£38,632 - £46,611 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Principal Policy Officer (Woodlands and Forestry)
Location: RSPB Scotland – HQ
Salary: £38,632.00 - £46,611.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance

This is an outstanding opportunity to ensure the UK’s woodlands and forests help tackle the nature and climate crises. You will lead the development and high-level advocacy of RSPB policy on forestry and woodland issues and influence important debates and decisions across the UK.

We are looking for a highly experienced policy advocate who understands and can influence the policies that drive both commercial forestry and the decisions by landowners to plant trees and manage woodlands of all kinds. You will provide thought leadership, already be well respected in this field and your advocacy, communication and campaigning skills will be second to none.

What’s the role about?

The UK’s woodlands and forests have a major role to play in helping to halt declines in nature and combat climate change. Significant woodland and forest expansion forms part of all land use scenarios for how the UK will achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The RSPB supports the management and expansion of the UK’s woodlands and forests and seeks to influence the public policy, legislation and funding decisions, at UK and devolved level, that affect this. The Principal Policy Officer will have a UK remit and work with policy staff across the four UK countries, leading the development of our overarching policy positions, helping to develop and coordinate our advocacy strategies and ensure their effective implementation. The role will be responsible for undertaking high level advocacy on forestry and woodland policy and providing information, advice and support to other staff internally on forestry and woodland matters.

The postholder will need strong leadership skills and the ability to work with a wide range of policy staff across the UK and with colleagues in our Conservation Science, Communications and Campaigns and Operations teams to ensure we have impact.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Developing credible policy positions based on sound science and evidence
  • Developing advocacy strategies that will achieve results
  • Undertaking high level advocacy and communicating persuasively
  • Coalition campaigning and communications
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders at senior level
  • Helping to plan and coordinate work across different teams and disciplines to ensure we influence policy decisions in each of the four UK countries.

What we need from you?

  • You will be an experienced policy advocate, recognised as a thought leader in your field, and with substantive knowledge of forestry and woodland policy and practice in the UK or wider.
  • You will be able to lead and coordinate work with others to develop policy positions, produce advocacy strategies and implement them and have influence externally at a senior level.
  • You will be able to analyse complex issues in a fast-paced environment
  • You will have well-developed negotiating and influencing skills and be able to engage with a wide range of individuals and organisations
  • You will understand how public institution decision-making occurs and have good political instincts
  • You will have written and verbal communication skills of a very high standard; professional and persuasive
  • You will have an excellent understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns in supporting policy advocacy.
  • You will be confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB policy and advocacy to the media and through the use of social media.
  • You will be an expert in woodland and forestry policy in the UK or wider, with relevant academic or professional qualifications
  • You will bring with you an extensive network of contacts and relationships in government, agencies, business and NGOs, relevant to the forestry and woodland sectors.

Closing date: 23:59, 11 March 2021


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

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Posted on: 18 February 2021
Closing date: 11 March 2021
Job ref: 156502_RB
Tags: Campaigning, Policy/Research
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