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Policy Assistant - Farming and Climate Change

Reference number: A1360819

Location: Bedfordshire

This is an exciting opportunity for someone starting out in a career in environmental policy. Suitable for a recent graduate, this fixed term role will support the RSPB's work on farming, land use and climate change, working with farmers to develop policy proposals that can drive the transition toward carbon neutral, nature-friendly farming.

The team covers agriculture, water, forestry and upland policy and works closely with RSPB land use policy colleagues across the UK, and with policy advocates in Brussels to secure more sustainable land management and use. The team works collaboratively with other NGOs and networks, and with other RSPB and BirdLife International teams to ensure nature stays on the political agenda, both by working directly with decision makers and those who shape policy, and by encouraging others to step up and act on nature's behalf.

With the recent declaration of climate and environment emergencies in Parliaments across the UK, and a target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, farming and land use will pay a pivotal role in the fight against climate change, and efforts to drive nature's recovery. This role provides an opportunity to work in one of the biggest policy departments in the environmental NGO sector, focusing on policy research, analysis and the production of specifc policy and advocacy products, such as reports.

It will also support RSPB advocacy across the UK, and that of our partners through assisting with the organisation of events, project management and producing briefings for senior managers.

You will:

Be able to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment
Have a relevant degree qualification or equivalent
Have good written and verbal communication skills
Be able to manage projects effectively, and have strong time management and organisational skills

Successful candidates will need the flexibility and transferable skills to support other areas of work and colleagues in other regions and countries, as needed.

Please ensure you complete the application form available rather than send your CV. For queries please contact Tom Lancaster at

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Salary starting at

£19,602 to £21,236 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 18 month contract

Closing date: 5 September 2019
Interview date: 19 September 2019

How to apply

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