Trees For Life
Trees For Life

Charity registered in Scotland SC021303

We are a conservation charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. We have established 44 tree planting sites and planted nearly two million trees.

Current vacancies

Education & Experience Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,452
  • Dundreggan Rewilding Centre
  • Closing 3rd October 2022

The Trees for Life vision is of a revitalised wild forest in the Scottish Highlands, providing space for wildlife to flourish and communities to thrive. The Trees for Life mission is to rewild the Scottish Highlands by enabling the restoration of the globally unique Caledonian Forest which once covered much of Scotland. Integral to our success is the involvement of people.

Dundreggan

Dundreggan is a 10,000-acre estate in Glenmoriston between Loch Ness and Skye. Since 2008, the estate has been transformed into one of the best examples of forest restoration in Scotland. It includes a ground-breaking tree nursery and is where many volunteers come to take part in rewilding projects.

Dundreggan Rewilding Centre

A Rewilding Centre is being developed at Dundreggan. It will include an innovative visitor experience and education centre, including a café, events and educational facilities. The Rewilding Centre will be an inspiring location where visitors of all ages, interests and backgrounds can explore the natural, Gaelic and cultural heritage of the Highlands and be inspired and educated about rewilding and the restoration of the Caledonian Forest.

Our Values

Our values are at the core of our mission to rewild the Scottish Highlands, informing decisions large and small from the day-to-day running of our office to major conservation projects. We have shared these values so that our supporters, volunteers and partners can gain a deeper understanding of what drives Trees for Life.

We are groundbreaking

We are an ambitious charity with a big mission. For over 25 years we have sought to bring innovation to conservation, and we continue to strive for new and ground-breaking ways to rewild the Scottish Highlands.

We are collaborative

We are an open, friendly and cooperative organisation. We welcome and encourage collaborative working with other organisations, landowners and the wider community. We believe we can always achieve more through teamwork.

We are pragmatic

We seek prudent, sustainable solutions in everything we do. We are always mindful of our duty to our supporters, our volunteers, our staff and above all to Scotland’s wild forest. Seeking a pragmatic approach safeguards our organisation and the work we undertake.

Overall Purpose of the Job

To support the Education Manager in ensuring anyone visiting the Rewilding Centre, for whatever purpose, has a memorable experience and also leaves knowing and understanding more about rewilding, the heritage of the Scottish Highlands and especially the restorative journeys of the region's Gaelic heritage and unique Caledonian Forest.

Key Liaisons

Rewilding Centre Education Manager, Director and wider Centre team, Dundreggan Operations Manager, Dundreggan Estate & Nursery team, wider Trees for Life team, tour company representatives, external contractors, external suppliers.

Scope, Accountability and Resources

This role focuses on the development and delivery of the educational elements of the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, including both formal education with academic institutions and more informal education with visiting groups and individuals.

It is accountable for assisting the Education Manager in ensuring high quality educational activities are developed and promoted and that the facilities available at the centre are optimally used by as diverse a range of schools, universities, interest and community groups as appropriate. A special aspect of this role is ensuring that education of the natural heritage is closely integrated with the Gaelic culture of the area.

Resources: The postholder will work initially with the Education Manager and then with a larger team from early 2023 to assist with planning and delivery of activities, education and events, and some administrative tasks. The team will have a range of equipment to help deliver these activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting the Education Manager in the development and delivery of formal and informal training, skills development, and education and awareness programmes with a diverse range of people of all ages and abilities
  • Assist with the promotion of programmes at the centre
  • Monitor, and gather feedback about, the interpretation and activity programmes to assist with adaptations, updates and reporting to funders
  • Assist the Education Manager with bookings and visits, including preparing itineraries,staffing, and preparing resources
  • Assist with training support and supervision of new staff, trainees, volunteers and contractors
  • Be an active member of the wider Trees for Life team, willing to learn from and share knowledge with colleagues
  • Communicate with visitors as a representative of Trees for Life, ensuring our messaging and core values are reflected
  • Support the Education Manager as necessary

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be passionate about rewilding, and experienced in delivering outdoor learning at different levels to varied audiences. They will have a practical and flexible approach, able to respond to changing conditions in a fast-paced environment, be able to manage and prioritise a varied workload, and be comfortable working outdoors in all conditions.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of developing and delivering formal and informal nature-based and outdoor learning with varied groups
  • Experience of the logistics of both day and residential visits
  • Familiarity with the Curriculum for Excellence, Learning for Sustainability Scotland and other curricula of the UK and overseas
  • Knowledge of Scottish Highland ecology and environment
  • Summer Mountain Leader qualification (or Winter ML, IML etc) desirable
  • Qualifications in, or knowledge of the following are an advantage: Gaelic language, British Sign Language, Forest School, bushcraft or Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT)

