The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity with a vision of a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives.
We conserve, restore and create wetlands for wildlife and people, pioneering efforts in the UK and globally. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature, and internationally we work in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.
Wetlands are amazing, providing such a wide range of societal benefits. However, despite this wetlands are also overlooked and undervalued, and those that remain face a range of threats.
To address this we need to change the way wetlands are valued so that they become recognised as one of the very best ‘nature-based solutions’ to the climate, nature and wellbeing crises.
This year WWT aims to do this, presenting exciting proposals for a ‘blue recovery’ from the Covid-19 pandemic. Working with others we want to create and restoring 100,000 hectares of wetlands, essential blue infrastructure that would renew communities and prepare us for future challenges.
About this role
We are recruiting a Policy & Advocacy Officer to make the case for wetlands, leading projects to influence Governments and other stakeholders and secure the information, plans and funding that will bring our proposals to life.
WWT’s policy and advocacy team provide political intelligence, develop policy positions and deliver advocacy in support of strategic goals. We are recruiting for a key member of this team, leading on priority areas including developing and advocating our proposals for an urban wellbeing network and setting up a new All Party Parliamentary Group for Wetlands.
This work will involve working extensively across a wide range of external stakeholders as well as close collaboration with WWT colleagues in our Conservation and Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Directorates, as well as in our wetland centres.
You will excel in identifying opportunities, building partnerships and delivering advocacy to secure positive policy outcomes.
The successful candidate will understand the policy landscape, have an ability to spot emerging challenges and develop compelling policy responses, and possess the personal qualities and organisational skills to build support for them.
This is an exciting time to be joining WWT; if you are a creative and strategic thinker, an outgoing and persuasive advocate and a team player with a passion for people and nature, we would love to hear from you.
We have a flexible approach to where you are based, but you must be prepared to travel to our HQ at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire and to London on a regular basis.
In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’
- Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
- Life assurance
- Free car parking and secure bike storage areas
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free entry to all our centres
WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.
Closing date: 27th May 2021
Interview date: 9th & 10th June 2021
Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410