Policy and Project Officer
The purpose of this role is to support delivery of our policy advocacy and projects. The role-holder will take the lead on a key policy area to advocate for changes for nature-rich and inclusive National Parks and help develop our advocacy and projects in Wales, working with the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes. This post is funded by our 7 National Parks Legacy Fund to support our work to protect and enhance: the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Peak District National Parks. Objectives and tasks Take the lead on a specific policy area to advocate for key changes for nature-rich and inclusive National Parks. The specific area to be determined depending on skills and experience – this could include nature recovery, land-management, climate change or inclusive access. Develop our advocacy, profile and projects in Wales, working with the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes to develop shared objectives and activities and lead engagement with Welsh Government, National Park Authorities in Wales and other partners. Develop, and lead delivery of new key projects specifically designed to support campaigning, as part of the ‘7 National Parks Legacy Programme’. Undertake analysis and evidence gathering, and commission research to support the 7 National Parks Programme, policy advocacy and campaigns. Draft responses to consultations on National Park Management Plans and other key consultations. Monitor key legislative and policy developments which affect National Parks in Wales and support developments of new projects and campaigns. Build relationships with parliamentarians, partners and stakeholders in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament), working with the Senior Campaigns Officer and Policy and Research Manager. Project and stakeholder management, working with the wider team, with regular meetings, updates, events, reports and as the projects demand. Represent CNP in policy meetings with partners and stakeholders in England and Wales. Contribute to reactive case work (where there is significant or dangerous precedent-setting risks to National Parks) and support National Park Societies on campaigns. Support communications and campaigns e.g. writing blogs, news articles and social media posts in relation to their lead policy area and projects. Be a positive and proactive member of our team supporting colleagues and delivery of our overarching objectives including campaigning and fundraising. Why join Campaign for National Parks? A bit about us We are a historic organisation: our first campaigns resulted in the creation of our National Parks over 80 years ago and we’ve worked hard since to protected them from urbanisation and development. Today, National Parks are enjoyed by millions from all backgrounds, but access remains unequal and our important work includes championing diversity outdoors, building on from the Mosaic programme we launched over a decade ago. We are a nimble and dynamic organisation, totally focused on campaigning for change to protect our National Parks, secure nature recovery and enable inclusive enjoyment. We are a small team of currently 6 staff and you will work closely with all the team, including Chief Executive, fundraisers and campaigners. You will be line managed by the Programme Manager and will work closely with the Policy and Research Manager who will assign some of your tasks directly. Our values:
- Collaborative, inclusive, strength in coalition
- Solutions and future focused
- Championing different perspectives and those leading the way
- Courageous and bold – valuing our independence, calling for change
- Constructive – ready to roll up our sleeves, get stuck in and try new things
- Credible: campaigning and storytelling grounded in practice and evidence.
- Inclusive: taking positive action to ensure National Parks are for the entire nation.
Our benefits: Being a small organisation, everyone in the team has a big say in what we do and how we do it. You will have autonomy to develop ideas and to try them and lead and grow important work that makes a real difference. You will be supported by friendly and committed colleagues. Your development is extremely important to us, and we will support you to learn and progress your career. Our agility and size means that you will spend more of your time making things happen and you will get to visit some of the nation’s most beautiful places. Work/life balance is really important to us. All our team work some kind of flexible working arrangement so that our work fits in with our lives. We are open to exploring how this role could work for you, including whether you want full time (35 hours per week) or part time. We offer enhanced holiday allowance (25 days year with an additional day per year of service up to 30, plus bank holidays, all pro rata if working part time), enhanced employer pension contributions (5%) and enhanced sick pay. Location: Our staff can be based from home or from our London office, or work from both (hybrid). Our office is based in SE1 near London Bridge and Borough stations and candidates would be expected to travel to attend team meetings in person once a month, as well as travel across England and Wales to visit National Parks, and Cardiff for meetings. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities, and we can make reasonable adjustments to suit.