, shredding and extruding plastics and/or waste innovation will be looked upon favourably.


Location: Kovalam, Kerala, India.

Length of the role: 12 months (with the possibility to extend).

Remuneration: 20,000 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 both within India and internationally.


To apply please send a cover letter (three A4 page max) responding to the KEY SELECTION CRITERIA, as well as a CV to [email protected] stating clearly ‘Conservation & Community Development Manager India’ in the subject of your e-mail.

* APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28 at 5pm AEST (with position commencing as soon as possible) *