Head of Policy

John Muir Trust

Pitlochry (there may be scope to work from Edinburgh)
£35,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.johnmuirtrust.org jobs@johnmuirtrust.org 01796 470080

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 4th August 2019  

The John Muir Trust is looking for a skilled communicator and strategic thinker with relevant policy experience and knowledge of the conservation sector to oversee the Trust's programme of policy work and lead a small, dedicated team.

From the John Muir Trust Strategy 2019-21:

Due to the uncertainties of climate change and development pressures, we cannot take wildness and wild places for granted. …..Climate change impacts on all wildlife, while land reform and other social agendas are changing the relationship between people, land and nature.

Policy areas of work that will deliver the Trust’s three key strategic aims are:-

  • We will protect and conserve wild places across Britain, seeking to reduce the twin threats of inappropriate development and damaging land management practices.
  • We will repair and rewild suitable areas of land by enriching biodiversity and by working collaboratively with others to achieve landscape-scale restoration of natural processes (for example, the expansion of native woodlands).
  • We want to inspire people by encouraging them to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places and wild nature and to get involved in managing and repairing natural systems.

The Head of Policy is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Trust’s programme of policy work, including: work on relevant policy statements; advocacy and campaign plans; commissioning research or other technical work to support policy development; responses to external policy consultations; responding to casework such as planning or other developments that impact wild land; and meeting with politicians and key stakeholders.

The Head of Policy will line-manage a small team of policy staff, coordinate the work of the cross-departmental Policy Delivery Group and support and advise Trust staff engaged in policy delivery, Trustees and members. 

For the full job description and details of how to apply go to the: John Muir Trust Jobs page

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