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Join a passionate team of individuals who together coordinate efforts in the interest of moorland. This is your chance to work for a unique charity and find a sense of belonging, as well as the opportunity to enjoy all the perks of being employed by the Heather Trust, such as flexible working and a generous holiday entitlement.

Vacancy - Director



An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Director at the Heather Trust. We are a small charity that works to develop and promote sustainable, resilient moorland for the benefit of everyone. We achieve this through working closely with a wide range of stakeholders involved in the diverse range of land use objectives in upland landscape.


Our key activities include:

  • Developing, promoting and sharing best practice advice and guidance (including research, education, training and demonstration);

  • On a UK wide basis, and from an impartial standpoint, facilitating and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders through joint projects, forums, networks etc.;

  • Engaging with and representing the interests of sustainable moorlands;

  • Ensuring the effectiveness, impact and sustainable growth of the organisation.


The Director will focus on the delivery of work relating to these priority areas, including all aspects of heather and moorland management, e.g. peatland management and carbon capture, wildfire management, bracken control and heather beetle. This work includes representing the Heather Trust on a range of stakeholder meetings in the UK, e.g. the Bracken Control Group, the England and Wales Wildfire Forum, Uplands Alliance; delivering commissioned briefings, and arranging various meetings and site visits, including overseeing the preparing of agendas, supporting papers and minutes as appropriate.

The job holder will be required to keep abreast of policy and research in relation to the moorlands and uplands of the UK, especially Scotland, England and Wales, and promote the work of the Trust through press, social media and at external meetings.


The work will also involve drafting consultation responses and ensuring that finances are properly managed.


Key accountabilites

  • Engage with land use and management policy and research developments as they impact UK moorlands, presenting the case for the value of moorland habitats.

  • Keep abreast of and explore new markets for blended public and private investment, such as Natural Capital, nature restoration and NetZero opportunities. Understand and communicate the implications for moorlands, including attending any relevant meetings for and on behalf of the Trust.

  • Keep abreast of wildfire policy development in and engage with the DEFRA, Scottish Government and NatureScot as appropriate.

  • Explore opportunities for expanding the Trust’s role and relevance in England & Wales.

  • Provide line management to staff and contractors, and work closely with the other staff to ensure the efficacy and efficiency of the operations of the Trust.

Good to know

The role can be full or part time for the right candidate, and can be carried out from almost anywhere in the UK. We have an office to use in Dumfries if you're local, but most of the team work remotely.


How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, then please submit your application in writing to viv.gill[@] Please include a CV and covering letter detailing how you fulfil the requirements of the role.

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