Director of Fundraising & Marketing


Flexible (weekly meetings in Salisbury)
c.£45,000 - £50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021  

The decade ahead will be critical for nature and therefore for the wellbeing of society. Plantlife is looking for an ambitious and influential person to lead our fundraising and marketing activity as a member of the Senior Management Team. You will be responsible for a range of activities spanning engagement with our superb supporters through to re-invigorating our commercial arm. You will have demonstrable success in growing income from areas as broad as individual giving to consultancy, grants, trusts, funds and legacies, and you’ll be marketing Plantlife to wide and diverse audiences. You will have a great team to work with and stretching targets to aim for.

Plantlife has a new and ambitious strategy that you will help lead and deliver.

If you want to be the person that can make a difference, with the required individual skills combined with a team approach to achieving success, Plantlife is the place for you. We would love to hear from you.

About Plantlife

Established in 1989, Plantlife International is the only UK charity dedicated to conserving wild flowers, plants and fungi in their natural habitats and helping people enjoy and learn about them.

Our charitable aims and objectives are simple:

  • To improve the fortunes of threatened wild plants in the UK and overseas
  • To help everybody – young and old - to enjoy wild plants and to get involved in their conservation
  • To campaign for policies and practices to sustain wild plants.

We own 23 nature reserves across the UK and carry out conservation and outreach work on our own land and in partnership with others, such as the National Trust, RSPB and the Forestry Commission. We advise landowners and publish best practice guidance. We carry out research and gather data to inform government policy. We engage people of all ages and abilities in plant conservation and education and give everybody opportunities to enjoy wildflowers. We work overseas with bodies such as the IUCN and Kew and, as a lead partner in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, identify Important Plant Areas across the world and plan their conservation with government and community groups.

Our Flagship programmes include:

  • Magnificent Meadows, along with our partners we are restoring species-rich grasslands across the UK.
  • Dynamic Dunescapes, improving sand dune habitat for rare species through the engagement of local communities, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, and others.
  • The Road Verge Campaign, with over 100,000 signatories to change the way councils manage wildflower habitat on roadsides.
  • The National Plant Monitoring Scheme, a government-funded, volunteer-lead citizen science project to gather data on plant distribution.

We are governed by a board of 11 trustees, chaired by Professor David Hill OBE. Our Patron is His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Philip Mould is our President and Rachel de Thame Vice President.

We have 60 staff, located in our Salisbury head office, at other Plantlife offices or at home. Plantlife Cymru and Plantlife Scotland each have devolved responsibilities. We also have a team of 1500 volunteers who work in the field, at events and in our offices. Of our annual £3.2m expenditure, £2.9m is spent on conservation and communication work.

A large proportion of our income derives from our 11,000 loyal members and supporters. We also receive funding from the UK governments and their conservation agencies, grant making bodies such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Land Fill tax funds, donations from charitable trusts and foundations as well as income from business partners and fundraising events.

Plantlife is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

For more information please visit our website: You will also find information there about our trustees, our policies and projects, as well as our annual reports and accounts.

About the role

This is a full-time post (35 hours per week). The location is flexible, however, a weekly presence at our HQ in Salisbury (Covid permitting) is expected. The role will require frequent travel across the UK to meet supporters and visit other Plantlife locations. We work normal office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday), although this role will also require some weekend and evening working.

The reward package is based around a salary of £45-£50k plus contributions to a group personal pension scheme and other benefits, including 25 days annual leave.

How to apply

A full job description and person specification are set out below. If you fit the bill, please write to us enclosing a copy of your CV and the Plantlife application form (available from our website or upon request) to: [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 30th June at 12.00 noon.

We expect to hold initial interviews via zoom week beginning 5th July.

If you have any questions about the role please contact: Julia Clements, [email protected]. She will also be able to arrange an informal discussion with our Chief Executive, Ian Dunn.

In order to minimise our administrative costs, applicants should assume they have been unsuccessful if they have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date. In such instances we are thankful for your interest in Plantlife International.

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