Youth Engagement and Participation Manager

The Woodland Trust

£28,000 - £34,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 12th June 2022  

Youth Re-Imagined Participation Manager


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a world where trees and woods thrive for people and nature. The Trust engages and inspires people to make their difference tackling the nature and climate crisis helping protect, restore and create our vital woods and trees. 


The Youth Reimagined Participation Manager will be pivotal in developing and embedding the role of young people within the Trust, in particular how they integrate into governance and decision-making structures to ensure young people have a voice.

This youth engagement and participation role will take the lead on supporting young people into roles of responsibility and influence within the Trust, including young trustees and the aspirational Woodland Trust Youth Council. The role will involve managing the development of a range of paid and voluntary work placement and training programmes to provide opportunities for young people across the breadth of the Trust’s charitable activities. This is a new role with scope for huge potential and diversification.

Main responsibilities:

  • Taking the lead for embedding initiatives such as youth voice in governance and decisions making and establishing a new Youth Council.
  • Enabling transformational change in the Trust’s culture that actively seeks young people’s voices and involves young people across the Trust, including through high quality volunteering, apprenticeship and employment opportunities.
  • Co-designing innovative initiatives that will bring young people’s ideas and perspectives into the Trust’s strategy, decision-making and communications.


You’ll be an excellent communicator with extensive experience of working with young people ideally in a charitable or environmental organisation.

You will have previously managed training and placement schemes and be confident in promoting the value of youth voice to various stakeholders.

An understanding of opportunities to fund and deliver innovative youth engagement programmes is advantageous as well as a strong knowledge of safeguarding legislation and proven responsibility for safeguarding within previous roles.


There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Joining the team you will be making your contribution to tackling the nature and climate crisis. 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, good holiday allowance and the opportunity to work flexibly from home.


At the Woodland Trust, we believe everyone deserves to have their lives enriched by trees and woods.

We also believe that our organisation should reflect and represent the full richness of human diversity in terms of background, identity, ability and circumstance. As groups of people currently underrepresented as Woodland Trust employees, we are particularly keen to receive your application if you are Black, Asian or minority ethnic, disabled or under 25. We are measuring our success in redressing this.

We are open to discussion of any adjustments or flexible working arrangements you may need to achieve your full potential at any stage of the process, and if you are successful in gaining a position with us, during employment.

We promise the only thing we assess within your application is how you have demonstrated your suitability for the job, and nothing else.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we find the suitable candidate before the closing date. 

Our Hybrid working model is an expectation of working from the office in Grantham a minimum of twice a month – this may vary from role to role.

Please apply through our website.

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