Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity is looking to co-opt a trustee with extensive experience in nature conservation, in order to reinforce its governing body’s knowledge and expertise.
For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
Nature conservation has never been more important and this is an exceptional opportunity to join a vibrant and committed board of trustees (“Council”), which provides the governance function for the charity. Most members of Council are directly elected by the membership but this will be a co-opted position.
The successful candidate will have:
• Experience in nature conservation
• Ability to think strategically and differentiate between strategy and operations
• Ability to constructively challenge fellow trustees and senior management
• A strong personal commitment to environmental issues
The post is without remuneration but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may be reclaimed.
If you would like to play a role in achieving the Trust’s vision of a network of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas, we would love to hear from you.
For further details, please download the application pack, which includes a full role description and person specification.
If you would like more information please phone 0131-312 4710.
From 1-12 November 2021, the UN climate talks (COP26) will take place in Glasgow. The COP26 Coalition is a broad UK-wide coalition of representatives from NGOs, faith groups, trade unions, direct action groups, student and youth, migrant and racial justice, grassroots and international climate justice networks, set up to coordinate activities around this crucial summit.
The Coalition will be the vehicle by which civil society plan together, share resources and learning, and organise a mass mobilisation and Peoples' counter-summit during the COP. It has the potential to support the transformation of the climate movement in the UK, to a stronger, more climate-justice centred movement long after COP26 is over.
The aims of the COP26 Coalition are to:
●Organise around COP26 in a transformative, climate justice-centred way, that creates space for hope and is inclusive and accountable to the full breadth of civil society and international climate movements
●Use COP26 as a moment to strengthen the Scottish, UK and International climate justice movements to build power for system change - before, during and after the COP.
●Enable civil society to use COP26 as leverage for making gains at the domestic level that advance climate justice, and ensure best outcome possible from the COP itself.
The Purpose of this Role
The Cop26 Coalition has secured funding to employ a Mass Mobilisation and Digital Engagement Officer based in Glasgow). This is an exciting opportunity to work with diverse organisations, networks and movements across Scotland, the UK and internationally in creating a series of digital and in person mobilisations on the ‘road to COP’, culminating with a successful, safe huge public event with an expected 500,000 people attending.
Initially working remotely, you will be based in Glasgow and hosted by Friends of the Earth Scotland, with another Officer based in London, hosted by War on Want. The two Mass Mobilisation and Digital Engagement Officers will work closely to ensure a co-ordinated and successful delivery of mobilisation moments in the lead-up to COP26.
The post-holder will work with and alongside other key stakeholders such as NGOs, faith groups, trade unions, direct action groups, student and youth, migrant and racial justice, grassroots and international climate justice networks to ensure that popular mobilisations in response to the post COVID-19 economic crisis both integrate and centre climate demands, and anchor a ‘movement of movements’ approach.
As this is a UK Government hosted COP taking place in the devolved administration of Scotland, there is an unusual context to these talks. In planning and preparing for the mass mobilisation in November 2021, there will be cross-border political and civil society dynamics to consider, in addition to the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The post-holder will need to be an excellent networker, highly organised, with a strong track record of planning and implementing events, preferably on a large-scale. Experience in online mobilisations and digital engagement is also required. Managed by the Coalition’s Glasgow Coordinator, also hosted by FoES, the role will be accountable to the Coalition. The post-holder will work closely with Coalition Working Groups, in particular the Mobilisation, Communications, and Glasgow Local Working Groups, in a flexible and open way that fully involves them in the planning and implementation of the mass mobilisations and any other planned mobilisations (digital and in person).
Reporting to: COP26 Coalition Coordinator (who is in turn managed by the Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland on behalf of the UK COP26 Coalition).
Having gained extensive experience of successfully advocating environmental policy change you are ready to step up to a bigger stage. This is an exciting opportunity to use your expertise as well as gain valuable experience developing our relationship with the Scottish Parliament and Government to secure better decisions for our environment.
WWF Scotland is seen as a key player in protecting some of the world's most vulnerable animals, places and people, tackling climate change and addressing the unsustainable consumption of precious natural resources. Our work in Scotland has a well-deserved reputation for effectiveness and innovation and has impact across the UK and internationally. We are working to ensure people live in harmony with nature. Join us as a Public Affairs Manager and make that happen.
As Public Affairs Manager, you will collaborate with colleagues and oversee our relationship with the Scottish Parliament, political audiences and key contacts. You will support the development and delivery of political advocacy plans for Scotland to help meet our strategic objectives on climate and nature. You will also lead the management of our presence at the party conferences and other external events. You will help develop political strategies and contribute to UK-wide projects too. Important will be the ability to provide strategic political advice to the Scotland Director and others internally on issues of political significance.
For this role, you must have experience of working in public affairs and a record of successfully advocating policy change to decision makers. You will demonstrate a strong understanding and experience of the Scottish Parliament, its processes and the broader political environment. You will also have excellent awareness of Scotland’s environmental and climate legislation and the transition to a low carbon economy.
An effective communicator you are capable of presenting complicated and new topics concisely and clearly to political audiences. Good at prioritising you will have strong project management, presentation and interpersonal skills too.
A team player you are also adept at overcoming obstacles and can demonstrate a passion for the natural world and WWF’s core mission.