Celebrating 20 years of activity this year, the Shark Trust is a UK based charity with a global influence on the conservation of Sharks and Rays. Our focus is on supporting shark and ray conservation with strong science underpinning evidence-based management. We advise Governments, fisheries managers and work collaboratively with a range of like-minded Non-Governmental Organisations worldwide, as well as undertaking citizen science and supporting public education.

We’re looking to expand our team of Trustees to help support the work of the Trust. Trustees meet formally 4 times each year in Plymouth, Devon where the Trust is based. Trustees also input their skills and expertise to the Trust between meetings too, providing support and guidance on areas of work specific to their expertise and networks.

You don’t need to be a shark expert – we have a talented team of staff for that, but an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the marine environment would be great assets. We’re particularly interested in Trustees with a strong communication and branding background and Trustees with strong financial skills, either developed in a business or charitable sector, whilst other skills and experience are also welcome.

Trust meetings are held in Plymouth quarterly but we are keen on a wide geographical Trustee base. London based applicants would be advantageous as we’re seeking to broaden our Trustee activity in the capital through events, networks and an increased presence.

The Shark Trust is at the cutting edge of shark conservation, underpinned by a scientific foundation and over the last 20 years has made significant progress in improving the conservation of shark and ray species. We are now looking to grow awareness and grow the Trust and if you would like ot be a part of this exciting opportunity please contact Chair of Trustees Roger Covey on 07587 261720 to discuss, or send a CV and covering letter to: Shark Trust Trustees, c/o Glenys Heafield, The Shark Trust, 4 Creykes Court, The Millfields, Plymouth, PL1 3JB or by e-mail to by Friday 17 February 2017.

Trustees are not remunerated for their work, but you’ll benefit from the satisfaction of supporting the conservation of these exciting and charismatic animals.


Unfortunately we’re unable to offer short-term work experience, however from time to time we do have a number of limited long-term in-house volunteering positions available. If you’re passionate about shark conservation, aged 18+, based locally to Plymouth and can spare at least one day a week for a minimum of three months then we'd love to hear from you.


We often get asked for career advice and so hope any aspiring marine biologists out there will find this helpful.

Marine conservation is a highly competitive field, so it’s a good idea to get as much experience under your belt as possible. To start on this career path you'll need to study the separate sciences at GCSE and then gain two sciences at A-level (biology/chemistry/physics/maths/geography). This will enable you to go to university to study a related science field.

To get a head start we'd advise gaining as much volunteering experience as possible and joining local environmental conservation groups. It’s also very useful to be able to dive, so an open water diver qualification with PADI or BSAC would be worth considering.

To find out more about different careers in shark research and conservation we've asked a number of experts working in the field to write about a day in their life.

Click on any of the profiles below to find out more about the rewarding and challenging aspects of each job, how people came to work in these particular roles, and the education and voluntary experience that helped them get there. You can also find out what the job involves on a day-to-day basis.

Ben Jones.
Ben Jones
Aquarist at The

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Colin Speedie.
Colin Speedie
Basking Shark Field Researcher

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Craig O'Connell.
Craig O’Connell
Magnetoreception Researcher

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Ian Fergusson.
Ian Fergusson
BBC Presenter
- Natural History

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Joel Kimber.
Joel Kimber
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour

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Josh Filer.Josh Filer
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour

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Katie Clements.
Katie Clements
Resident Marine Biologist

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Katy Seward.
Katy Seward
Native Marine  Specialist

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Dr Lauren Smith.
Dr Lauren Smith
Senior Research Scientist

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