Policy and Advocacy Lead

Rewilding Britain


Rewilding Britain wants to see rewilding flourishing across Britain – reconnecting us with the
natural world, sustaining communities and tackling the climate emergency and extinction crisis.
Established in 2014 as the only national rewilding charity in Britain, we champion rewilding,
acting as a catalyst for debate and action and demonstrating the power of nature to address the
enormous threats we face.

We urgently need an expansion of nature’s recovery across Britain, restoring and connecting up
areas of rich natural habitat. Our vision is at least 5% of Britain rewilding, governed largely
by natural processes, within a further 25% as a wider mosaic of regenerative land and marine
uses that enhance nature’s restoration and ensure local people can make a viable living. The UK
and devolved governments have already made a pledge towards 30% for nature’s recovery by 2030.
Now we need to make sure that this happens both in policy and in practice.

We want to see rewilding, and its principles and benefits, increasingly embedded within
government and other key organisational policies, with financial support available for its
application. Through a dynamic combination of high-level policy influencing, public campaigning
and media engagement we aim to ensure that rewilding is mainstreamed into the way we manage our
land and seas. Wherever possible we work in partnership with others and are helping to catalyse
a collaborative network of rewilding action.

We are looking for a self-motivated Policy and Advocacy Lead to join our team and help steer
Rewilding Britain’s policy and advocacy activities. The successful candidate will be an
innovative, driven and forward-thinking individual with a proven track record of advocacy,
policy or influencing work within a relevant sector.

If you have what it takes to help us, please send your CV and a one page summary on the
What 5 policy changes would most support rewilding and what would you do to change
’ to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday January 30th. We aim to hold
interviews via Zoom on Thursday February 9th.

Key Role Purpose

Develop, research and lead the delivery of evidence-based policy influencing, public affairs
and campaigning activities which support the mainstreaming of rewilding into policy and
practice across Britain in line with our organisational priorities.

What we are looking for:

This is an exciting opportunity to really make a difference. We are looking for someone who
shares our passion for rewilding and the natural world and is:

  • A self-starter with initiative and motivation who works to make things happen
  • Experienced in, and with a good understanding of, the current UK policy landscape relevant to
    rewilding and how this relates to devolved nation policies
  • A persuasive writer and communicator with a track record of managing stakeholders and
    influencing key decision-makers, able to articulate complex ideas simply
  • Successful at devising and implementing calls to action that engage and empower the public
    and key stakeholders
  • Skilled at combining policy, public affairs and campaigning activities, with clear evidence
    of impact
  • Collaborative, adaptable and able to respond quickly to an ever-shifting context.
  • Organised at creating and effectively delivering project strategies and plans

You will be responsible for:

You will be expected to work closely with the Chief Executive, Director and other team members

  • Shape and coordinate the development and delivery of Rewilding Britain’s policy, political
    and advocacy profile in line with our strategic objectives.
  • Track changing policies, practice and legislation in relation to rewilding, and provide
    political monitoring and intelligence to colleagues across the organisation.
  • Focus on policy change at the UK level whilst working with other policy staff to ensure the
    coherence of our approach across the UK and devolved governments.
  • Develop policy positions relevant to Rewilding Britain and, with colleagues, communicate
    these in order to influence the external policy environment;
  • Build and maintain effective stakeholder relationships, particularly with policy makers,
    politicians, national and local decision makers, and campaigning or landowning bodies.
  • Represent Rewilding Britain externally including at stakeholder meetings and in the media or
    at events, building relationships which drive forward our policy and campaigns work.
  • Undertake or commission research on specific policy areas as required.
  • Plan and work with comms colleagues to implement public engagement campaigns to build a
    larger, more active rewilding movement in support of our aims.
  • Work with our Rewilding Manager to engage the Rewilding Network in our influencing
    activities, e.g. by providing compelling evidence of rewilding in practice as well as by taking
    supportive action.
  • Support our communications through the drafting of content, e.g. blogs, media comment and
    social media posts, as requested.
  • Report on policy, campaigns and public affairs activities, providing updates and progress
    against key milestones.
  • Undertake other duties that may from time to time be necessary and are compatible with the
    nature and grade of the post.

Skills and experience


  • At least 5 years experience of working in policy, advocacy and influencing in a relevant
  • Demonstrable understanding of the political landscape in the UK, devolved governments and
    other key bodies relevant to rewilding.
  • Ability to achieve change through the effective use of current public affairs and campaigning
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Persuasive communication skills which influence and motivate
  • Ability to work autonomously, showing initiative while building excellent relationships with
    the wider team


  • Experience managing work remotely
  • Experience in and understanding of rewilding
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Experience of dealing with press/media



  • Positive, collaborative attitude.
  • Passionate, confident and adaptable.
  • Focussed and results driven.

Terms and conditions

This is a full-time role at 35 hours per week, but we are open to applications from those
looking to work 28 hours or more per week. The salary is £38,000 to £45,000 pro rata per annum
depending on experience.

We are a virtual team who all work from home, which will require a suitable home office working
environment and equipment. Some meetings may be held in other parts of the UK

There will be some freedom for the person to determine their own working arrangements each
week, within limitations, providing the work is delivered.

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