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Bats are remarkable animals and an important part of our natural environment. The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is proud to be the leading non-governmental organisation devoted solely to the conservation of bats and their habitats. Our mission is to secure the future of bats in a changing world. BCT works on a number of levels to create a better world for bats and runs a range of different projects and initiatives.
In recent years there have been significant changes to the legal and policy framework that surrounds the protection afforded to all European Protected Species (which includes all UK bat species). Leaving the European Union and a range of new policies and initiatives, including planning reforms,
the Environment Act; the Quinquennial Reviews; Brexit Freedoms Bill and other emerging policy/legislation make this a time of opportunities but also of significant challenges. A major task for BCT in the years ahead is to ensure that legislation which protects bats and their habitats is not weakened during this period of change. A central part of BCT’s approach is to mobilise political support to influence government decisions. This includes supporting the Species Champions programme in England, Scotland and Wales. It also involves supporting campaigns as and when the need arises, leading on policy consultations and being an advocate of bats and species to public and policy audiences.
We are seeking someone with excellent communication skills, knowledge of species legislation and policy, an awareness of the workings of British Government and Government Departments and the ability to network and influence as an advocate for bats.
If you have the passion and experience to join our team and help us secure a future for bats and the habitats that support them and wider biodiversity, please view the job description and person specification below, and download an application form with guidance notes.