Rural Jobs Round Up: April 2019

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Norette Ferns

In Rural Jobs Round Up you can find out about some current vacancies in rural areas and jobs in rural development.

Outside the Box - Community Workers

Outside the Box are recruiting two part-time Community Workers for the new Community Connections projects in two areas:

  • Waterfoot and Eaglesham area of East Renfrewshire
  • The areas around Brechin and Edzell in North East Angus

Outside the Box was established in 2004.  We provide community development support, shared learning and capacity building for people who want to make changes in their communities.

The Community Connections project has developed from work we are doing with people in the above areas to develop more opportunities for older people, including activities that can benefit the whole community. 

This is part of a wider project:  Rural Wisdom is working with people in communities across Scotland and Wales to look at how rural communities work for people as they get older. More information on Rural Wisdom can be found on the website:

You can find the full details of the posts and how to apply in the job descriptions below.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Holli on 07925 635590 or

The closing date for both applications: 12 noon, 13 May 2019.

Crowdfunder vacancies

Crowdfunder are looking for a Full-time Crowdfunding Coach and a Part-time Crowdfunding Coach.

The primary focus of a Crowdfunding Coach is to help projects to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, and maximise the amount of funding they raise. The coaches also have a key outbound role, contacting potential projects and recruiting partners that in turn deliver projects. The ideal candidate will be confident, personable and motivated by helping people to make their ideas happen. 

Crowdfunder is an organisation with a social purpose and deeply passionate about society’s challenges. They believe that everyone in the UK is a philanthropist in the making and they should have the power to make positive change in their communities.  

You will be based in Central Scotland and work remotely from home, travelling to meetings, events and our work hub in Stirling when required.

Visit the Crowdfunder website for full information

Development Manager - Community Assets - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

  • Based in Lochgilphead - other HIE office locations will be considered 
  • Starting salary: £27,559 per annum, excellent benefits package
  • Potential future salary progression from £27,559 to £31,422 per annum
  • Full-time, 35 hours per week 

HIE are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Development Manager to join their Community Assets team in Lochgilphead.

As part of this job you'll: 

  • Provide advice and guidance to community-led organisations who are looking to deliver community asset initiatives
  • Support community groups in their applications to the Scottish Land Fund to acquire sustainable assets
  • Work closely with members of the Community Assets team, as well as colleagues in the Argyll and the Islands area team and across the organisation
  • Contribute to the team's policy and sectoral development work to support the delivery of HIE's Operating Plan

It's essential that you are an experienced team player who can work well with colleagues across the organisation as well as HIE's external partners.

You'll also have confidence in your technical skills, particularly in relation to the financial analysis of organisational/business accounts.

You'll also be able to build and develop effective working relationships with a wide range of partners, colleagues and community groups - local and national.

As a natural communicator and presenter, you'll bring a fresh approach to HIE's work in this field and make a positive contribution to HIE's continuous development.

Visit the HIE website for more information.

Closing date: 28 April 2019

Community Development Officer - Balquhidder, Lochearnhead And Strathyre Community Trust Limited

  • ​Fixed term 1 year contract with a view to extend
  • 15 hours per week
  • £23,088 pro rata

The role is based around the three communities of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead, located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The applicant will be employed by Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Community Trust (BLS Trust), reporting to the Trust’s Board of Directors. The role of the Community Development Officer will be to implement the objectives and projects as set by the BLS Trust Board. The BLS Trust is a community company and registered charity. The Trust derives most of its funding from grants, donations and fundraising. In recent years the Trust has expanded, taking on a number of assets, including land and Strathyre Village Hall, and is delivering a number of regular events and activities that are stretching our volunteers.

Currently they are in the process of working through a Community Asset Transfer for land from Forestry Commission Scotland; working with Stirling Council to lease and develop land; developing their latest Community Action Plans; undertaking major village hall refurbishments, as well as our on-going projects. As a result they have been granted funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All Scheme to employ a much needed Development Officer.

Visit the Goodmoves website for full information.

Closing date: 30 April 2019

Seed Sovereignty Programme Coordinator - Seed Sovereignty

  • Location: Belsize Park, London or home working dependent on location
  • Hours: 3 days per week, 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday as preferred
  • Duration: Approx 1 year role. Post secured until 30thJune 2020
  • Salary: £35,000 (pro rata)

Seed Sovereignty are looking for a strategic thinker and dynamic communicator with a passion for food and seed sovereignty in the UK and Ireland. 

The Seed Sovereignty UK & Ireland Programme started in 2017 with the aim to support the development of a biodiverse and ecologically sustainable seed system on home soil.

The position of Seed Sovereignty Programme Coordinator requires working closely with the five Regional Coordinators to support local efforts in order to meet the aims of the programme. The programme is regionally led and nationally driven. The success of the programme requires strategic national perspective and direction, liaising with partners, allies, funders and influencers to make a meaningful contribution to the seed sovereignty movement in the UK & Ireland, and critically, to amplify the exciting work taking place across the regions and nations.

