Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scottish Wildlife Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC005792

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a membership-based registered charity with the aim of advancing the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations.


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Top job! Head of Human Resources & Support Services

  • Full time
  • Circa £36,000
  • Leith, Edinburgh/ Home based due to COVID-19
  • Closing 21st May 2021

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Role:

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Human Resources & Support Services, based in Edinburgh. This pivotal role combines high quality strategic and operational leadership, working collaboratively with senior staff, line managers and colleagues across the organisation.

This is a highly rewarding position for a hard-working, resilient and high-achieving individual able to demonstrate experience and success at this level. Here, you will bring a professional and empathetic style of leadership that can influence and support our vision and core values of working towards high impact, continuous improvement, and the wellbeing of our already engaged and committed people.

You will lead the development and delivery of our range of people strategies and legislative solutions, whilst ensuring efficient and effective support services are in place. As line manager to the already established HR & Support Services team, you will manage and participate in the delivery and compliance of our HR and employment policies, payroll and benefits processes, and learning and development functions, along with all office and administration support services.

Key successes in the role will be:

  • Building strong working relationships at all levels to influence and engage staff
  • Maintaining and building on the already strong and positive culture within the Trust
  • Providing strategic direction on all aspects of HR and organisational development
  • Ensuring compliance with employment law and providing guidance as necessary
  • Ensuring a range of policies, procedures and guidance which support the delivery of the Trust’s vision
  • Effective delivery, with the support of your team, of organisational support including administration and premises management

The successful candidate will have a professional CIPD qualification with significant HR experience, preferably in the non-for-profit sector. You will have experience in providing strategic and operational HR advice and support a range of stakeholders. You will have an excellent working knowledge of current employment legislation, and additionally, you will have previous experience of managing and developing a small team to ensure effective and collaborative working. Proven experience in leading successful cross-organisation improvements would be advantageous, as would a track record of developing and delivering progressive people strategies. You should demonstrate a commitment to achieving our vision for wildlife and people.

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Reserves Manager (East Central Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £26,842
  • East Central Scotland (Fife, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire)
  • Closing 2nd July 2021

Location: A combination of home working, Leith Edinburgh and Jupiter Grangemouth (the successful candidate with be expected to be living close to one or other of these two locations).

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Role:

We have a rare opportunity to recruit a new Reserves Manager to lead on the conservation management of nineteen wildlife reserves in the counties of Fife, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire, including managing three staff and the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre

The successful candidate will co-ordinate all practical habitat conservation work, including designing and delivering externally funded projects to be implemented by volunteers and contractors. This will involve working closely with statutory bodies, partner organisations, landowners, Scottish Wildlife Trust members, and the public.

A key role is to advise other Trust staff on the management of species rich grasslands; With a view to demonstrating innovative and pioneering habitat management. The post will be primarily home working, but the successful candidate will be expected to work from the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre for part of the year and occasionally visit the Trusts Leith office in Edinburgh.

You must be qualified to degree level or equivalent in countryside management, grassland ecology or similar discipline and be able to demonstrate your achievements and extensive experience in practical conservation management and species monitoring across a range of habitats.

The successful applicant will have excellent knowledge of conservation/land management issues, have strong project management skills and be able to operate as a lone worker and as part of a team. A current UK driving licence is essential, as is a willingness to undertake travel, overnight stays and occasional weekend working.

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Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st December 2021

Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity is looking to co-opt a trustee with experience in financial and/or investment management, in order to reinforce its governing body’s knowledge and expertise.

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

We recognise that our work will benefit hugely from increasing equality, diversity and inclusion across all our activities, especially as we want everyone to reconnect with nature and be part of the effort to reverse the loss of biodiversity. Nature conservation has never been more important and this is an exceptional opportunity to join a vibrant and committed board of trustees (“Council”), which provides the governance function for the charity. Most members of Council are directly elected by the membership but this will be a co-opted position.

The successful candidate will:

· Ideally have experience in financial or investment management.

· Ideally have the ability to think strategically and differentiate between strategy and operations.

· Ideally have the ability to influence fellow trustees and senior management.

· Ideally have a strong personal commitment to environmental issues.

· Ideally have lived experience of equality, diversity and inclusion issues.

