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Sean Kelly Social Media Manager, Editor, Content Producer, Boat Skipper, Diver and allrounder

Durban, South Africa (with an Irish Passport) Zigzag Surf Mag Personl Instagram LinkedIn Sean_Kelly_CV.pdf
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Experienced copywriter, content producer, and social media manager. I hold a strong work ethic, able to consistently meet deadlines whilst not compromising on quality. Deeply connected to the sea and passionate about its well-being. Confident in my writing and approach to research. Have experience on the water working hands-on with sharks and camera gear.

I am a keen surfer, diver, and love to fish (although I miss more than I catch). A barefoot beach bum at heart my needs are simple – warm water, waves, friendly faces, and good food.

Employment History:

Online Editor: Zigzag Surfing Magazine

Jan 2018 – Present

– Online editing and management of select parts of the magazine.
– Content creation and sourcing.
– Video editing and drone piloting.
– Social media manager for (Zigzagsurf: Instagram 24k followers; 245k Facebook followers).

Field Coordinator: South African Shark Conservancy Full-time

Jan 2017 – Dec 2017

– Scheduling and supervising all research carried out at sea.
– Maintaining all field, boat and lab equipment.
– Training interns for field projects
– Boat handling, as the skipper I had a 100% safety record.
– Experienced in: Baited Remote Underwater Video, cetacean
monitoring, great white shark surveys, tagging, handling and sampling, fish identification, monitoring and sampling, data collection and management, animal husbandry.

Assistant Shop Manager: Vudu Surf

Apr 2016 – Dec 2016

Provide customer assistance, sales, social media management and administration for the company & facilitate surf lessons.

Squad Leader: Sugar Bay Luxury Holiday Resort

Nov 2010 – 2015

My duties included planning the day to day activates and programs, monitoring and evaluating staff performances and communicating with resort management. Instructed various outdoor activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. Along with this I was responsible for training over 80 members of staff to work at the resort.



2016-2017 Honours Degree - Environmental Management at Stellenbosch University
2012 - 2015 BA Environmental Science, Geography and Anthropology at Rhodes University


2018 - Present Online Editor, Content Writer, Social Media Manager at Zigzag Surf Magazine

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2017 - 2018 Fiel Coordinator and Skipper at South African Shark Conservancy

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2016-2017 Assistant Manager at Vudu Surf

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