Closing date: Friday 31st March 2017

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country has vacancies on our Trustee Council. We are looking for a number of individuals with a passion for wildlife along with some key skills that will help the Trust to develop and deliver our strategy and vision to have more wildlife, more wild places and more people with a strong connection to the natural world every year.

Trustees are amazing people willing to volunteer to support and guide a charitable organisation to achieve agreed vision and goals. 

As a trustee you have a unique opportunity to shape the strategy and vision of the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to protect the natural environment and connect people with nature.

We are looking for new voluntary trustees with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to commit to leading the Trust through a crucial stage of our development. As well as performing the essential governance roles of the charity, as set out in the job description, our trustees are the ambassadors for the Trust willing and able to make new connections across a wide range of networks.

We are looking for people who are passionate about wildlife, who are committed to making Birmingham and the Black Country into a greener place and have some of the skills and experience set out below:

• Specialist ecological knowledge with a particular focus on invertebrates, geology or landscape architectural practice. You will be willing to use your skills to work with staff influencing decision makers about the importance of the natural world.

• Senior finance experience, at Board or Director level, in a substantial business or public authority. You will be able to understand and predict financial trends, identify financial risks and communicate these effectively to non-finance trustees.

• Teaching, skills and education experience, you have worked in an educational setting at a high level, are familiar with national curriculum expectations, have a good understanding of educational funding and a familiarity with educational regulatory frameworks. You will be willing to use these skills to support staff to develop our environmental education strategy.

• Working in town planning and/or major residential or infrastructure projects, you have experience of planning and policy issues and you understand the essential value of nature and green space in an urban setting.

• A successful business leader, you view a healthy natural environment for Birmingham and the Black Country as critical to the success and growth of the economy. You are willing to be an advocate for the natural environment across business networks making the case for natural capital, and creating new partnerships for the Trust.

• You have experience working with, supporting and developing the skills of young people from diverse backgrounds. You are willing to work with the Trust to develop and deliver our youth engagement strategy.

These posts are not remunerated, but offer the satisfaction of giving about five hours per month to improve community. Meetings are held monthly in the evening.

Our aim is for our council of trustees to reflect the diversity of Birmingham and the Black Country and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Trustees are normally expected to serve, in a voluntary capacity, for a 3 year term. We provide an induction, full training and personal development opportunities.

Meetings are held in the evenings and you should expect to devote at least 5 hours per month to Trust affairs.

An informal new trustee briefing morning will be held on Monday 28th November at 10am.

To book your place or to discuss your application please contact Paula Reilly be email or phone 0121 454 1999.

A full Trustee Briefing Pack is available to download from google drive here or individual files below:

Trustee Role Description

Draft Five Year Strategy Summary

For a full version of the draft five year strategy or to request additional information please get in touch using the details below.


The Trust is also looking for an enthusiastic and astute natural leader to join Trust Council as Chair of Trustees. You can find out more about this exciting opportunity to lead the Trust in delivery of our new five year strategy here: Chair of Trustees vacancy.

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 If this sounds like you and you would like to apply to become a trustee pleae send your CV and covering letter to

To find out more about the 28th November briefing morning contact Paula by email or phone 0121 454 1199.


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