Are you wild, collaborative and resourceful - and looking for a new challenge?

Are you a brilliant community manager, comms person or blogger? Do you know your #WildTime from your wilderness? Own a shelf of Richard Louv or Robert Macfarlane books? Better still, have them all on Kindle? Do you have nature apps alongside your old school maps? And maybe Lenore Skenazy has a point, rather than being labelled America's Worst Mom

Drive passion and energy in our community

We’re looking for someone to tell the stories that emerge from people and communities. You’ll help develop the desire for Wild Time from our community and beyond – to drive awareness of the issues that prevent kids from roaming free. You’ll be as comfortable designing memes are you are spotting a story on Twitter, or working with bloggers and vloggers. You will also work on outreach for our feature length documentary film: Project Wild Thing.

We are a community of thousands of organisations and individuals who are seeking to rewild childhood. Our approach is entrepreneurial; our values are wild, collaborative and resourceful.

At the heart of the network is our amazing (and growing) community of parents, teachers, grandparents and carers, looking for the tools, inspiration, community, knowledge and support to help them, their families, schools and communities to be more wild. We also have a coalition of organisations spanning play, conservation, education and health who are building projects and programmes to get kids outdoors. The Wild Network acts as the bridge between these two groups seeking new ways to engage audiences in the issues and new propositions that match wild supply with demand.

We need someone able to take our reach and growth to the next stage. Someone who understands the link between education, play, conservation and health, who knows how to engage our audience - and build a new one. Someone who believes that kids have a right to play wild and roam free.

Main responsibilities

Digital media & communications

  • Source engaging content from around the community, ensuring that we explore the issues affecting Wild Time in new ways and through different lenses. Get out and about in our community with partners to discover and create compelling content.
  • Create exciting and intriguing stories, through video/vlog content, animation and short edits to engage the community.
  • Capture the imagination of the press and media to grow awareness of the Network and our mission, through effective PR coverage, making the most of media contacts.
  • Manage and grow our social media accounts and digital presence, through curating and creating content.
  • Produce and manage the Wild Network monthly e-Newsletter & admin of it.
  • Utilise the website platform to maximum effect, developing and updating content – blogs, films etc.
  • Support the on-going functional development of our web platform.
  • Develop a blogging network, with potential for advocates and/or ambassadors to manage certain areas (if required).
  • Consistently gather insights from our own community and other external sources to inform future communication and growth strategy. Benchmark and monitor sentiment and response.
  • Support the Chief Wild Officer and Partnerships Manager with project-specific support, from communications planning, to implementation where necessary.

Project Wild Thing film promotion

  • Manage the film screening requests and continue to grow the market for these within the community.
  • Develop new community screening opportunities to help our income from screenings, where possible – eg group screenings and/or large agreements.
  • Handle the associated administration and record keeping of film screenings.
  • Develop case studies for the film and Network where possible – eg overseas screenings and national TV broadcast.

Desired Skills and experience

  • A genuine passion to get kids outside and an affinity for nature and its benefits for wellbeing and childhood.
  • Understand the power of using digital campaigning to drive behaviour change, with the ability to demonstrate experience in this area, including social monitoring tools.
  • Good eye for content – constantly seeking opportunities for deeper engagement, with strong written skills.
  • Proven design skills are essential, although we aren’t precious about which platform/tools you use.
  • Confident video/vlogging experience and animation would be great but isn’t a deal breaker.
  • Good working knowledge of CMS system(s) an advantage – HTML would be very useful, but is not essential.
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful – budgets are tight and ingenuity is paramount!
  • Self-starter, able to work entrepreneurially as part of a networked team, with an eye for detail and excellent organisational skills.

How we work & how to apply

The Wild Network is a networked organisation based in the UK, therefore you must have the right to live and work here without restriction. We work remotely; using digital programmes to enable connected working. There will be occasional travel requirements to London and/or other UK locations. 

This is a six-month freelance contract, based on 2-3 days week from February 2016, with a view to becoming a long-term post subject to unlocking future projects. Deadline for applications is Sunday 24 Jan and interviews will be the first week of February (probably on Skype). 

To apply: Send Natalie, our Wild Time Partnerships Manager, an email telling her why you think kids need more Wild Time and what you can do about it, to: hello@thewildnetwork.com


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