Skills & Competencies

  • Developing formal and informal educational programmes for a range of audiences
  • Event organisation and logistics
  • An effective communicator able to tailor activities and information to different audiences
  • Good attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Organised, with good administrative skills
  • Problem solver

Personal Attributes

  • Must be committed to the ethos and values of Trees for Life
  • Support for Gaelic language and cultural heritage is essential
  • Passionate about nature, rewilding and reconnecting people with the natural world
  • Pragmatic
  • Energetic
  • Collaborative, works well with others
  • Cheerful and approachable
  • Solution-minded

Working conditions/ Special demands

  • Be flexible to operational needs - regular evening and weekend work will be required
  • Be willing to undertake training where necessary
  • Most work will be undertaken at Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, but travel to work at sites,
  • events and educational institutions across the Highlands or occasionally further afield may
  • be required
  • This role be subject to a PVG Disclosure Check due to working activities including ( but not limited to), supervising and working with children and vulnerable adults. Criminal record checks will be made in line with our Safeguarding, Equality and Ex offenders Policy.

Reporting to: Education Manager

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Top job! Head of Rewilding Activities

  • Full time
  • £37,996
  • Based across Dundreggan and Findhorn/ Home working
  • Closing 5th April 2021

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and focused Head of Rewilding Activities to lead our conservation and tree nursery team based at Dundreggan. The post holder will be a senior manager, combining knowledge and experience of ecology, conservation and project management, with the skills and behaviours to model and share our values and ethos with the team and wider community.

The role will oversee the management, and rewilding of our 10,000 acre estate Dundreggan, west of Loch Ness, and ongoing forest restoration work across the Highlands at both private and public land, alongside our established conservation volunteering programme.

The role is also responsible for the delivery of a range of time-limited, externally funded activities, currently including: The Reds Return- a squirrel translocation project, Skills for Rewilding Traineeships and the Caledonian Pinewood Recovery project.

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Digital Marketing Trainee

  • Full time
  • £8,454
  • Based across Dundreggan and Findhorn/ Home working
  • Closing 29th March 2021

As part of our Skills for Rewilding traineeship programme we are looking to recruit a creative person who is passionate about Scotland’s wild places. Someone who is interested in developing digital marketing skills, that they can use to inspire people to either actively engage with the natural world, or support action to restore it so wildlife can flourish and communities can thrive.

This is an entry level traineeship, so it would be ideal for someone starting out on a career in fundraising/marketing/online communications. No qualifications are required to apply for this position. During the course of the 12-month traineeship the participant will work towards a Digital Marketing qualification supported by the Virtual Learning Academy.

Candidates should be –

Interested in rewilding and environmental conservation

Motivated and organised

Able to work independently

Good at communicating

Competent at writing

Proactive in seeking out opportunities

Flexible (happy to help with whatever needs doing)

Willing to participate in practical conservation work in potentially cold/hot, wet or midge conditions

Traineeship experience and learning

Creating social media and web site content

Understanding audiences

Writing blogs

Digital marketing metrics and analytics

Using collaborative technologies

Evaluation techniques

Design, implementation and evaluation of campaigns

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Trustees / Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Ideally, candidates will be based in Scotland, preferably the Highlands.
  • Closing 7th June 2021

Trees for Life is an award winning conservation charity with big ambitions!

We are looking to recruit new trustees in 2021, to join our current team of innovative and pragmatic board members.

Your skills and experience will enable us to ensure that our new strategy is implemented effectively and the charity is properly governed.

If you have the skills, experience and time to commit to this role, then we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking to appoint board members based on their experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Charity Fundraising
  • Tourism
  • Human Resources
  • Community Development and Engagement

We are also looking to diversify the Board and we would be very interested in applicants who are:

  • Gaelic speakers
  • Women
  • From BME or under-represented groups

Applications are particularly welcome from those aged 18-45 to increase the age diversity of the board and reflect the community in which we work. Successful candidates will have a passion for conservation and be aligned with the values and ethos of the organisation. Your ability to support strategic direction will be important, as will your desire to act as an ambassador for Trees for Life.