The post is without remuneration but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may be reclaimed. We will support and help to develop individuals without previous trustee experience.

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Falls of Clyde Seasonal Ranger

  • Full time
  • £17,290 – £17,920
  • New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 17th January 2022

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and skilled person to work alongside the Falls of Clyde team at the popular Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve.

This fantastic role requires good organisational skills, along with a flexible mindset. You will be responsible for organising work programs for yourself and a small team of volunteers. This role is suited to individuals who are intuitive and can think outside of the box. The nature of the work includes being present outdoors, in our beautiful location in South Lanarkshire.

Main duties will include patrolling the wildlife reserve, delivering public events, undertaking practical conservation work, and carrying out biological recording.

The successful candidate will:

  • Patrol the wildlife reserve and promote site safety to visitors of the site
  • Undertake a wide range of practical conservation tasks
  • Work with and support our team of volunteers
  • Lead guided walks and public events, such as badger watches.
  • Deliver our Dipper Watch public engagement events throughout the summer
  • Carry out biological recording
  • Help run environmental education activities for school groups and the public
  • Actively recruit members to the Scottish Wildlife Trust

NB: The work pattern for the role is Saturday to Wednesday and will include evening working (usually once a week).

This post is eligible for a Disclosure Scotland check and membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

For further details, please download the role description and person specification below.

If you would like more information, please phone 0131 312 4718 or email bruba@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Jupiter Seasonal Ranger

  • Part time
  • £17,290 – £17,920 pro-rata
  • Jupiter Urban Wildlife Garden, Grangemouth
  • Closing 17th January 2022

The Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is an urban nature reserve with an emphasis on environmental education and habitat creation. Based in the onsite office, we are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and skilled person, whose duties will include to:

  • Organise and lead environmental education activities
  • Work with and support our team of volunteers
  • Lead guided walks and public events
  • Carry out biological recording
  • Undertake practical conservation tasks
  • Assist with the maintenance of the Jupiter Centre

This role is pivotal in the work that we set out to do at our incredible location in Grangemouth. The Seasonal Ranger will work with the full-time Falkirk Reserves Ranger to run the Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, providing environmental education, site management and public events. The Seasonal Ranger will support the planning and delivery of a successful programme of community engagement at Jupiter, delivering educational workshops to schools and groups, varied public events and regular practical volunteer sessions.

Some activities may also take place on other nearby wildlife reserves.

This post is eligible for a Disclosure Scotland check and membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

For further details, please download the role description and person specification below.

If you would like more information, please phone 0131 312 4718 or email bruba@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Conservation Finance Network Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £23,000 – £24,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh office with flexibility offered for remote working
  • Closing 15th February 2022

Do you want to #HelpNatureHelpUs? An outstanding opportunity for a highly passionate and skilled individual to work for Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity. We are searching for like-minded individuals to join us in our journey to pursue a vision of healthy resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. This role is an opportunity to engage with a diverse group of individuals taking positive action to support investment in nature. Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now!

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital brings together public, private and voluntary sector organisations in order to protect and rebuild Scotland’s natural capital. The Scottish Wildlife Trust was a founding member and provides the secretariat function for the Forum.

The Scottish Conservation Finance Pioneers is a subgroup of the Forum which brings together anyone with an interest in conservation finance in Scotland.

The Role:

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to help support the Scottish Wildlife Trust and its partners work to improve the impact, traction and reach of conservation finance activity in Scotland. This is a new and exciting area with rapidly growing interest within conservation, finance, business, academia and government.

You should be keen to take on a challenge and prepared to quickly get up to speed with this interesting work area.

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Peatland Code Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,000
  • Remote working. Some travel will be required.
  • Closing 4th April 2022

There is a unique opportunity to join the IUCN UK Peatland Programme team, supporting the Peatland Code – an innovative carbon finance mechanism attracting private finance towards peatland restoration. Applications from suitable candidates are welcome.

The successful candidates will be employed by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s host organisation, currently Scottish Wildlife Trust, or they can join the programme through a well-managed secondment scheme. The new team member will be pivotal in the delivery of the Peatland Programme’s objectives to champion peatland values. They will have the level of knowledge and experience to drive forward and promote peatland restoration in the UK and be able to advocate the multiple benefits of peatlands through partnerships, strong science, sound policy and effective practice, and communication.

