Head of Landscapes

Vacancy (32-40 hrs)

Daniel Mirlea

Head of Landscapes

Vacancy (32-40 hrs)

Would you like to work with a group of talented colleagues committed to making Europe a wilder place? Are you passionate about unleashing the power of wild nature and helping natural processes and wildlife populations bounce back at landscape scale, so that people across Europe can benefit?
If so, we might have the perfect job for you…


The Head of Landscapes is a key position at Rewilding Europe, with he/she acting as the “linking pin” and main coordinator between the central team and the local rewilding area teams. By facilitating and supervising, he/she ensures that the overall strategy of Rewilding Europe is achieved coherently and efficiently within each landscape. Collaborating closely with other teams in the organisation, the Head of Landscapes focuses, in particular, on three key components:

  1. Co-production with local rewilding partners, driving the development of large-scale rewilding in a number of landscapes, mostly in northwest and central Europe. This includes strategic planning, coordination, exploration of opportunities, pioneering new approaches, fundraising, and delivery of results and impact.
  2. Within the central team, working closely with the Heads of Rewilding, Enterprise, Communications, Finance & Operations and central team experts to ensure Rewilding Europe’s continental agenda is coherently planned, monitored and delivered at the landscape level.
  3. Participating in and supporting the development of a number of centrally led initiatives, such as the European Wildlife Bank, the European Rewilding Network and other related activities.

The Head of Landscapes reports to the Managing Director and is a member of the Management Team (MT) of Rewilding Europe.

Core activities

The Head of Landscapes is responsible for carrying out a wide range of activities, including the following:

Facilitating and supervising implementation of Rewilding Europe’s strategy by local entities

  • Oversee the annual planning, monitoring and reporting cycle of four to five rewilding areas, and act as the “linking pin” between Rewilding Europe’s central team and the local area teams;
  • Provide advice and guidance on the setup of local partnerships with a variety of local public and private partners that ensure the local rewilding mission is institutionalized in partners’ agendas and the local entities become part of the local stakeholder fabric, playing an active role in the local development of their landscapes;
  • Initiate and/or provide support to fundraising efforts for the rewilding areas;
  • Ensure the Management Team is kept up to date on progress, challenges, needs and opportunities arising in the rewilding areas;
  • Ensure smooth and regular communication with the local entities so that they are kept up to date on Rewilding Europe’s innovations, strategies and processes, and in so doing ensuring the rewilding mission is aligned and alive at all times between remotely linked offices;
  • Visit the rewilding areas frequently, preferably synchronised with other members of the central team; and
  • Work closely with the heads of Rewilding, Communications, Enterprise and Finance & Operations in coordinating all work related to the rewilding areas.

In coordination with the Head of Rewilding, providing focused technical support on rewilding matters to the rewilding areas

  • Support the local teams with technical rewilding expertise in a broad range of rewilding matters, help them scope for opportunities and think innovatively about solutions (e.g., from rewilding of a variety of natural processes, restoration of habitats, dam removal, reflooding, peat restoration and rewilding of forests to wildlife comeback);
  • Participate in strategic planning, budgeting and fundraising for rewilding activities;
  • Ensure ecological monitoring is an integral part of all rewilding initiatives taking place in the rewilding areas and collaborate closely with wildlife and monitoring colleagues in the local rewilding teams to achieve this; and
  • Advise on the rewilding impact of enterprise development in the areas.

Supporting a number of centrally led initiatives

  • Support the monitoring programme by coordinating impact and progress measurement in the rewilding areas, partly by leveraging geospatial information system technology;
  • As a member of the Executive Committee of the European Wildlife Bank support decision making on natural grazing projects and herd contracts with local partners;
  • Support local teams in identifying local rewilding initiatives that have the potential to be part of the European Rewilding Network;
  • Help the local teams to identify good opportunities for the European Safari Company and Rewilding Europe Capital;
  • Support communications initiatives in the areas; and
  • Take part in Management Team Meetings, Supervisory Board meetings and other strategic and operational meetings in the central team.

Key qualifications

We are looking for someone who is highly motivated – sometimes you will have to go against the grain and transform challenges into opportunities in a positive way. We are looking for a strategist who is able to determine a strategic and tactical route based on objectives and current activities. We expect you to be well acquainted with the substantive challenges and the professional field in Europe, but that you will also want to make new contacts and engage the support of others by presenting a challenging yet visionary agenda. The ideal candidate will be diplomatic, a connector, but also result-oriented, tenacious and adventurous. Technical qualifications should include:

  • MSc in conservation, wildlife biology and/or a related field.
  • At least five years of hands-on experience managing multinational nature conservation programmes.
  • Extensive experience in remote management and partnership development with local organizations.
  • Good command of English is essential, and preferably an additional language such as Swedish, German or Polish.
  • Excellent social and communications skills and extensive experience in inter-cultural communication.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and a good understanding of the potential role the private sector can play in amplifying rewilding at European level.
  • Strong organisational capabilities, hands-on attitude, solution and result-oriented.
  • A proactive attitude and ability to work independently.
  • Passionate about Rewilding Europe’s mission, vision and objectives.

The offer

  • Rewilding Europe is a professional and dynamic organisation with an informal culture. We offer market competitive remuneration, commensurate with responsibilities.
  • Frequent travel is required – the candidate can be based anywhere in Europe, but preferably central to the location of the rewilding areas and close to an international airport.

About Rewilding Europe

An independent charitable foundation registered in the Netherlands, Rewilding Europe has established itself as a pan-European initiative, operating at the front line of rewilding at European scale. Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, for the benefit of nature and people.

After more than nine years of dedicated effort, Rewilding Europe has already made considerable progress. Our team is based in 18 different European countries, with a focus on the rewilding of large landscapes in eight regions across the continent. Our work, carried out with a range of dedicated partner organisations, means that the rewilding process in Europe has now achieved significant momentum. As we take this new movement forward across the continent, Rewilding Europe will continue to act as a pioneer and frontrunner.

With a head office in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, our lean-and-mean central team currently comprises seven lead positions, with a total of 25 people working from multiple European countries. There are two Head of Landscapes positions, one of which we are now looking to fill. Read more about Rewilding Europe at www.rewildingeurope.com.

How to apply

Are you interested in this position? Do you recognise yourself in the profile outlined above? If so, we cordially invite you to send your motivational letter and CV before 5 March 2021 at 17.00 hrs CET to info@rewildingeurope.com. Any enquiries should also be sent to this email address.

We strive to ensure that our employees are a reflection of society and the international character of our organisation. Safety and protection of our colleagues is of critical importance to us. We, therefore, ask you to complete a declaration of integrity and may ask for references. A Certificate of Good Conduct may also be required.

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