Chief Advisor, Wildlife

Woking, Surrey
06 Apr 2018
22 Apr 2018

Chief Advisor, Wildlife

Living Planet Centre Woking


Woking  GU21 4LL

Chief Advisor – The Role     

WWF-UK is looking for a new Chief Advisor on wildlife issues, to join the Science and Policy Team. The purpose of the team is to guide WWF-UK to achieve greater impact and to ensure that WWF-UK drives the external agenda on our priority conservation and sustainability issues.  We do this by stepping away from the detail and seeing the bigger picture; by strengthening the organisation’s strategies; by offering or finding the best evidence and expertise that can guide or support WWF’s work; by seeking out new opportunities for influence; and by delivering cutting edge interventions which can help us to deliver against WWF-UK’s strategic goals.

As a member of our Science and Policy Team you will take responsibility for leading our scientific understanding on global wildlife and wildlife issues, such as wildlife crime, climate and species interactions, and Human Wildlife Conflict. 

This will involve ensuring that we are up to date with, and have access to, leading international expertise and current evidence on wildlife conservation and that we are keeping ahead of the external debate. You will advise on policy development and guide colleagues in using this expertise and evidence to shape coherent and effective strategies for influencing governments, businesses and other stakeholders. You will input into the development, delivery and evaluation of our programmes, campaigns and communications in the UK, EU and our priority partner offices in other countries too.

You will also support the development of WWF-UK and WWF international Network strategies on wildlife conservation by providing advice and guidance.  You will identify and engage with key external audiences, and develop cutting edge research programmes. The ability to build internal relationships and external networks will be important, so you become a strong voice for WWF in influential media, key conferences and political processes.

Chief Advisor – Requirements

You must hold a relevant qualification, ideally a PhD, and/or equivalent experience in wildlife conservation science or policy. You will demonstrate a good grasp of current wildlife science and policy debates internationally, coupled with experience of providing strategic leadership to organisations and programmes, preferably on issues relating to wildlife. You will ideally possess expertise in acting as the lead specialist for an organisation as well as a history of achieving organisational objectives.

Effective at influencing key political and business stakeholders and shaping policy debates, you will also possess excellent networking, communication and advocacy skills. You will have strong skills as a science communicator, and experience of working with the media. A team player, you are adept at overcoming obstacles and can demonstrate a commitment to the natural world and WWF’s core mission.

Who are we?

WWF believes in a future where people and nature thrive.

Best known as the world’s leading conservation body, we’ve seen first-hand how wildlife, the environment and human activity are all interlinked.

That’s why our passion for safeguarding the natural world has to be backed up by other environmental action – tackling the global threat of climate change (through our big global campaigns like Earth Hour) and helping people to change the way they live to ease pressure on natural resources.

WWF is at the heart of global activities in all these areas. We have teams of highly skilled professionals working with governments, businesses and communities here in the UK and around the world.

Chief Advisor – How To Apply

Please visit our website via the link and complete the online registration and submit a copy of your up to date CV with cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this role and why you believe you are suited for the role.

Closing Date: 22/04/2018

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.

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