AECO is hiring: Community Engagement Specialist  

July 19th, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) is an international association for Arctic expedition cruise operators and associated industries. AECO’s main objectives are to ensure environmentally friendly, safe and considerate tourism in the Arctic, and to advocate for the interests of our members. Our 75 international members operate more than 50 vessels in the Arctic. AECO’s secretariat presently has six employees, and our head office is in Tromsø, Norway.

In line with the growing Arctic expedition cruise industry, AECO is developing and looking to expand our Secretariat. To help us manage and carry out our tasks, we are hiring new team members:

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic, diplomatic and collaborative colleagues.

For all three positions it is desirable that applicants have a relevant higher education, and knowledge and experience from relevant work. The ideal candidates have experience from the polar expedition cruise industry. The positions require excellent oral and written communication skills (fluent/native English), and preferable fluency in one of the Scandinavian languages. Applicants should have good computer software skills.

AECO values flexibility, ability to deliver, sociability and personal qualifications.

For the right candidates, AECO can offer an exciting multi-cultural work environment, friendly and highly competent colleagues and diverse tasks in a growing and developing organization. We offer competitive salaries based on qualifications, as well as benefits that include insurances, pension fund and more.

Please refer to the below for more information about each position. Submit CV/résumé and cover letter/email by email to aeco(a) as soon as possible. AECO will consider applications on a running basis and may hire as soon as the right candidates have applied. Questions can be directed to Executive Director Frigg Jørgensen, tel +47 913 90 554, email frigg(a)

Community Engagement Specialist  

  • Full time
  • Preferably based in Tromsø. Home office in other locations can be considered.
  • Tentative start date: Fall 2019
  • Fluent English

To manage AECO’s growing portfolio of community engagement tasks, AECO is looking to hire a community engagement specialist. Our new colleague will be working closely with the AECO secretariat and our Community Engagement Committee to further develop and carry out AECO’s strategy and action plans for community engagement in Arctic areas.

Mutual benefits and sustainable activities are key words for AECO strategies when it comes to community engagement. The community engagement specialist will advance these objectives in collaboration with relevant local, regional and national stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, our new colleague should preferably master multiple languages and must possess cultural sensitivity and emotional intelligence. He or she is preferably familiar with remote areas and have experience from working in or with remote/indigenous communities. Sensitivity, awareness and familiarity with the dynamics in small communities are important. While good communication skills are paramount for this role, the ability to listen is also essential.  Our community engagement specialist needs to be an initiator as well as one who can advance wider strategies. He or she enjoys working with a variety of people and cultures and has a friendly and sociable disposition. Being well versed with social media is beneficial, as is familiarity with expedition cruise operations.  The position may require extensive travel and requires considerable flexibility in this regard.

Other qualifications

  • Appreciate working with people from different cultures and nationalities
  • Flexible
  • 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
  • Relevant network and connections