Are you our new Development Officer?

Renowned internationally for its world-class science for sustainable ocean development, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has an exciting job opening for a Development Officer.

Fishermen on boatManaging global environmental change whilst providing resources to support over 9 billion people are the two fundamental challenges facing us all.

PML undertakes pioneering research for sustaining the global ocean, its ecosystems and resources for the benefit of society’s health, wealth and prosperity.

At any one time, PML is undertaking around 100 research projects, from large, multi-partner research collaborations, to desk studies.

The organization does more than research alone, for example it has key roles in the writing of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and its science can be referenced in policy documents. Evidence PML provided on microplastics ultimately led to a UK ban on microbeads in cosmetics.

Why PML?


PML quest boat and rib at seaNow is an exciting time to join PML as it is known for delivering impactful and award-winning science, from the poles to the tropics, and from lakes to the open ocean.

Charitable funding is not something new to the organization, with projects financed by a range of charitable funding sources, including trusts, foundations and private donors.

The Development Officer will be able to build upon the relationships with existing funders, as well as identify and develop new funding opportunities.

PML is a registered charity, located close to the spectacular Plymouth seafront, the beautiful Devon and Cornwall beaches, as well as Dartmoor National Park.

About the role

Development Officer

Salary range £27,752 - £41,628 p.a.
Full time, 3 year fixed term appointment



Identify, research and manage charitable funding opportunities, such as from trusts and foundations, philanthropic sources and corporations/companies

Relationship development and management with potential and existing charitable funders

Develop and submit high quality, tailored funding proposals; this will include budget planning

Submit monitoring and evaluation reports to funders, ensuring high standards are consistently met

Develop targeted communication materials, in collaboration with colleagues in Corporate Affairs

Operate within charity law and adhere to the Code of Fundraising Practice

Experience required


Demonstrable experience of fundraising and proposal writing, preferably in a scientific/academic organization and charity environment, and within the context of securing funding from trusts and/or foundations

Degree or equivalent qualification

Scientific background or sound awareness of a research environment

Excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship building skills

Excellent communications and good computing skills

Strong time-management and organisational skills

Preferably proven experience of budget preparation

To apply

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