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Senior Policy Officer – Water

Senior Policy Officer – Water
Reference: FEB20249951
Location: Flexible in UK
Salary: £38,389.00 - £41,212.00 Per Annum

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

An outstanding opportunity to help turn around the alarming state of England's freshwater habitats. You will work with a diverse range of teams across the RSPB to drive forward our policy and advocacy work on water and coastal policy issues and influence important debates and decisions across the England.

What's the role about?

Water quality is high up on the political and media agenda, as the British public grow increasingly concerned about pollution. Clean water and healthy freshwater ecosystems are vital to much of England's wildlife and essential. This role will help lead the RSPB work to secure the right policies and funding mechanisms to turn this around by driving investment in catchment and nature-based solutions. This is a great opportunity to work to improve the health of England rivers, streams and lakes, and help society adapt to and mitigate climate change.


  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject
  • Proven experience of operating effectively in a policy and or advocacy role
  • A good understanding of governmental and political institutions of the specified department and location where relevant to environment/biodiversity policy
  • Well-honed political acumen coupled with the ability to analyse complex issues in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to identify, target and advocate RSPB policy effectively to relevant external audiences (including government, business, NGOs) through presentations, attendance at conferences appropriate use of social media, etc to further RSPB policy advocacy objectives.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders in the relevant policy area, including senior government officials, other NGOs, academia and business in order to build optimum conditions for successful advocacy for RSPB policy positions.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational), including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences, including those with opposing views.
  • A good understanding of the role of public facing communications/campaigns in supporting policy advocacy.
  • Experience of leading or facilitating the delivery of relevant policy research to inform policy positions

Sunday 28th April

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Closing Date: 28/04/2024  Location: UK Flexible

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