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Woodland Trust seeks Public Affairs Officer – Scotland

Woodland Trust <1y Entry Level  Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 26 Jun 2017

Job Description

Public Affairs Officer


The Woodland Trust’s vision is of a country rich in native woods and trees, for people and for wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. At the Woodland Trust we influence policy makers to work with us. We do this to ensure society fully maximises the benefits of our woodland in the 21st century.


The Public Affairs Officer will assist in delivering the Trust’s campaigns and external affairs strategy. As part of the role you will monitor local authority and Scottish Government policy; developing opportunities with key decision makers. An integral part of this is the ability to influence developing local authority policy. You’ll manage relationships with Councillors and MSP Species Champions; Building strong partnerships with eNGO’s and assisting with the research of Woods Under Threat.


You’ll possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills and an understanding of how to deploy them within a political context. The Public Affairs Officer will have knowledge of current affairs and must be able to demonstrate experience of influencing policy. Experience in building strategic relationships with decision-makers and policy influencers is a must. Existing knowledge of Scotland’s politics is desirable.

Qualities and skills

  • Communication: Proven communication skills, both verbal and written, and the confidence to represent the Woodland Trust, both internally and externally, in a professional, competent and positive manner. You will have experience of communicating with audiences from diverse backgrounds, and will have the ability to enthuse others whilst being aware and responsive to their drivers and objectives.
  • Networking: Ability to network and create and build valuable relationships.
  • Innovative: You will be able to create and deliver new ideas to assist with the Trust’s campaigning and advocacy work.
  • Professional: Self-motivated and flexible you will be able to plan, organise & manage your work programme, on time and to budget. You will have a ‘can do’ approach and be able to work independently.
  • Self-aware: You will demonstrate a willingness to develop your own skills and help develop those around you.
  • Collaborative: Proven ability to work within and across multiple teams including staff, and stakeholders
  • Knowledge: Experience in network building, influencing, Scottish public policy, politics. Some evidence of an interest in the natural world would be desirable.
  • IT competency in MS Office, especially Word, Excel and Outlook and database management.
  • Driving : a full UK driving licence would be an advantage.  

How you need to be

Surefooted – Having a clear sense of direction, being confident by doing the right thing at the right time for the Woodland Trust.

Nimble – Being innovative and creative and adapting to the changing needs of the Woodland Trust and our people.

Trusted – Understanding our people, being a listening ear and keeping promises.

Treasured – Great at building relationships internally and externally. A respected, go-to person, great at working cross-functionally and able to represent the Woodland Trust with key decision makers.


There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return we recognise and value our people. You’ll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.

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