After 23 years in post, RFUK’s Executive Director, Simon Counsell, is standing down. During his tenure, RFUK has grown much, and is now recognised as a leading force in the protection of tropical forests and their inhabitants, particularly in the Congo Basin region of Africa. As well as delivering high quality on-the-ground practical projects, often in difficult conditions, the organisation is also known for its advocacy work, which often challenges prevailing paradigms.

We are looking for someone of exceptional leadership qualities, who can bring not only a strategic vision, but also the ability to translate that into both high quality practical programmes and effective advocacy work. They will need to demonstrate an ability to inspire and motivate a team of highly dedicated and expert staff. For the right candidate, this post will be both challenging and enormously rewarding, with the potential to develop and shape an already well-respected organisation into an even stronger force.

Role: Executive Director (ED), full-time

Reporting to: Chair, Board of Trustees and external donors
Responsible for: Senior Management Team (5 x direct reports) and c.20 indirect reports
Location: London
Salary: c£75,000 + benefits

For the full job specification, please click here and to apply please download and fill in this application form.
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MAPPING (GIS) VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP: Mapping forest cover changes in Central Africa using Google Earth Engine and machine learning

Duration and hours: 3-6 months, days and hours of placement to be agreed
Reporting to: Mapping Coordinator, Mapping and Monitoring Programme
Location: RFUK's office (North London) or remote
Start date: 15 September
Deadline to apply: 31 August

We are looking for a volunteer intern to join our Mapping Team for a period of 3-6 months and support RFUK’s work in the field of GIS. The role would be suitable for undergraduate students and executed in conjunction with University studies, with ability to work remotely and meet regularly at our premises in North London.

If you are an enthusiastic team player with the ability to work independently, background in earth observation and satellite image processing, experience with Python and JS we would love to hear from you.

We are using Google Earth Engine and data from Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 to test and validate recent forest cover changes for monitoring purposes in Central Africa Working.

For a full description please read here.

To apply, please complete an application form and email to with the job title in the subject line.

*RFUK is an equal opportunities employer and makes no discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, age, physical abilities, religious or sexual persuasion.