Rural Jobs Round Up: August 2017

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In our Rural Jobs Round Up, you can find information on current rural vacancies and jobs related to rural development.

Ardnamurchan Parish Church - Project Manager

A Project Manager is being sought to oversee the restoration of the Ardnamurchan Parish Church building.

The Kirk Session is seeking to appoint a suitable qualified and experienced consultant to act as Project Manager for the repairs and re-ordering. This will include finding and accessing funding bodies.

The Project Manager would be responsible for liaising with architects and contractors who would, initially, assess the necessary work, and then to oversee the work to completion. There would be liaison with the Kirk Session and a named person or working group assigned to have oversight of the project.

Visit the Aanda Parishes website for more information.

Closing date: 31 August

Helmsdale and District Development Trust (HDDT) - Local Development Officer

HDDT has a vacancy for a Local Development Officer. The position will be part-time 21 hours per week, based in Helmsdale Community Centre.

For a copy of the job description further information and an application form please email

Application deadline has been extended to 10 September 2017.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) - Finance and Administration Officer

The SRA Finance & Administration Officer will be responsible for supporting the work of SRA by managing their financial information and transactions and carrying out administration tasks. The successful candidate will be experienced in these activities and willing to work as part of a small and committed team. This position is part-time and home based.

See full job description and person specification on the SRA website.

Send your CV and Covering Letter to before 31 August. Please be aware that this advert may close early if they receive a lot of interest so please send your application for consideration as soon as possible.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) - Policy and Communications Officer

The SRA Policy & Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting the work of SRA by raising awareness of our activities and influencing policy and practice. The successful candidate will be responsible for liaising with the Scottish Government at all levels and engaging and influencing external contacts and partnerships. This is a new appointment for SRA and is an important step in the next phase of their development. This position is home based and includes regular travel.

See full job description and person specification on the SRA website

Send your CV and Covering Letter to before 31 August. Please be aware that this advert may close early if we receive a lot of interest so please send your application for consideration as soon as possible.

Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage - Contractor/Consultant

  • Location: New Lanark and Falkirk

Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage (SGLH) is seeking applications for a contract to initiate and manage an innovative and exciting, two-phase project. The purpose of the project is to develop for publication a Conservation Strategy and Conservation Guidance Notes for Landowners. It will cover the CAVLP and Falkirk Council areas commencing October 2017. This project represents the second stage of a pilot project ('Glorious Gardens') launched by SGLH in both areas in 2014. A key element will be the recruitment of volunteers and the provision of appropriate training to become actively involved in the development of the Conservation Strategy and the Conservation Guidance Notes for Landowners. 

Volunteers will be drawn from local stakeholders, including community councils, heritage groups, local specialists and residents within the local authority area. Funding is being provided both by Historic Environment Scotland and by the Heritage Lottery Fund through CAVLP. Phase 1 of the project will run from 1/10/17 to 31/03/18 and Phase 2 from 1/3/18 to 31/3/19.

Applicants with proven ability in this field and experience in training and working with volunteers who wish to have further information should submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter to, for the attention of Robert Luther. 

Closing date: 11 August

Graduate Planner - Cairngorms National Park Authority

  • Salary: £24,341 – £28,475 (Band C) plus excellent benefits such as flexitime, generous annual leave and a defined pension scheme to name just a few
  • Contract: Fixed Term (3 years)
  • Working Hours: Monday- Friday (37.5 hours per week)
  • Location: National Park Headquarters, Grantown on Spey

Cairngorms National Park Authority have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Planner to join their team. This is a great opportunity to join a fast paced and high performing organisation at a truly exciting time for Scotland’s National Parks.

As part of a small team, the Graduate Planner will contribute to an efficient and effective Planning Service by undertaking some planning casework and delivering and improving the technical and administrative processes associated with planning. The successful candidate will have a recognised degree in Town Planning or closely related subject area and eligibility for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. This role may suit a recent graduate.

Visit the Cairngorms National Park website for more information.

Closing date: 12pm on 25 August

Insurance Sales Agent/ NFU Scotland Group Secretary- Perth

NFU Mutual, an industry award-winning Insurance and financial services provider, and the NFU Scotland, who represent some 8,500 farmers and crofters across the country, have an exciting opportunity for a joint role as an Insurance Business Partner (with NFU Mutual) and a Group Secretary (with NFU Scotland), at their Perth branch.

Their ideal candidate will excel at building trusted, long-term customer relationships and enjoy working within the local agricultural community. You’ll also have a pro-active, commercially astute approach to managing a business. It would be beneficial if you have experience of working in or with the insurance or agricultural industries but it’s not essential and won’t hold you back from potentially becoming an Agent.

As well as being able to develop and grow a customer base, you’ll demonstrate a dynamic, forward thinking leadership approach to the team within the branch. You and your team will be working in partnership, selling NFU Mutual’s award-winning products, while championing Scottish farming and promoting NFU Scotlands's range of membership services.

Visit the NFU Mutual website to find out more.

Closing date: 20th August 2017

Scottish Natural Heritage - Operations Officer - South Highland

  • Location: Fort William
  • Salary: £24,587
  • Hours:  22.2 hours per week

The postholder will contribute to the delivery of Scottish Natural Heritage’s objectives within South Highland Unit. The post will principally deliver work in Lochaber, but will also be expected to be work flexibly throughout the area.

The post’s main area of work will be as a member of the South Highland Development Advice Services Team; responding to statutory consultations from regulatory authorities (eg. Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland) with advice on the implications of plans and projects for internationally and nationally important natural heritage features. 

Visit the SNH jobs website for more information.

Closing date: midnight on 20 August

Forestry Commission Scotland - various vacancies

Forestry Commission Scotland are currently recruiting for a number of roles including the following:

Visit the Civil Service jobs website for more information on these and other posts.