Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust
Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC027481

Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust is an independent charity regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (Charity No. SC027481). PKCT has led a number of very successful projects in the outstanding environment of the Perth and Kinross countryside involving negotiating access to land, building footpaths, caring for Scotland’s most spectacular woodlands and trees, and working on conservation projects; all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We work in partnership with other organisation’s and community groups to help make Perthshire one of the most accessible destinations in Scotland. The staff of five are led by a Trust Manager and are based in Perth.

Current vacancies


  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Perth & Kinross
  • Closing 31st January 2022

Appointment of Trustees to the Board

Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (Scottish Charity SC 024781) is looking to fill one position on our Board of Trustees: an opportunity to help us conserve, promote and enhance the countryside and natural heritage of Perth and Kinross.

Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT)

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to contribute to the future of the countryside and natural heritage of Perth and Kinross. PKCT is a small but dynamic charity with a staff of 5 engaged in a wide range of projects in the area relating to public access and education, the many historic trees, and conservation in general. Details of our work and more about our organisation can be found at

The Board of Trustees

We currently have 11Trustees but we are looking to recruit one additional trustee. Perth and Kinross Council nominate two Trustees and additional Trustees are appointed based on the skills, experience and expertise they bring to our organisation.

The Trustees have collective responsibility for oversight and development of the Trust in line with OSCR guidelines, for agreeing the organisation’s strategy, its governance, and work with its professional staff to account for the effective management and delivery of agreed projects on time and within budget.


Our recent organisational review has identified it would be of benefit if additional trustees brought some of the following skills/areas of work:

Professional Skills and Experience

  • Marketing and Communication
  • Charity governance

Time Commitment

The full Board meets four times each year. These quarterly meetings last 2-3 hours and usually take place in Perth , with occasionally one on site at a recent project. Currently however there is a mix of online and in person meetings due to Covid.

Between full Board meetings, Sub-Committee meetings are held. There are four Sub-Committees – Finance and HR, Governance, Development and Education , and Fundraising and Marketing – each meeting up to 3 times per year. Sub-Committee meetings are usually 2 hours long and are also held in Perth / online. Trustees will also be expected to contribute to one or two Sub-Committees. The basic time commitment is likely to average around eight days per year.


Trustees are not remunerated and your contribution will be on a voluntary/pro bono basis.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Conservation Officer

  • Full time
  • £30,000
  • Perth - currently working from home, post requires travel across Perth & Kinross /occasionally other parts of Scotland
  • Closing 19th March 2021

Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) is an independent charity that negotiates access to land, builds paths, helps care for Scotland’s most spectacular woodlands and trees, and works on conservation projects all to improve and promote access to the countryside. The Countryside Trust has refreshed its forward strategy, and now wishes to develop a new emphasis on maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and species conservation, while helping people to enjoy the excitement and wonder of Perthshire’s countryside, enabling them to learn about it and cherish it for future generations.

As part of this review a multi stakeholder, landscape scale Partnership Project is under development. This is a new, long-term, nature-based vision for Perth and Kinross. It is a landscape-scale ecological restoration concept that could transform the environment of the area, the livelihoods of the people who live and work here, and the richness of the experiences of those who visit.

To deliver this challenging work we are seeking to appoint a Conservation Officer with the following responsibilities:

  1. Working with stakeholders, continue to progress the Trust’s wider strategy for conservation and education.
  2. Leading the Trust’s work on the Partnership Project, including establishing and maintaining links with project partners; gaining ‘buy-in’ of landowners, managers and tenants, rural communities and businesses; further developing the project proposal, including consolidating methodology, partners, sites, funding and initial implementation; driving the project forward through the Steering Group; and developing the project to secure future funding.
  3. In partnership with stakeholders, identify new project opportunities that will help to deliver the vision set out in this Strategy.
  4. Apply for funding to develop new conservation and education projects
  5. Offer site management support and guidance in conservation and biodiversity, habitat improvement and woodland creation.
  6. Develop a ‘hub’ to collate and promote relevant initiatives and “best practice”. This could include a “Community” website and interactive map.
  7. Support the continued work of the Trust on current conservation programmes as directed

Up to 2 days of the officer’s time per week will be spent on work with continuing multi-stakeholder conservation projects where the principal partners alongside the Trust are the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh , Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry. These projects involve the ex situ conservation of globally threatened conifer species in Perthshire and supporting managers of nationally important tree collections.

Funding for the Conservation Officer Post

We are seeking funding from our stakeholder partners who share the strategic objectives of this exciting project. We aim to secure funding for the post for three years.


The Trust office is in Perth but all staff currently working from home. The nature of the post requires travel across Perth and Kinross and occasionally to other parts of Scotland.