This role is part funded by Peatland ACTION and the postholder will be expected to liaise with the Peatland ACTION team to develop joint projects.

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Head of Major Projects

  • Full time
  • £37,900
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th April 2022

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The role:

Working closely with the Senior Management Team, Programme Managers and Reserve Managers you will manage the operations under your guidance to an exceptionally high standard to ensure the success and maximum impact of the work that we do. You will play a key role in catalysing large-scale change to restore ecosystems and supporting the Trust to directly contribute to nature’s recovery.

As a key point of contact, you will set and monitor clear objectives and key milestones. You will manage relationships with partners, monitor success points and provide progress reports, proactively solving any issues as they arise. It will also be your responsibility to identify opportunities to promote and increase partner involvement.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of achievement in project and team management, ideally with direct experience of conservation project management. A passion for the environment and an understanding of related policy issues is expected. A good basic understanding of the Trust’s work and how it relates to nature conservation endeavours and challenges throughout Scotland and the UK would be desirable.

Strong management and project management skills are beneficial, and you must have a proven track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • A demonstrable track record of developing and delivering conservation projects
  • Proven experience in staff and people management to achieve collective goals
  • Good knowledge of land management for conservation including landscape restoration planning and delivery
  • Proficiency in project budget management
  • Experience with ecological monitoring design and implementation
  • Conservation and land management knowledge with issues specific to Scotland
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Programme Manager – Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (Transition Project)

  • Full time
  • Circa £32,000
  • Home Based or Harbourside House, Leith
  • Closing 11th April 2022

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. We are proud to have the support of over 42,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 23 Local (volunteer led) Groups.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

The Role:

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a project to deliver the essential protection measures required to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland and to ensure that systems are put in place to continue the delivery of these measures over the long term by working with other agencies with a stake in native species conservation and invasive non-native species management.

SSRS focuses upon one of our most charismatic and well-loved mammals – the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). Once widespread, red squirrels have undergone a catastrophic population decline primarily due to competition from the non-native invasive, American grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). SSRS was formed to reverse this decline and create the conditions for this mammal to thrive in future, working with communities of volunteers and land managers, empowering them to take ownership of their role in its conservation.

The successful candidate will ideally lead on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project to:

  • Maintain red squirrel populations that are protected from the threat of replacement by grey squirrels and from squirrelpox disease across the Highlands, Grampian, Argyll, northern Tayside and Stirling and large areas of southern Scotland and the Central Lowlands.
  • Support community volunteer networks and land managers to engage actively in red squirrel protection and monitoring.
  • Work with other agencies to develop a permanent strategic means of co-ordinating and delivering the grey squirrel control elements of the Scottish Strategy for Red Squirrel Conservation (2015), moving away from the current dependency on short-term project funding rounds.

Main Duties:

Staff Management:

  • Lead and support the team of SSRS Conservation Officers, Grey Squirrel Officers and a Data Officer to deliver all aspects of the Project appropriate to their region, in accordance with the SSRS Phase 5 Project Plan.
  • Responsible for line management of seven direct reports, including daily support, regular goal-setting and appraisal, and oversee the line management Grey Squirrel Officers / Monitoring Officers.Liaise with the relevant Scottish Wildlife Trust Team Leads to guide the activities of the SSRS Data Officer, the SSRS Communications & Engagement Officer and the SSRS Advocacy Officer.

Project Management

  • Co-ordinate the delivery of strategic grey squirrel control across all project regions.
  • Oversee the and delivery of community engagement and oversee the promotion of ongoing public recording of squirrel distribution in key areas and across Scotland.
  • Oversee the consolidation of community capacity-building and volunteer contribution across Scotland.
  • Collaborate with key members of the SSRS team to develop strategy for volunteer-mediated monitoring and response for the North East eradication programme.
  • Collaborate with other agencies regarding SSRS Phase 5 project end
  • Provide knowledge support and training to the Project Team and ensure the flow of good practice developments between regions.
  • Produce regular standardised reports on project progress for the Trust, SSRS Partners and funders with assistance of the Data Officer, together with updates for national and regional advisory groups, and wider project stakeholders.

