Communications Officer

Based full-time in Halesworth, Suffolk

Salary c£22k

Inspiring people into positive action. We know that compelling and inspirational writing can make people take pause and think about what they can do as an individual in a world that is in a climate emergency. We are seeking an individual that can translate their passion for the natural world into stories that will motivate and tell the work of us and our partners to a wide range of audiences.
If you are looking to work for a forward thinking, solutions based conservation organisation who is committed to protecting the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats and have proven experience in writing/journalism then this could be the role for you.


World Land Trust (WLT) is seeking a second writer/journalist to join their communications team delivering engaging and creative content that will inspire new and existing supporters and capture the public interest.

Working with WLT

WLT is based in the UK and is unique within the conservation world. The Trust has grown from small beginnings, saving critically threatened forest in Belize, to become an internationally respected conservation organisation with a proven track record of more than 30 years, working with overseas conservation NGOs on the protection of threatened habitats. WLT has developed its modus operandi without losing its vision, integrity and transparency. You will be passionate about the natural world and be expected to align with the ethos and vision of WLT and become fluent in WLT’s work and its projects early on.

What you’ll be doing

The Communications Officer will actively support the Communications Manager and wider team in producing creative content; writing, editing and updating content for the website and printed publications which engages our audiences; undertaking essential editorial functions; researching new stories and editing blogs. You will be working with a Videographer, drafting press releases and assisting in the co-ordination of social media activities.

Who we’re looking for

You will be an excellent communicator with a minimum of two years’ writing/journalism experience, with strong editing, copy-editing and proofreading skills. Sharing our passion about environmental issues, you will have a proven ability to write compelling copy for different audiences and be able to explain complex issues in an accessible and engaging manner.

A team player, but also confident working under your own initiative, you will be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, be able to work effectively under pressure, and prioritise your workload to meet tight deadlines.

As an Employer

WLT is based in Halesworth, a charming market town on the edge of the Suffolk Heritage Coastline, in a characterful period property. As an SME employer we can offer you a welcoming work environment, with a 35 hour working week, 33 days’ annual leave, a pension scheme, life assurance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other benefits.

If you’re ready to take on this challenge please see the full Job Description and Person Specification.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.


To apply please send a full CV, which must be accompanied by a covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role, and no more than one piece of work that you are most proud of. You should also include a short piece (no more than 300 words) on one of the following topics, including an eye-catching heading and strapline:

1 – why do you think it is important to raise awareness of the climate emergency?
2 – what is the most powerful environmental story you’ve heard, and why?
3 – why do you think story telling is important for conservation?

Completed applications should be sent to:

Debra Porter, HR Adviser, or by post to World Land Trust, Blyth House, 3 Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8AB.

Closing date for applications: 0900 hrs on Monday 06 April 2020. It is expected that interviews will be held on 23 April at our offices in Halesworth, Suffolk. Candidates who have been shortlisted for interview may be asked to take part in a short assessment as part of the interview process.

Please note that the closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

No agencies or advertisers please.