Land Use Policy Manager

Newark, but flexible on location with the ability to work from home


Full time 35 Hours per week 

£30,000 per annum 

Do you want to help drive forward ambitious new land use policy to help us to tackle both the climate and ecological crises?

The Wildlife Trusts have a vision of land and seas rich in wildlife and people close to nature. We believe that nature is valuable in its own right, that everyone should have the chance to experience the joy of wildlife and that they are part of nature, wholly dependent upon it.

We are developing a new ten-year strategy setting out the collective impact we want to have as a movement. Although the strategy discussions are ongoing, it is already clear that we need to take a fresh approach to land management – a more holistic one that will ensure that, by 2030, nature will be in recovery with abundant and diverse wildlife everywhere, and that natural processes will be creating wilder landscapes where people and nature thrive.

The central charity (the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts) needs someone to help guide this policy change to deliver nature’s recovery. This role will work with government, statutory bodies and other non-government organisation to build climate adaption and resilience into landscape scale management and recovery; and to advocate these policies at a high level.

This role will work with external experts and stakeholders across the movement to ensure co-ordination of land policy work to develop policy and strategy, coordinate responses to consultations and identify opportunities for influence. You will work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure climate and land policy issues are integrated with other areas of policy work (e.g. freshwater, marine, planning, species recovery, nature-based solutions).

You will have experience of working with nature conservation organisations, public and voluntary sectors, and substantial knowledge of land management, food and farming issues, including policy and strategy. You will be comfortable and confident in engaging specialist colleagues across individual Wildlife Trusts and externally. You will draw upon The Wildlife Trusts’ experience and innovative ways of working to gather information on what they are currently doing, expertise, appetite for change, risks and future opportunities.

You will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be organised and resourceful and be able to think strategically while having an eye for detail. You will have a clear passion for the cause and have excellent listening, collaboration and facilitation skills to help bring everyone together to ensure that they deliver to the highest standards and achieve the best outcomes for nature.

We value courage, respect, integrity, trust and responsibility. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims, we are not judgemental, and we are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible.

Closing Date: 6 June 2021

First Interviews: 16 June 2021