The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland.
The Public Affairs Officer role will work to increase the Trust’s influence through public affairs and policy work, building strong partnerships with environmental NGOs, politicians at local and national government level and relevant stakeholders. An integral part of this role is the ability to lead on the Trust’s advocacy relationship with local authorities and the two national parks across Scotland to ensure policy support and resource allocation for woodland protection, creation, and restoration. In particular, the Public Affairs Officer will support planning policy influencing at the local and national government level.
You’ll possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills and a good understanding of how to deploy them within a political context. Working experience of Scottish politics and environmental policy, and a keen interest in current affairs are a must alongside the ability to be a good advocate for the Woodland Trust's mission. You must be able to travel for site visits and meetings, sometimes in remote areas of Scotland, and with some overnight stays.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.