The Communications Manager plays a key role within the organisation, shaping and leading the delivery of all aspects of communications and outreach related to Reef-World and its programmes, with a primary focus on Green Fins.

Coral reefs could be gone in your lifetime – if they go, the health and wellbeing of people and the planet go with them. A strategic-thinking and creative Communications Manager will continue to shape and lead Reef-World’s communications to address this reality.

The Communications Manager leads the development and distribution of Reef-World’s communication content to promote the work of the Charity. Additionally, they will work with the Programmes team to oversee the development and distribution of outreach content and materials supporting Reef-World’s programmes and partnerships, informed by cutting-edge behavioural change and evidence-based approaches to result in empowering more individuals to take action for environmental protection around the world.

The main responsibilities of this role are:

  • Lead Reef-World’s communications
  • Provide management and mentorship to Reef-World’s Communications team
  • Deliver Reef-World’s communications output in line with Reef-World’s strategic plan
  • Contribute to Reef-World’s strategic planning

In addition to the primary role, the Communications Manager will also support the implementation of Green Fins alongside country partners and teams consisting of government representatives and NGO’s.

We’re on the lookout for someone who is passionate about conserving coral reefs and the marine life and local communities they support. The successful candidate will be a confident marketer with 3-5 years of experience in conservation or environmental communications management.

You should be a proactive and resourceful leader and team player, able to work independently and remotely across multiple time zones while maintaining strong communications with international team members. You will naturally approach tasks with a sense of curiosity, patience and the ability to consider the bigger picture impact of your work. You’ll be open to new experiences and adventures, adaptable and have a good sense of humour!


  • Prior experience in conservation / environmental communications;
  • Strong copywriting (English, UK), editing, proofreading, layout and design, professional printing / publishing skills, including the ability to present concepts verbally;
  • A certified scuba diver;
  • Experience working in multiple locations around the world and / or within international teams;
  • Prior experience in leadership and management;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills;
  • Superior project management and time management skills;
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude;
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management;
  • Possess good interpersonal skills, agility to think and act strategically;
  • Confident communicator and presenter;
  • Multilingual, fluency in English is essential;
  • Ability to use basic Windows or Mac computer packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint or similar;
  • Excellent written English; and:-
  • Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • Previous knowledge of the diving or marine tourism industry;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media;
  • Training or experience in behaviour change communications and design for the environment;
  • Experience using GSuite including GDrive, Gmail and GCalendar; and:-
  • Prior experience working with governments and/or NGOs.

For more information please go to reef-world.org/join-us to download the full Communications Manager job description.

Reef-World believes that a team with diverse experiences and backgrounds generates richer discussions and more nuanced thinking that will magnify our conservation impact. We strive to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and respected. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from anyone with the required skills and experience: whatever their background or location. We actively encourage applications from those whose identities reflect the diversity of the communities and networks we serve and whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in the conservation sector.

Please email your CV and a separate attached cover letter specific to this position to apply@reef-world.org. In your cover letter, please include how you meet the job specifications and why you feel you’re the best person to help us boost our global conservation impact. If you’re a diver, please include details of your qualification and the number of dives.

We will then get back to you after the team has reviewed your application and let you know if we would like to pursue your application. Due to the expected volume of incoming enquiries, the charity does not have the resources to provide feedback on applications that have not been accepted. If you do not hear from us by 20 Jan 2023, then take note that we have decided not to take your application further, and we wish you the best of luck in your career.

Applications close 8 Jan 2023.
Round 1 of interviews (online) week commencing 16 Jan 2023.
Round 2 of interviews (online) week commencing 30 Jan 2023 (you will be expected to complete a short assignment if you reach this stage).

About The Reef-World Foundation

Hi! We’re The Reef-World Foundation, a registered UK charity which delivers practical solutions for marine conservation around the world. We are a small but highly effective team of passionate and dedicated individuals who are driven by achieving lasting conservation impacts in areas of the world where it is needed the most. We started working with local fishing communities in Thailand in 1999. Today we operate across 14 countries, supporting governments, businesses and communities to sustainably develop their coastal resources.

In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), we are the international coordinator of the Green Fins initiative, which aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines that promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling tourism industry. The reality is that coral reefs could be gone in your lifetime – if they go, the health and wellbeing of people and the planet go with them. Reef-World is working to buy more time for coral reefs to thrive by mobilising collective, urgent and wilful action through the marine tourism industry.

Our work involves supporting, inspiring and empowering governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world to act in conserving and sustainably developing coral reefs and other coastal resources.

The Reef-World Foundation is subject to UK employment law.