Are you AECO’s new environmental agent?

March 15th, 2018
Help AECO combat marine litter in the Arctic. (Photo: Ilja Leo Lang)
Help AECO combat marine litter in the Arctic. (Photo: Ilja Leo Lang)

AECO and AECO’s members are involved in projects created to safeguard the Arctic environment. This includes beach cleaning (CleanUps) involving cruise passengers. AECO has joined the UN campaign CleanSeas and signed an MoU with UN Environment where the expedition cruise industry commits to reducing the use of single-use plastics onboard ships sailing the Arctic. To help us manage and carry out tasks related to CleanSeas, CleanUps and other environmental efforts, AECO has applied for funding for a project position focused on environmental initiatives.

If we receive this funding, AECO will be seeking to hire an:

Environmental agent

  • In a full-time position for 18 months with the possibility of extension
  • Can be based in Longyearbyen or in a home office, preferably in Europe.
  • Tentative start date: May 2018

The position includes project management of the CleanSeas and CleanUps initiatives and a range of tasks connected to AECO’s efforts to safeguard the environment and combat marine litter. On the CleanUp side, this includes monitoring and documenting beach cleanings, and liaising with tour operators and local stakeholders. The CleanSeas efforts will be related to preventing plastic waste from entering the Arctic environment. This includes identifying best practices for reducing and replacing single use plastic on cruise vessels, coordinating project groups, encouraging and registering involvement and efforts, identifying and working with partners and other tasks. The Environmental agent will also take on other tasks related to AECO’s environmental portfolio and play a key role in spreading information about AECO’s environmental efforts and in raising awareness of the issue among the association’s members, partners and the public.

Applicants should have a relevant higher education, and knowledge and experience from working with environmental issues. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, preferably with experience from the polar expedition cruise industry. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills (fluent/native English), and preferably a mastery of one of the Scandinavian languages. Applicants should have good computer software/applications skills.

Other qualifications:

  • Must be structured, efficient and possess excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Superior project management and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects with minimal supervision
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional attitude
  • Appreciate working with people from different cultures and nationalities
  • Relevant network and connections to environmental organizations
  • Enthusiastic, diplomatic and motivating

The Environmental agent will spearhead AECO’s environmental efforts, including CleanSeas and CleanUps. The position is ideal for a someone who is eager to apply their skills in a project that will have concrete outcomes and benefits for the Arctic environment. The position offers varying tasks, friendly colleagues and an international work environment. The position involves travel and Arctic field visits. Salary and other terms to be agreed based on qualifications and experience.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV/resume and cover letter, by email to aeco(a), no later than April 9, 2018. Questions can be directed to Executive Director Frigg Jørgensen, +47 913 90 554, frigg(a) Please note that the job opening is subject to funding.

About AECO

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is an international association for Arctic expedition cruise operators and associated industries. AECO main objectives are to ensure environmentally friendly, safe and considerate tourism in the Arctic, and to advocate for the interests of our members. Our almost 70 international members operate more than 50 cruise vessels and yachts in the Arctic. AECO’s Secretariat has five employees, and offices in Longyearbyen and Copenhagen.