RSPB • RSPB Cymru - HQ

Senior Conservation Planner, Wales

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £36577 - £39267 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

We are recruiting for a Senior Conservation Planner to join RSPB Cymru’s Policy & Advocacy Team and be part of our work to influence decision-makers to drive nature’s recovery in Wales.

About the Role

The Senior Conservation Planner will lead our engagement with land-use and marine planning policy and plans in Wales, seeking to ensure they are fit for the purpose of tackling the nature and climate emergency.

You will have oversight of RSPB Cymru’s engagement with planning casework, line managing our Casework Officer, as well as potentially taking the lead on some major cases working with our scientists and other experts. You will work with counterparts across the UK to shape our strategic approach and ensure our engagement with developers and regulators in Wales aligns with our UK-wide casework priorities and reflects Wales’ unique policy context.

You will work with colleagues to deliver policy advocacy, campaigns and communications to share and build support for our work. The ideal candidate will be a passionate and proactive advocate who will seek out opportunities to champion the change nature needs to decision-makers, professional counterparts, and the public.

This role can be home-, office-, or dual location-based. You will sometimes need to travel within Wales and the UK, including occasional nights away from home.


  • Degree or equivalent in environmental or planning subject
  • Chartered membership (or working towards this) of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or equivalent professional experience.
  • Substantial professional experience of the Town and Country Planning system, other regulatory system or of working in a relevant policy role.
  • Good knowledge of environmental issues and how wildlife can be affected by land use change.
  • Good knowledge of the Town and Country Planning process or other regulatory process, and understanding of environmental legislation including impact assessment processes.
  • A good understanding of environment/biodiversity policy.
  • Able to analyse complex issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to act independently to generate and lead on policy positions and project development at a senior level of influence.
  • Excellent communication, negotiating and influencing skills
  • Line management experience.


  • Experience of working in the planning system, especially development management and/or public inquiries.
  • Knowledge of politics and political systems and their relevance to conservation issues.
  • A good understanding of the policy areas relevant to this role and associated biodiversity and environmental issues associated with them – particularly Welsh legislation and policy.
  • Ability to communicate in Welsh

Additional Information

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on the 25th/26th of October, 2023. For further information, please contact annie.smith@rspb.org.uk.

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence of how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above. We reserve the right to close this advert at any time.

This role will require the completion of standard pre-employment checks.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments as part of the application stage, please do get in contact.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

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