Charity registered in Scotland SC039799

Ramblers Scotland is a charity that represents and promotes the interests of walkers. We aim to promote walking for health and pleasure, secure access for walkers, develop path networks and protect the outdoor environment.

Current vacancies

Convener - Ramblers Scotland Strategic Committee (RSSC)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 9th December 2022

Ramblers Scotland is a registered charity and is the representative body for walkers in Scotland, campaigning to protect the natural beauty of our countryside, promote walking and safeguard public access to land.

The Role

By overseeing our activities in Scotland, you'll be opening up the joys of rambling to the Scottish population. As convener of RSSC you will not only chair this national committee but help shape the future of the organisation and its interests in Scotland and contribute to the wider governance of Ramblers as an ex-officio member of Ramblers GB Board of Trustees.

This is an unpaid role however reasonable expenses are paid for any travel or subsistence required.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Governance and Events Administrator

  • Full time
  • £20,800 – £25,600
  • Edinburgh Office with hybrid home-working options (approx 1-3 days in Edinburgh office each week)
  • Closing 12th September 2021

Join Britain’s biggest walking charity to help more people enjoy the benefits of walking. This is an exciting time to join the Ramblers team and a great opportunity to make a lasting and tangible impact on the future success of the charity.

We’re looking for a Governance & Events Administrator to join our small but committed Scotland team to play a vital role in ensuring that Ramblers Scotland is well governed and well run by supporting the Ramblers Scotland Strategic Committee (the Ramblers Scotland ‘board’) and Scottish Council (our AGM). Highly organised, you will deliver administrative support to the Director for Scotland as well as handling the organisation of Ramblers Scotland events, managing associated online platforms and data. You will have excellent communication skills to be the first point of contact for all external enquiries as well as working effectively with the teams in Scotland, Wales and England. The role will also involve the general running of the small Edinburgh office, handling all office related tasks and systems.

Essential requirements include:

• Organising yourself and manage your time, including juggling competing priorities, whether working in a busy office environment or at home

• Supporting formal decision-making processes by analysing information and presenting clear recommendations with a strong rationale

• Co-ordinating the organisation of major events including all logistical arrangements, and liaising with suppliers and colleagues

• Experience of co-ordinating formal meetings, including using a variety of digital tools such as video-conferencing platforms

• Development and operation of suitable admin systems, including finance and budgeting

• Communicate effectively in person and in writing with a range of audiences internally and externally, including staff at all levels, volunteers, members, and the general public

• Attention to detail including the ability to take accurate minutes and incorporate feedback from multiple sources into a single document.

• Work collaboratively with different teams across an organisation and with volunteers

This vacancy has now closed

Community Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £28,000 – £30,000
  • Hybrid home & office-based role (Flexibility to travel around Scotland)
  • Closing 7th October 2021

Join Britain’s biggest walking charity to help more people enjoy the benefits of walking. This is an exciting time to join the Ramblers team and a great opportunity to make a lasting and tangible impact on the future success of the charity.

Ramblers Scotland is looking for a highly experienced project officer to lead and manage this exciting project which involves working with communities across Scotland who face barriers to participation, to map and promote their local path networks.

This role will form a significant new element of our Mapping Scotland’s Paths (MSP) project, which is creating a digital map of Scotland’s paths. Through the work of volunteers we are now starting to audit the paths and add information, which will help with accessibility for users, such as the surface and gradient of the path and presence of steps.

The successful candidate will reach out to 10 communities across Scotland to recruit and engage volunteers in mapping their local path network on to the database and then to promote the paths within their communities. As well as setting targets, managing volunteers and promoting the project through various media platforms, the role will involve engaging effectively with partner organisations including local authorities and walking groups.

This is an exciting time to join the Ramblers Scotland team and a great opportunity to make a lasting and tangible impact within a range of communities, as part of a wider national initiative.

Essential Requirements include:

  • A strong track record of leading community engagement projects and successfully working with communities who face barriers to participation.
  • Proven experience of managing projects and successfully achieving their outcomes, including strong decision-making capabilities, ability to manage multiple demands and to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in managing volunteers, and also the ability to motivate and inspire volunteers to engage with the project.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability, knowledge and experience to work autonomously within a small team, coordinating the work of self and others to ensure project delivery, including the ability to think creatively to investigate new ways of working as required.
  • Full driving Licence essential (for travel across Scotland when required)
This vacancy has now closed

Vice Convener/ Ordinary Members (Ramblers Scotland Strategic Committee)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh, Perth, or another Central Belt
  • Closing 28th February 2022

We are looking for elected Ramblers Scotland Strategic Committee (RSSC) members from within our membership and also independent co-pted committee members to help deliver the Rambler Scotland’s strategic plan and charitable objectives.

You should be able to:

  • Bring a passion for the outdoors and walking
  • Help shape the future of the organisation, its strategic direction and charitable objectives on walking, access and health matters in Scotland.
  • Contribute to the development of business plan priorities, overseeing achievement of objectives, providing guidance and support to the Convener, Director and staff.
  • Support fundraising and advocacy work

We are particularly interested at present in candidates with professional/voluntary or lived experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Law or formal organisational constitutions/procedures
  • Access or Conservation

Duties list

You will:

  • Work with other RSSC members to provide leadership and strategic direction to the organisation
  • Ensure activities in Scotland are in line with our charitable objectives
  • Ensure that Ramblers Scotland is effectively run and meets the charity’s legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that members, co-opted members, volunteers and staff work effectively together toward the charitable objectives of the organisation
  • Be an ambassador for Ramblers Scotland representing the organisation effectively to internal and external audiences
  • Make effective use of your networks and connections to help promote Ramblers Scotland’s work and activities
  • Take a role on specialist sub-committees or working groups as required

About you

Committee members should have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Experience of operating at a strategic level in an organisation
  • Governance and trustees responsibilities and the operation of committee procedures
  • Knowledge and experience in the following areas
    • Financial management
    • Human resource management
    • Fundraising
    • Walking, walk leadership
    • Relevant legal issues and Access rights
    • Public health
    • Equalities issues including diversity and disability awareness
    • Mapping and walking route development
    • Policy Development

The RSSC particularly encourages applications from applicants with a lived experience of black, Asian, minoritised ethnic, and LGBTQ+ communities to help us think through the strategic challenges for Ramblers Scotland, and how we can become more welcoming to everyone. These experiences are currently under-represented on the committee.

About Ramblers

Ramblers Scotland is the representative body for walkers in Scotland. For over 75 years we have been campaigning to protect the natural beauty of our countryside, promote walking and safeguard public access to land.

Time Commitment:

Meetings are held five times throughout the year, usually in February, May, August, and November, with an additional meeting at Scottish Council (our AGM and related events) annually in March. These meetings are usually held in Edinburgh, Perth, or another Central Belt location. Attendance at all meetings is expected, but there is an option to join via video conference if the travel makes the location unreachable. Members who volunteer join any sub-committees set up from time to time, will be required to attend additional meetings dictated by the nature of the sub-committee. This is a voluntary role but travel and related expenses will be paid.

Members are expected to prepare for meetings by reading the papers they are sent, attend meetings regularly (in person or online), and participate in discussions and the decision-making process.