Ideally, candidates will be based in Scotland, preferably the Highlands.

The core duties a board member includes:

  • Attending and participating in four board meetings and an AGM over a twelve month period
  • Attending and participating in occasional sub-board committee meetings for your area of specialism
  • Occasional Ad hoc duties
  • All meetings are currently held online due to covid restrictions, this may change in the future and all travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Board members are also expected to actively contribute to the delivery of Trees for Life’s strategy. Each members’ contribution depends on their skills, experience and external network

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Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

  • Part time
  • £24,651 pro-rata
  • Based from our Findhorn office and home working ( Hybrid approach)
  • Closing 21st June 2021

We are recruiting for a dynamic, professional and effective organiser to provide high level assistance to our Chief Executive Officer, the senior management team and Board of Trustees.

Company Secretary and Governance duties are a key responsibility for the role and requires a versatile, assertive and discrete individual.

The role is also responsible for running our Findhorn office and overseeing administrative facilities.

The role will be based at our Findhorn office and can be performed from home due to current covid restrictions.

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Top job! Head of Finance and Resources

  • Full time
  • £38,763
  • Findhorn
  • Closing 1st November 2021

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Finance and Resources will be accountable for highly effective and best practice financial controls, reporting, processes and systems to support all areas of Trees for Life as the organisation grows.

The postholder will actively contribute to the strategic and operational goals of the department and wider organisation. Together with the wider finance team, ensure the timely and accurate production of statutory and management accounts, forecasting and planning, resource management and a strong financial control environment. Managing and developing the finance and resources team in line with Trees for Life standards and expectations, encouraging a culture of continuous improvement for employees.

The role will be based out of our Findhorn office and we offer employees a hybrid approach to working, being able to work from the comfort of home and one our beautiful locations in the Highlands and Moray. For more information on how we work at Trees for Life, please see our benefits brochure here.

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Top job! Dundreggan Rewilding Centre Director ( Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £38,763
  • Based at Invermoriston and Homeworking
  • Closing 10th January 2022

A unique and one off opportunity has arisen to work on the development of our flagship Dundreggan Rewilding Centre as the Centre Director. This is a fixed term role ( maternity cover) for 12 months, with the possibility of a 2-3 month extension subject to conditions.

We are welcoming applications from those wanting to join the team as an employee, with consideration for those who are self employed contractors. The successful candidate will be based within travelling distance to Dundreggan and initially be working at site one day a week, with this increasing to 3-5 days a week as building work draws to a close. Flexibility and a driving license are essential for this position.

Based in one of the Highland’s most beautiful landscapes, the successful candidate will be working towards implementation of a pre-existing work plan to ensure the smooth opening of the

Rewilding Centre, a £6million project which is the next stage of the charity's ambitious plans. You will have a background in tourism and ideally, nature based tourism, demonstrating the ability to draw in audiences, develop activities and schedules with the centres Education Manager and also recruit a team of staff who also share our vision.

A large part of this position involves managing key external relationships, including funding organisations who support the capital and operational expenditures of the Rewilding Centre. These may include the National Lottery Heritage Fund or the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, led by NatureScot and part funded through the European Regional Development Fund, which both provide funds for the Centre Director role.

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Dundreggan Rewilding Centre - Marketing Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,219
  • Dundreggan (hybrid working model)
  • Closing 17th April 2022

Trees for Life are one of Scotland’s leading rewilding conservation organisations, working to welcome a larger, and more diverse audience to Dundreggan, our flagship rewilding estate based in the Scottish Highlands. We are developing an exciting new project to make this happen, and in 2023, the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will be open to welcome visitors and share the history of this area is steeped in gaelic culture, history and of course shares our rewilding message.

As building work is now successfully under way, we are looking to recruit a Marketing Manager with demonstrable success in achieving KPIs, driving visitor satisfaction and effective and professional communication skills. Technical abilities in the use of wordpress, CRM, CMS and Google analytics are desirable, when teamed up with your approach to organisation, delivery of deadlines and knowledge of the tourism and hospitality sectors.

You will be able to work from home, whilst living in commutable distance to our office at Dundreggan, working alongside our team of dedicated and inspiring colleagues. Our people are led by our values of groundbreaking, collaborative and pragmatic, sharing their skills, stories and experiences to both engage and nurture each other and our supporters.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and experiences, committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all our people.

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