Policy Specialist (Ecology / Environmental / Conservation)

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
£28,000 pro rata per annum
14 Mar 2018
09 Apr 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

Policy Specialist (Ecology / Environmental / Conservation)
£28,000 pro rata per annum
Part-time - 17.5 hours per week
Fixed term for 3 years

For over 50 years, our client has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. They successfully champion 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 organisation is currently looking for an experienced and strategic Policy Specialist to help influence the future direction of land use policy in Scotland, building on their Land Stewardship Policy, Upland Vision and advocacy of a National Ecological Network.
You will help develop detailed positions, particularly with regard to agriculture, to enable the Trust to contribute to and influence the post-Brexit legislative framework as it emerges.  You will gather evidence and develop detailed proposals which will help to influence decisions about the future of the uplands, including the future direction of deer management and driven grouse moors.
You will produce external briefings, papers and reports to advocate the Land Stewardship Policy, and will develop proposals that set out the future of protected areas in Scotland and how they could be better connected through a National Ecological Network.  As an expert in this field, you will also generate media content and other communications materials as required.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in one of the following: conservation, land management, ecology, agriculture or a related discipline.   You must have previous experience working in a policy environment, ideally in Scotland, and as such will be familiar with legislative and policy-making processes.  
Candidates should have good knowledge of ecology and landscape-scale conservation, protected site systems, environmental legislation, land management, current funding mechanisms, agricultural support and the key threats to Scotland’s natural capital.  Experience of writing briefings, consultation responses and written evidence is essential.  
This is a new post, funded for three years on a part-time basis.