Peat Policy Officer (Conservation)

08 Jul 2021
05 Aug 2021
Sport & Leisure
Contract Type
Full Time
Peat Policy Officer (Conservation)
Newark - Flexible Home or Office Based
Full Time 35 Hours per week
12 Month Contract
Closing Date: 8 August 2021
First Interviews: 18 August 2021
The climate and nature crises require comprehensive, ambitious solutions and urgent action across all sections of society. As a grassroots movement of 46 independent conservation charities working on the ground to recover nature, our client have a vital role to play.
Peatlands are critical to their vision to see 30% of land managed for nature by 2030, halting the decline of biodiversity and starting to recover nature across the UK. They are home to rare and threatened species; unique breeding bird assemblages, fascinating invertebrates, and an abundance of mosses, sedges, dwarf shrubs and insectivorous plants. Restoring peatlands on a landscape scale is also essential for tackling climate change and achieving 'net zero' emissions; peatlands are vast carbon stores, yet when in poor condition they are a net emitter of greenhouse gasses.
As Peat Policy Officer, you will advocate for strong policies to prevent damage to peatlands and support their recovery, working with colleagues across the movement and in partner organisations.
You will use evidence, stories and resources from across the movement to advocate for:
• Targets for peatland restoration, and mechanisms to support their delivery;
• Reductions in damaging activity including burning, drainage and extraction;
• An end to peat use in compost and wider horticulture; and will seek to establish the movement as the foremost deliverer of peatland restoration and recovery.
Working with campaign colleagues you will help drive forward their campaign to ban sales of peat products, and will coordinate the movement's response to a forthcoming Government consultation on this topic, as part of a wider push by the environmental sector. You will work alongside Wildlife Trusts and partner organisations to build the case for greater controls on other damaging activities, and draw upon expertise from across the sector to inform the mechanisms needed to reduce or reverse the damage caused to their lowland and upland peatlands.
You will help ensure active communication with and among Trusts on peat policy, to ensure local Trusts help inform central policy work, and are equipped to utilise and amplify policy messages. Working among and between teams, you will help ensure the central team effectively collaborates to deliver this programme.
Our client value courage, respect, integrity, trust and responsibility. Whilst they are passionate in promoting our aims, they are not judgemental, and they are inclusive. Their society is divided, and our client want to reduce, not increase, that division.
You will be part of a tight and dedicated central team, with a modest budget but an unmatched depth and breadth of human resources to draw on across The Trusts. Our client are looking for an organised and driven character who can thrive in a grassroots movement. They need a team-worker, who will work collaboratively and strategically to deliver agreed priorities, but one who can display a degree of personal responsibility and autonomy too

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