Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,947 – £35,497
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th July 2021

  • Advertised from 9th July 2021
  • Fixed-term (up to 12 months)/full-time



This job exists to develop and communicate Trust policy in order to guide conservation and visitor management practice. In addition the post-holder will contribute to the Trust’s role as an advocate for the conservation of Scotland’s heritage, and for access, learning and enjoyment of that heritage.


The Key Purpose of the job will be met by:

  1. Initiating/facilitating the development of new Trust policies through consultation with relevant Trust staff and other experts
  2. Promoting the Trust’s policy agenda and raising the Trust’s profile by building sustainable external relationships and proactively engaging with the Scottish Government, its agencies and other stakeholders and interest groups
  3. Contributing to national policy debate on key heritage issues to further Trust policy objectives
  4. Tracking external policy and legislative developments and drafting submissions/responses such that the Trust’s position on heritage issues is widely known and understood, and is influential in shaping government policy and legislation
  5. Alerting colleagues to relevant policy and administrative developments in their areas
  6. Working closely with internal colleagues to ensure that the Trust’s Principles and policies are understood by all staff and volunteers and embedded into Trust-wide decision-making and work-planning processes.
  7. Undertaking general administrative tasks (such as correspondence, filing, copying, diary management, making practical arrangements for meetings/interviews, taking/distributing meeting notes or actions, collating data and updating databases, and reports to funders) appropriate to the effective delivery of the role.

The current duties of this job do not require a criminal records (Disclosure Scotland) check to be carried out.

Application notes

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to Human Resources Department (Applications),

The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via workforus@nts.org.uk, by first post (i.e. 10.00am) on 30th July 2021. Interviews are likely to be held by online video in early August.

To apply, please visit our website nts.org.uk/volunteering-jobs/job-search