The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Be educated to higher degree level in a related discipline (biological conservation or conservation) or have proven experience in a similar role
  • Substantial experience or qualification within a project management or staff management role
  • Be able to lead, support and motivate individuals to deliver complex projects in a timely manner
  • The ability to be hands-on and manage conflict and achieve satisfactory resolutions
  • Have extensive knowledge of red squirrel ecology and conservation projects and programmes
  • Be proficient analysis of data, evaluation and reporting at a senior level.
  • Have financial control proficiency regarding projects and experience in reporting to key stakeholders such as funders and partners.
  • Be proficient in interpreting data to a high standard to ensure best practice regarding decision making and target setting
  • Have a working knowledge of mammal population and mammalian invasive species management.
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PR & Communications Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £30,000
  • Harbourside House, Leith (flexible with option of hybrid home working)
  • Closing 19th July 2022

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.

The Role:

To ensure the Scottish Wildlife Trust achieves a high and positive public profile, effectively engaging with all its target audiences through high quality communications and having an increasingly engaged supporter base in pursuit of the Trust’s vision.

Main Objectives:

· To lead on all media work including handling all incoming media enquiries; proactively seeking media stories from across the Trust; writing and issuing press releases; and maintaining a press contacts database.

· To support the development and implementation of an annual communications plan.

· To manage the Trust’s main social media accounts and activity.

· To maintain a strategic calendar of notable events to inform the Trust’s communications.

· To act as the News Editor for Scottish Wildlife magazine and support the development of new communications projects such as the Nature Recovery Showcase.

The successful candidate will ideally:

· Have a relevant degree or equivalent experience in a similar role

· Proven experience in a media and PR-related role

· Have the ability to manage a team to achieve collective goals

· Demonstrable track record of proactively generating print, broadcast and online media coverage on a range of topics

· Experience of handling media enquiries, managing social media and producing press releases for approval by multiple contributors.

· Be able to prioritise and deliver tasks in a timely manner

· Experience of using website Content Management Systems

· Be proficient in Project and budget management

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Conservation Committee Member (x2)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st August 2022

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.

What we are looking for:

If you would like to play a role in achieving the Trust’s vision of a network of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas, we would love to hear from you. For further details, please see the full role description for the position of Conservation Committee Member.

We recognise that our work will benefit hugely from increasing equality, diversity and inclusion across all our activities, especially as we want everyone to reconnect with nature and be part of the effort to reverse the loss of biodiversity. Nature conservation has never been more important and this is an exceptional opportunity to join an experienced and dedicated Committee, which acts as a vital advisory body to the board of trustees (“Council”).

The Committee meets four times a year. The post is without remuneration but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may be reclaimed. We will support and help to develop individuals without previous experience of Committees.

Members of the Committee must be members of Scottish Wildlife Trust, though if this is a financial barrier to anyone applying please contact us to discuss.

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Fundraising Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,000 – £27,500
  • Harbourside House, Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th August 2022

About us:

For over 50 years, the pioneering Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.

The Role:

Sitting within the Individual Giving team, the Fundraising Officer will maintain and develop income from a range of sources including in memory, community fundraising and legacies, whilst having a strong focus on increasing income from digital campaigns.

Main Objectives Include:

Digital fundraising

  • Lead on delivery of digital membership recruitment activities: planning, adapting and implementing a programme of targeted campaigns throughout the year and establishing mechanisms to track responses and return-on-investment
  • Oversee digital fundraising activities, including PPC, Google Ads, SEO and retargeting.

Supporter engagement

  • Contribute to the development of effective supporter engagement and giving journeys and deliver them across communication channels and in alignment with wider Trust communications. Consider approaches which might address any identified barriers to engagement.

Corporate Partners

  • Support and develop our Investors in Wildlife (corporate membership) Programme – acting as first point of contact for enquiries, follow-up discussions (liaising where appropriate with the wider staff e.g. to facilitate corporate volunteering), and ongoing stewardship including annual renewals.

Legacy Marketing and Legacy Pledger Stewardship

  • Undertake legacy marketing across a range of communication channels including direct mail, print advertising and digital. o Lead on provision of stewardship to known legacy pledgers including organisation of an annual reception.
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