Seeking new panel members for the Trust’s Conservation & Science Advisory Panel

Closing date:
Salary: Voluntary, unpaid position
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Part time
Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Hampshire, SO32 2DP
Would you like to help shape the ambitious and pioneering conservation work of one of the largest and most successful nature conservation charities in the region? We are looking for volunteers to join the Trust’s Conservation & Science Advisory Panel (CSAP)

Would you like to help shape the ambitious and pioneering conservation work of one of the largest and most successful nature conservation charities in the region? We are looking for volunteers to join the Trust’s Conservation & Science Advisory Panel (CSAP), which provides high-level guidance to our governing board (Council) to ensure a sound, evidence-based approach to our activities. These include the care of our large network of nature reserves, acquiring new sites, promoting biodiversity within marine, freshwater, urban and agricultural environments and, importantly, engaging people in wildlife.

In line with our bold new strategy – Wilder 2030 – the Trust is also engaging with many new and exciting opportunities to expand our work and our impact, including reintroduction of missing species, rewilding projects, and innovative nature-based solutions programmes, to meet our headline goal of putting nature into recovery.

We are seeking people who have a solid understanding of ecology and wildlife conservation, and who will bring up to date knowledge and fresh thinking to the Trust’s work. Ideally this will be coupled with more specialist expertise in areas such as terrestrial, freshwater or marine biology, land management, habitat restoration, rewilding ecology, species reintroductions, nature-based solutions or the provision of ecosystem services. This is likely to have been gained through a relevant degree and/or post-graduate qualification, coupled with experience of working within field, research, policy or consultancy roles. Early career individuals with relevant post-graduation expertise would be welcome, as would people with longer experience.

The time commitment would be modest. CSAP has typically held evening meetings three times a year at the Trust's head office in Curdridge, with email discussion of occasional issues which arise in the meantime. In future there is likely to be increased use of video conference discussions, and during COVID-19 restrictions all meetings will be held this way.

You would need to be, or be willing to become, a member of the Trust.

If you would like to find out more we would be delighted to hear from you. See our Information Pack for further details as well as information on the selection process, how to apply and how to contact us if you have any questions.

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 April.

The Wildlife Trusts are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, Trustees, volunteers and members as crucial to our success in bringing about nature’s recovery. We welcome and encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.