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The NAAONB is currently recruiting a new Policy and Advocacy Manager.

Post title: Policy and Advocacy Manager, National Association for AONBs
Salary: £32,225 per year (pro rata), plus very generous pension
Hours: 30 hours a week
Location: Home-based, with regular travel

The National Association for AONBs is the voice of the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are a membership organisation with an excellent reputation, trusted by our members, partners and government. The legislation underpinning AONBs was passed over 70 years ago to recognise and protect the natural beauty of these areas for the nation. Over this time the value of these places has grown, but so have the challenges facing them.

We’re looking for someone with a passion for landscape who will seize this opportunity to grow their talent and career in a role which will help shape the debate and future of environmental policy and delivery in the UK.

You will work directly to the Chief Executive, supporting, coordinating or advising colleagues across the AONB Family, eNGOs and Government, whilst maintaining an overview of fast-changing policy developments on a wide range of topics such as agriculture, development management, and nature.

You will have experience of designing and delivering influential policy development, research activity and projects, combined with a team ethos which drives effective relationships to share knowledge, collaborate and deliver with impact.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be adept at reacting to a fast-changing policy landscape but able to take a long-term view of delivery.

You will be working against a backdrop of unprecedented change in landscape, agricultural and environmental policy. The Landscapes Review of 2019 and agricultural transition following departure from the EU; biodiversity off-setting and the role of green finance; energy and food security; and the on-going development pressure and impacts on local communities. These are some of the live issues which affect AONBs and illustrate the potential breadth of this role.  The UK’s AONB Partnerships are ready to step up their delivery for nature, climate and people. With collaborative working the norm, an impressive ability to leverage external funding and an enviable track record of delivery; these iconic places, representing 15% of the land area of the UK, have the potential to make a real difference.

Above all you will relish this chance to join our small, dynamic team at a critical time to make a positive difference, spotting opportunities to put landscape at the heart of environmental policy development and delivery.

More information and detailed role description.

To apply, please send a statement, not exceeding 1000 words, with evidence of how you could achieve the duties in the job description and a current CV to by 17th June 2022

Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday July 27th 2022

If you wish to discuss the role please contact John Watkins, Chief Executive, at or 07948 248619

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If you are interested in opportunities in your local AONB, please check the AONB websites.

You could also consider becoming a member of the National Association for AONBs, applying to become a Trustee on our Board, or volunteering with an AONB team. 

Would you like to volunteer in some of the most outstanding countryside in the UK?

Volunteering is a great way to make friends, learn new skills, get fit, fill a gap in your CV, get work experience and make a real difference to the long term conservation and enhancement of the UK’s most outstanding countryside.

From practical conservation work and event attendance to student placements and office work, there are lots of ways to volunteer with AONBs.

Use the list on the right to contact the AONB you would be interested to volunteer for and find out more.