Association For The Protection Of Rural Scotland
Association For The Protection Of Rural Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC016139

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) is the leading voice for all of Scotland’s rural landscapes, working to tackle the climate emergency and to promote sustainable land use for both people and nature. We empower local communities, promote effective planning systems, champion sustainable rural development and raise awareness of the vital social and economic benefits of Scotland’s rural landscapes. We do this through education, community engagement, innovative projects, high-level advocacy and partnership working. APRS currently runs three projects: • The APRS Green Belts Alliance, which campaigns for stronger protection for Green Belts around Scotland’s towns and cities and supports local action groups • The Scottish National Parks Strategy Project , which successfully campaigned for more National Parks in Scotland • The Have You Got The Bottle? campaign, which successfully persuaded the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers APRS is a registered Scottish charity, No SC016139.

Current vacancies

Top job! Director

  • Part time
  • £42,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh/working from home
  • Closing 3rd June 2022

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) is the charity which promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes. APRS is a registered charity, No SC016139. Further information about the work of APRS is at

Our current Director John Mayhew retires at the end of 2022, so we plan to appoint a new Director by August to allow sufficient time for a handover period, probably during November. This will be an exciting time to lead this dynamic organisation, as there is great potential both to build on its recent successes and to grasp new opportunities.


The Director leads and manages all aspects of the work of APRS on behalf of its Executive Committee. Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and delivery of the APRS business strategy, including developing and raising funds for new projects and managing existing projects and core activities
  • Influence key public sector decision-makers and partners through policy development and advocacy with respect to Scotland’s rural landscapes
  • Lead, manage and develop a small team of staff and volunteers
  • Manage the charity’s governance, budget and resources
  • Respond to requests for advice from APRS members and others on protecting their local landscapes through the planning system and other means

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding and experience of Scotland’s political, landscape and planning systems. Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute is highly desirable; a background in communications, landscape architecture or public affairs is also advantageous. They will have experience of working with politicians and senior government officials to achieve positive policy change, of developing and delivering successful projects and of managing small staff teams. Candidates should display a high level of communications and presentation skills, and a proven ability to deal diplomatically with strongly held opposing views.