Since our inception, the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) has helped indigenous peoples and local communities to protect more than 12 million hectares of rainforest. We believe that the best way to protect the rainforest is through empowering the people who live there to defend their ancestral lands.

At this pivotal time for the environment and conservation in the face of changing political landscapes, we are seeking two new and committed Board members to help continue our vital work and provide strategic leadership to our organisation.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds, though have identified the following specific areas of particular value:

·         Ambassadorial figures with strong networks and connections and the willingness and ability to leverage these on behalf of RFUK

·         Campaigning and communications professionals

·         Commercial and entrepreneurial flair, preferably from the technology sector

·         Qualified accountants

·         Human resource management practitioners

Person specification

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment and interest in human rights and environmental issues, coupled with the ability to: think strategically; challenge constructively; scrutinise Board papers and financial information; and actively and effectively contribute to Board discussions.

Experience operating at non-Executive Director or Trustee level and knowledge of charity sector governance – as well as an understanding of the global NGO sector, external environments and donor funding – are also highly desirable, though not essential, for Trustee applicants.

About the Board

The Board is comprised of passionate professionals representing a range of sectors and specialisms, including: sustainability, human rights, income generation, legal, finance, aca­demia and governance. Quarterly meetings are held in London, and Trustees must be able to commit approximately 2-3 days per quarter. Trustee posts are unremunerated, although reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The Rainforest Foundation UK values the strength of diversity of thought – women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please visit http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/who-we-are/jobs to access the Appointment Brief with full details including the role description and person specification. Interested applicants should send a CV and Supporting Statement (no more than 2 x A4 pages) demonstrating your motivation and requisite skills, experience and knowledge as detailed in the role description and person specification.

Completed applications should be submitted to jobs@rainforestuk.org no later than close of business on 30th October 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview within two weeks of the closing date. Please highlight in your correspondence if you have any conflicts with these dates.

For an informal discussion about the role or for any queries, please contact