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Current vacancies at Link and within our member organisations.

Wildlife and Countryside Link vacancies

Information and Policy Coordinator
Salary: £20,000 - £25,000
Closing date: 9am, Monday 16th April
Location: London

Reporting to Link’s Director, the Information and Policy Coordinator is a key role at Link that combines vital office management and administrative tasks with an element of policy work.

The Information coordinating element of the role (3 days/week) includes communicating and sharing information within the Link team, with Link’s 48 member organisations and with external stakeholders, along with carrying out a diverse range of office management roles including: ICT management; financial accounting; monitoring budgets; and preparing reports for Link’s Director and Trustees.

The Policy coordinating role (2 days/week) involves working collaboratively with the Link staff team and Link’s 48 member organisations in facilitating and supporting the development and delivery of our shared environmental outcomes. The role involves working closely with the Head of Policy and Campaigns and the Link working groups, in: developing powerful policies and advocacy messages, creating bold and influential campaigns, and raising the profile of the natural environment and of Link’s member organisations through effective and timely communications activities. The post holder will achieve these objectives through a number of mechanisms, but particularly by enhancing Link’s existing role of advising and supporting Link’s working groups.

Download the full job specification here and the application form here.

Please send completed application forms to Link's Director, Dr. Elaine King, by 9am on Monday 16 April.

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Member Vacancies

Friends of the Earth: Lawyer
Up to £45,360
Closing date: 25th March
Location: London

Being a lawyer at Friends of the Earth is one of the most exciting jobs in environmental campaigning. You will be part of an organisation leading in the fight against major environmental issues, and champion environmental justice for people and the planet. The legal team sits within our political, legal and planning unit – at the fast-paced heart of our campaigns. It consists of the Head of Legal, two lawyers and two legal interns, but our longer-term vision is for a larger team to support the delivery of our new organisational strategy. As a lawyer we are looking for you to support our aims and objectives, informing campaign strategy and tactics, providing advice and legal representation to help win our campaigns. You may also be required to provide legal advice and representation to a variety of our key external clients; for example, to the community groups opposing fracking or battling air pollution.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Funding Manager
Salary: £40,000 - £50,000
Closing date: 25th March
Location: London

Esmée is currently engaged in a strategy review. As a result of this we expect to strengthen and deepen our commitment to the environment with increased funding for the sector and through leveraging all our resources to align with the goal of protecting and restoring our natural world. In addition, we will make stronger connections between our environment and food priorities. The focus of this new role will be to help us, particularly the Environment Lead Funding Manager, to shape and deliver these plans. As well as a focus on funding there will also be an emphasis on convening and influencing and building unlikely alliances. Therefore, we are interested in applications from a wide pool of people with different experiences. Previous experience of grant-making or social investment is not necessary.

Ramblers: Head of Policy and Advocacy
Salary: £45,000 - £55,000
Closing date: 25th March

We’re looking for an experienced Head of Policy and Advocacy, with a strong track record of delivering policy change and leading a talented team. You’ll be joining us at an exciting time as we have an ambitious strategic framework which needs to be delivered over the next ten years. This role will be pivotal in making this strategy a success. Leading on policy and advocacy for Rambler GB you’ll be our expert voice and our greatest advocate with decision makers in many areas. You will be a highly skilled professional able to take on responsibility for research and policy development across the organisation. Overseeing casework, supporting volunteers, engaging with political audiences, and ensuring our policy is relevant and the basis for our campaigns, you will enjoy an exceptionally high profile and considerable autonomy.

Ulster Wildlife: Northern Ireland Marine Task Force Officer
£26,655 – £28,097
Closing date: 26th March
Location: Belfast, plus travel throughout the UK

A primary focus will be to provide technical ecological expertise relating to Marine Protected Areas, Marine Spatial Planning and sustainable fisheries management in Northern Ireland and within the context of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The officer will, on behalf of and alongside NIMTF members, lead initiatives such as producing reports, legal advice and organising events to influence marine protection and planning. The officer will provide a strong and articulate voice to key decision makers and stakeholders and coordinate NIMTF’s work, represent NIMTF on fora, and report to and facilitate meetings of the group.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust: Head of Community Programmes
Salary: £33,000 pa
Closing date: 30th March
Location: Gloucester

You will oversee the development, management, promotion and delivery of a range of innovative, inspirational and accessible community programmes covering community development, community out-reach and engagement, health and wellbeing, informal and formal educational activities, festivals and celebrations, programmes to engage active community participation (like wildlife gardening, species ‘watches') and the expansion of our programme of training courses. You will also work closely with our Communications and Business support teams to develop and deliver campaigns and visitor experiences that further our engagement objectives.

ClientEarth: Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer
Salary: £30,000
Closing date: 4th April
Location: London

We are looking for an outstanding Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer to support our work on air pollution. The post holder will be based in ClientEarth’s London office and will work with our Head of UK Public Affairs, clean air and communications teams to make sure we make the maximum possible impact with politicians and policy makers. The successful individual will get the chance to work with politicians across the political spectrum to advance the work of the Clean Air team and ClientEarth. With a passion for politics and a proven track record in public affairs and campaigns work, the ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and enthusiastic team player. He/she will be a self-starter, highly organised, efficient and able to handle a number of competing priorities while working to strict deadlines, with excellent written and verbal skills. The post holder will need a professional and friendly manner and be able to establish good working relationships with colleagues throughout the organisation and with politicians, their advisers and policy makers.

