Charity registered in Scotland SC021303
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 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 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.
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.
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
Skills & Competencies
Working conditions/ Special demands
Reporting to: Education Manager
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.
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
Digital marketing metrics and analytics
Using collaborative technologies
Design, implementation and evaluation of campaigns
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:
We are also looking to diversify the Board and we would be very interested in applicants who are:
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.