Tender opportunity at LINK

Nature Recovery Targets report

Closing date: 1700 on 5th June 2020

Scotland’s nature is in crisis: 1 in 9 species at risk of extinction in Scotland, mirroring global declines in biodiversity. While the First Minister’s declaration of a climate emergency in April 2019 grabbed many headlines the nature crisis has received less attention, though the Scottish Government has also acknowledged that the nature crisis is of equal importance to addressing climate change. While nature recovery targets for England [and Wales] have been proposed in the UK Environment Act, there are currently no plans to set legislative targets for nature recovery in Scotland.

Scottish Environment LINK (‘LINK’) is commissioning a research report to contribute to the discussion around new nature recovery targets for Scotland. This in-depth piece of research will gather the detail of successful targets that have been applied in Scotland, in different policy areas, and evaluate the success and limitations of environmental targets to date.  Full details of the tender can be found via this link. Invite to tender – May 2020


Conservation Collective – Executive Director, Highlands and Islands Environment Fund, Scotland

Contract: Initially one-year, full-time contract, subject to three-month probationary period. Future years subject to funding.
Salary Indication: £35,000 dependent on experience
Workplace: Working from home, frequent travel around the Highlands and Islands area, occasional travel to Edinburgh and elsewhere in the UK.
Closing date: 31st May 2020
Holidays: 25 days per year in addition to bank holidays.

About the fund:

The fund will be part of a network of local place-based environment funds. The Conservation Collective – launched by Ben Goldsmith – currently includes environment funds in Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Aeolian Islands, Cyclades Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Barbados, and the Ionian Islands. The Highlands and Islands Environment Fund will raise money from individuals and businesses that love and rely on the highlands and islands of Scotland, to provide financial support to the most effective projects and campaigns working to protect and restore the natural environment there. Day to day activities of the Executive Director will be split 50/50 between grant making and fundraising, and the post will also be responsible for fund administration and communications. The Highlands and Islands Environment Fund will be a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), and the Executive Director will report to Jade Brudenell who runs the Conservation Collective.


  • Local or well-integrated individual with strong communication skills
  • Pro-active, highly organised individual – a self-starter and entrepreneurial approach
  • Excellent connections with government, policy makers and businesses
  • Good understanding of the key NGOs operating in the area
  • Background in environmental studies, biology, conservation or other related discipline.




  • Develop the initial fundraising and grantmaking strategy for the fund, based on the scoping study.
  • Coordinate all set up aspects: charity registration, formation of trustees and committees, development of website and marketing materials, compile and manage donor   list,  professional services engagement (bank, legal, accountancy).
  • Develop and manage budgets and financials.
  • Grant making
  • Identify grants and prepare overview of the short list for the steering committee to review at bi-monthly calls.
  • Identification of project and programme ideas, support potential partners in project design.
  • Project development in areas where partners are not active, capacity building. Creation of alliances and coalitions between various stakeholders.
  • Project follow up and evaluation.
  • Lobby to influence policy where relevant.
  • Concisely and accurately report on progress of grants to the steering committee.



  • Work with Chairman and central team to secure core team of at least ten Steering Committee members contributing at least £10,000 every year, for a minimum three years.
  • Identification of potential partners and supporters. Manage fundraising process from beginning to end, liaising with the Steering Committee where necessary and attending key meetings.
  • Follow up of existing leaders, and key corporate partners and donors (create, develop and nurture relationships).
  • Raise money from local and international businesses (researching new partners, cultivating partnerships through tailor made programs).
  • Apply for further funding from larger foundations where relevant.


Governance & team

  • Coordination of Steering Committee meetings (agendas, dates, minutes etc.).
  • Coordination of core team (trustees/co-founders) meetings on ad hoc basis for time sensitive operational decision making.



  • Draft newsletters (2x per year) and distribute via Mailchimp.
  • Website content – drafting text, posting news items.
  • Developing content and posting on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram).
  • Social media monitoring and engagement with partners (likes, shares etc).
  • Create brochures and other marketing collateral.
  • Relations with the media: drafting press releases, attending press conferences, interviews with press, radio and local TV.
  • Production of annual report, web content and other publications.
  • Attending events and participation in conferences in representation of fund.
  • Preparing content as required for partners (text for brochures, web pages and other promotional material).


Fund admin

  • Arrange all aspects of fund administration: budgets, financial reports, online payments etc.


To apply:

Applicants should email their CV and covering letter to jade@conservation-collective.org by close of business on May 31st 2020. The letter should detail:
– relevant experience and skills
– why they want the position
– details of current salary and salary required
– details of availability

Interviews will take place via Skype initially, and then in person.

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