Social enterprise offers young people paid opportunity to protect UK oceans

A social enterprise has launched offering people between the ages of 18 and 29 the chance to protect the seas around the UK while getting paid.

The Sea Ranger Service (SRS) will offer young people the chance to sail out to sea and undertake vital work to conserve Britain’s oceans. Sea rangers will carry out a range of roles on sailing vessels, including maintenance work, climate research and monitoring.

Founded in the Netherlands in 2016, SRS works alongside government agencies and has so far employed 120 people to carry out biodiversity restoration in oceans across the Netherlands and France.

Its launch in the UK will scale up the project and bring the company closer to its target of restoring 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of ocean biodiversity by 2040, as well as training 20,000 people to embark on maritime careers. It aims to provide jobs to young people interested in environmental protection but who are often limited by more traditional career paths.

Successful candidates will begin sailing expeditions from Port Talbot, where the ship is currently based, and be employed as full-time sea rangers. They will then be supported into work with other organisations, including government agencies and research institutes.

Registration for Bootcamp is open. Candidates are required to be aged between 18 to 29 but do not need any previous experience before applying.

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