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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

  • Advertised from 24th February 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.

Application notes

For further details contact Peter Quinn Trust Director

To apply send a CV and a covering letter to by 19th March.

Interviews will be held online w / c 5th April with a view to a start date in May