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Community Fundraising Officer
Heart of England Forest

Job Description

Not only is our Forest expanding, so too is our team, and we have an exciting opportunity for you to join us.  We are searching for a confident, highly organised, proactive and enthusiastic fundraiser to join the charity at an exciting stage of our development.

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity working hard to create a huge new woodland in the heart of the country that will benefit people and wildlife for generations to come.

We take our mission very seriously; it has never been more important to invest in our natural environment.  Planting trees and creating new woodlands is no longer just a positive ambition for the country, it’s absolutely essential. It is the simplest solution to help mitigate climate change and create new green spaces that can help reconnect people and communities with nature and the natural environment.

Our goal is to reach 30,000 acres of semi contiguous forest by planting 13 million native broadleaf trees. To date we have planted more than 1.8 million trees.  The significance and scale of our work cannot be underestimated: The Heart of England Forest, already the largest new native forest in the country – will become one of the largest forests in England.

The charity is a rewarding place to work and offers its staff a number of benefits.

Please visit our website to download a job description / person specification and an application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Community Fundraising Officer (Salary - £22,000 p/a)

We have a fantastic opportunity for a confident, highly organised, proactive and enthusiastic fundraiser to join the charity at an exciting stage of our development. We are looking for someone who is passionate about our mission and wants to help grow, support and nurture engagement amongst the local community to help deliver a real and lasting difference. 

You will enjoy, and have demonstrable experience of, building effective long-term relationships, delivering excellent supporter care and creating innovative and exciting fundraising ideas.  The ideal candidate will bring with them at least one year’s fundraising experience and be someone who really relishes the opportunity to apply their skills and expertise to build awareness, engagement and support for a cause that is committed to conservation and passionate about planting trees.

With particular responsibility for local community and corporate fundraising you’ll need to bring with you bags of determination and be comfortable and confident communicating with a range of stakeholders. 

We can offer an exciting challenge alongside the opportunity to help shape fundraising and make a difference at a crucial time in the charity’s development.

Closing date: Monday 26th August 2019

Interview date: Monday 9th September 2019


Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity.  We want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and plant one of the largest forests in England. Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken woodland – a refuge from the modern world where people can rediscover nature and wildlife can flourish. It’s an ambitious vision, which we’re determined to make happen, one tree at a time.

The Heart of England Forest is not only a perfectly positioned lung for the Midlands, but a breath of fresh air for the nation. With over a million new native trees planted so far, we are restoring our native woodland – providing a safe and permanent habitat for wildlife as well as an escape for people from the urban environments surrounding it.

The forest stretches up the Warwickshire / Worcestershire border, from the present-day borders of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to the edge of the Vale of Evesham – the north Cotswolds to south Birmingham. It’s an area dense in cities, towns and industry. Which is why we’re creating a place to walk under shady canopies and through airy glades, away from the bustle of city life.

The UK has less than a third of the native tree cover of many other European countries, including France, Germany and Italy. Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland has already started.  With 6,000 acres of land, the forest currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and over 3,900 acres of new planting. We have planted an incredible 1.8 million trees so far, that’s over 12% of the way towards our goal of a 30,000-acre forest. But with patience and your support, who knows how far it will grow!

More information can be found on our website. 

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