Regional External Affairs Officer
This role is a homebased role with the preferred candidate living in the South West
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. We own and care for over 1,000 woodland sites across the United Kingdom and support the creation and management of woodland on land outside the Trust’s own estate.
Working as part of the External Affairs team and alongside South West team colleagues, the Regional External Affairs Officer will help to increase the Trust’s influence amongst local and regional decision makers. You’ll work with local and central government representatives and agencies in order to guarantee that woods and trees are valued in key policies and investment decisions, ensuring they are incorporated into relevant delivery plans.
With a strong understanding of current affairs, you’ll be able to demonstrate an ability to influence policy and build strategic relationships with regional decision makers and policy influencers.
You will be committed to the Trust’s aims and possess an understanding of current affairs and political processes in the context of environmental issues and you’ll have excellent written and verbal communication skills. An understanding of England’s planning system would be a bonus.
You’ll be self-motivated and able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team, comfortable giving media interviews and influencing others to your point of view.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. 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 and good holiday entitlement.