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Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,000 – £24,000
  • Ancrum
  • Closing 22nd April 2019

  • Advertised from 8th April 2019


Borders Forest Trust (BFT) is a charity organisation established in 1996 that focusses on restoring native woodlands and woodland culture primarily in the south of Scotland. Its work includes a landscape scale ‘Wild Heart’ ecological restoration initiative in the Southern Uplands, supporting community woodland groups through the region and promoting sustainable woodland management, education and wellbeing.

A key part of BFT’s mission is to engage the wider community in woodland restoration and management, promote better access to it, and encourage the development of woodland culture.

BFT does not only engage the broader community to promote woodland culture but also relies on engagement to achieve its native woodland restoration aims. It has a growing and enthusiastic volunteer base that meaningfully contributes to BFT activities including tree planting, woodland management and biodiversity monitoring. There is also a strong interest from various institutions to visit and jointly collaborate on our sites, with a range of mutually beneficial purposes from education and research, skills development and wellbeing improvement. In addition we engage local communities, land owners, managers, users and various interested parties through our work.

The post of Engagement Officer will provide a rewarding and varied set of tasks. You will be part of a small and enthusiastic team and have the opportunity to contribute to restoring native woodlands and reviving woodland culture in some of the most beautiful ‘wilderness’ and woodland sites in the south of Scotland working with a broad range of people and organisations. The work will involve a balance between office and outdoor work, requiring someone with a mix of skills, on one hand exceptional communication (including IT and social media skills), coordination and interpersonal skills and on the other hand an aptitude and passion for ‘hands on’ outdoor conservation and woodland development work.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

Application notes

By Email with the subject ‘Application for Engagement Officer’ to

Please submit no later than 12.00 noon on Monday the 22nd of April, 2019.

Please submit;

1. A concise cover letter which explains your suitability for the position matched against the key duties and requirements.

2. A CV.

3. Two professional references.

Interviews will be held the week beginning the 29th of April.

The job will commence ideally in May or as soon as possible after that.