Friends of the Earth's campaigns seek to address the urgent challenges of stopping climate change, restoring nature, cleaning up our air and toxic pollution, and living within environmental limits. We are looking for a Senior Planner to join our hard-hitting team of political, legal and planning specialists. You’ll already be a fully qualified Town Planner with substantial practical experience (or have gained Professional Competence) – perhaps in an NGO, local authority or consultancy. You’ll be committed to using the planning system to improve our environment and the well-being of the public, especially those who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged in society.
You’ll have an excellent knowledge of current planning policy and debates, and a passion for supporting communities in their right to participate in the decisions which affect their local environment and quality of life. You’ll be prepared to get stuck into fighting proposals for nationally significant environmentally damaging major infrastructure, extraction and energy developments – such as applications for open-cast coal mines, new roads or fracking.
About campaigning with Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth has a track record of making real change to protect the environment, from halting fracking across the country for the past six years, to securing and then defending the feed-in tariff to support solar power, winning a ban on neonicotinoids to protect bees, to leading the campaign for the Climate Change Act to put in place legally binding targets to reduce the UK's carbon emissions.
We are a local to global network with sister organisations in over 70 countries worldwide and almost 200 local groups across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (Friends of the Earth Scotland is a separate organisation) and we work in partnership across the environmental movement and third sector as the best way to achieve change.
What we offer
We offer a competitive range of benefits, a good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and a vibrant and friendly organisational culture.
Diversity and equal opportunities
Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunities employer and we are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement including: black and minority ethnic people; disabled people; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and woman in senior positions. Please do get in touch to see how you can become part of the Friends of the Earth team.
CVs are not accepted for this role.