Visit the Seed Sovereignty website for more information.

Closing date: 5pm on 1 May 2019

Community Partnership vacancies

The Community Partnership is recruiting a new team for a Social Enterprise Hub in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park area. The Hub is a LEADER cooperation project (Forth Valley and Lomond, Argyll and the Islands) jointly developed by The Community Partnership and the Social Enterprise Academy and supported by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

It will deliver SEA learning programmes across both LEADER areas as well as seeking commercial opportunities and contracts for the future and supporting new and existing social enterprises in the area.

  • Business Development Manager – £28k pro rata, 0.6fte. Fixed term for 1 year
  • Learning Coordinator - £17k pro rata, 0.5fte, Fixed term for 1 year

Closing date for applications is 5pm 22 April 2019 with interviews to be held on the 1 May 2019.

More details and how to apply are available on our website

One of the key outcomes is that we will also develop a pool of Social Enterprise Academy tutors who will be able to provide learning for; social entrepreneurs, community activists, trust members and volunteers. As well as face to face learning, the new tutors will complete their learning through shadowing Academy tutors in delivery of the Leadership and other courses.

Please get in touch if you would be interested in being a SE tutor.

For further information please contact Anne or Marie on 01389 722134/2639 or email

Lead Bee Inspector - Scottish Government

  • Salary: £36328 - £43923
  • Location: Anywhere in Scotland
  • Hours: Around 37.00 per week 

The Scottish Government are currently seeking applications for a Lead Bee Inspector within the Animal Health and Welfare division.  Although the division is based in Edinburgh, the location of the post holder is flexible. 

This role combines a policy role, delivery responsibility and leadership for a busy area that is of considerable ministerial, public and press interest.  The post holder will provide on-going policy direction for bee health in Scotland, including delivery of the honey bee health strategy, the annual inspection and reporting regimes, ensuring compliance with bee health legislation, engagement with internal SG policy makers in other areas and external stakeholders across Scotland and the UK. 

Visit the Work for Scotland website for more information.

Closing date: 23 April 2019 at midnight

Assistant Community Development Officer - Soirbheas

  • 37.5 hours per week (part-time work or job share possible)
  • Salary: £23,400 - £27,105 per annum pro rata
  • Annual Leave: 35 days including public holidays
  • Location: Working from home but in easy reach of Glen Urquhart/Strathglass
  • Duration: Permanent Post (subject to a three-month trial period)

Soirbheas are looking for an experienced and capable individual to join our small but ambitious charity.

In this role you will support a Community Development Manager and volunteer board to manage the grant programmes, deliver projects and events within the communities of Glen Urquhart & Strathglass

You will bring excellent administration skills, have event co-ordinating experience and an interest in community development.

A good knowledge of challenges faced by the rural community and the voluntary sector within this area is desirable.

For further information and how to apply please visit our website at or email:

Closing date: 30 April 2019           Interviews: week commencing 13 May 2019

Sanas-obrach: Oifigear Leasachaidh Curraicealaim

Tha Ceòlas Uibhist a’ sireadh cuideigin a dhealbhaicheas agus a ruitheas cùrsaichean Gàidhlig ùra a tha stèidhichte ann an Uibhist.

Tiotal: Oifigear Leasachaidh Curraicealaim
Àite: Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas
Seòrsa cùmhnant: 24 mìosan
Seòrsa obrach: Làn-ùine
Uairean: 35 uairean san t-seachdain
Tuarastal:  £32,000-£35,000
Comas ann an Gàidhlig: riatanach
Ceann-latha dùnaidh: 5f, 29mh dhen Ghiblean, 2019

Tha Ceòlas Uibhist a’ sireadh neach-obrach airson cùrsaichean ùra Gàidhlig a dhealbhachadh, a bharantachadh agus a mhargaidheachd, a tha stèidhichte ann an Uibhist agus aig am bi buntanas làidir ris a’ choimhearsnachd. Bidh an cùmhnant a’ ruith fad dà bhliadhna agus bidh an obair stèidhichte ann an Dalabrog, Uibhist a Deas.

Tha Ceòlas air a bhith a’ lìbhrigeadh chùrsaichean bogaidh a bhios a’ buntainn ri beatha Uibhist anns an latha an-diugh bho 2013, a’ cleachdadh na coimhearsnachd Uibhistich an cois an teagaisg. Am measg eile, bidh na cùrsaichean seo ag amas air Gàidhlig nàdarra, mar a thèid a cleachdadh leis a’ choimhearsnachd an Uibhist, a thoirt seachad.

Oifigear Leasachaidh Curraicealaim (tuairsgeul-obrach)

Gus tagradh a chur a-steach, cuiribh CV agus litir-chòmhdachaidh gu ro 5f, 29 den Ghiblean, 2019.

Looking for a job in the voluntary sector?

A number of rural jobs are being advertised on the Goodmoves website including:

Visit the Goodmoves website for information on these and more voluntary sector jobs.