Sussex Wildlife Trust: Chief Executive Officer
Salary: £70,000
Closing date: 6th April
Location: Henfield, Sussex
Sussex Wildlife Trust was established in 1961, and is one of 46 county Wildlife Trusts throughout the UK, supported by over 30,000 members. With a new vision, a refreshed strategy, an adopted business plan and healthy financial resources, we are in a strong position and poised for the next stage in our development. The Trust commands a high degree of respect across the conservation world for its strong advocacy, partnership working and its firm foundation of scientific evidence. The new Chief Executive will have the opportunity to develop our vision and strategy and ensure that the objectives are delivered to achieve real impact for nature in Sussex over the coming years. Strong leadership will ensure the implementation of our vision for Nature and Wellbeing. You will work with a Board of Trustees to provide strategic direction and overall management of the Trust. You will deliver our strategy, ensure policies are put into operational practice and inspire staff, volunteers and members to work towards our visions.

The Woodland Trust: Director of Conservation & External Affairs
Salary: Competitive
Closing date: 8th April
Location: Lincolnshire

This is a key leadership role, responsible for leading the development of the Trust’s thinking and delivery in its conservation, campaigning and external affairs activities and working in collaboration with other members of the Senior Management Team to set the overall strategy for the organisation and ensure its delivery. The role reports to the Chief Executive and holds an important relationship with the Board of Trustees. Responsible for the representation of our conservation stance both internally and externally to the media, key stakeholders and opinion formers, the role will develop and maintain a strong network of those parties we would seek to influence and work with. The role will work cross functionally to ensure that our own estate is shaped and managed in line with our conservation principles and that all staff and volunteers are aware of and informed by our policies. In addition the role will be responsible for the manifestation of this thinking through the development and ongoing delivery of our active campaigning work and our public affairs strategy.

BES: Policy Manager - 9 month fixed term contract
Salary: £35,261
Closing date: 9th April
Location: London
The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide. We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to build on the successes of our previous Policy Manager and further develop the profile of the Society and its’ policy work. You will have excellent communication skills to assist the BES in promoting the importance of ecological science to policymakers and to promote the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the society. This will require a relevant science (e.g. ecology, environmental, biological or natural science) degree or masters. You will be managing two Policy Officers, who are new in post, therefore we are looking for someone with the skills to lead a new team.

ClientEarth: Major Gifts Manager
Salary: £42,000-45000
Closing date: 9th April
Location: London
The Major Gifts Manager is a key role within the wider Development team, with responsibility for implementing strategy, developing donor cultivation and stewardship plans and pursuing new opportunities to grow major giving income. The post-holder will assist the Head of Major Giving in managing and delivering ClientEarth’s fast-growing private philanthropy, including supporting with strategy setting for the short, medium, and long-term needs of the team, delivering on the team KPIs and meeting budgetary targets.

CPRE: Director of Volunteering and Partnerships
Salary: £60,000-£65,000
Salary: 17th April
Flexible location with ability to be based in London at least 2 days a week
This is a very exciting time to join CPRE. We are in the process of reviewing how we communicate our purpose and radically broadening our appeal. The newly appointed Chief Executive and the Board is seeking to deliver a bottom-up, enabling and volunteer-focused strategy for the future. The Director of Volunteering & Partnerships is a brand new leadership role that has been created to work with a talented and committed senior team to grow, enable and empower volunteers and create partnership projects which demonstrate positive approaches to protecting and enhancing the countryside.

WWF: Global Wildlife Conservation, Food, and Forest Lead Scientists
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing date: Not stated
Location: Flexible
WWF’s half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; it informs and underpins everything WWF do. WWF is recruiting a team of Global Science Leaders to advance the organization’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. The Global Science Team works closely with experts in finance, markets, policy and practice to advance a coordinated effort that will deliver science and technology for tangible conservation results at a speed and scale commensurate with the trends that undermine them. The Global Science Leads report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist and are key members of WWF’s Network Science and Practice Team.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust: Trustee
The Vincent Wildlife Trust is a charity that has been at the forefront of techniques for wildlife conservation for over 40 years. Our specific niche is the smaller native mammals providing scientifically sound, practical solutions to conservation problems. Our work to date, has focused on the needs of British and Irish mammals, mostly mustelids (the weasel family) and the rarer bats.
Due to the upcoming retirement of a long-standing trustee, a vacancy has arisen on the Board. We need someone to complement the skills and experiences of the existing trustees and move the VWT through a new period of growth. The Vincent Wildlife Trusts are looking for a person who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about species conservation, especially those at risk in Europe, perhaps someone who is developing their career in this sector. Preference will be given to those who are developing their network or already have good connections, can bring new perspectives and navigate the Trust through the challenges ahead.

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