Rural Jobs Round Up: December 2017

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In Rural Jobs Round Up, you can find out about some current rural vacancies and jobs related to rural development.

Well-being Project Officer/Westburn Woods Project Officer - New Caledonian Woodlands

New Caledonian Woodlands are happy to accept applications for these two roles separately or combined into one full-time post.  Wellbeing Project Officer (21 hours per week), Westburn Woods Project Officer (14 hours per week), total combined 35 hours per week.

They are seeking one or two new staff members to join our small team. Within the 'Wellbeing Project Officer' role, the post-holder will co-deliver their Good Wood and Fruitful Woods woodland/woodcraft-based mental health and employability projects at sites throughout Edinburgh and in partnership with their Fruitful Woods Project Officer, Good Wood Project Officer and our Occupational Therapist.

Within the 'Westburn Woods Project Officer' role, the post-holder will deliver a new project 'Wondering and wandering in Westburn Woods', which is a partnership between Prospect Community Housing and New Caledonian Woodlands. 

Visit the New Caledonian Woodlands website for full information.

Closing date: 8 January at midnight

Two Project Development Officers - North Aberdeenshire LEADER and South Aberdeenshire LEADER

  • Location: Gordon House,Blackhall Road
  • Salary: £26,311 - £27,862 per year
  • Hours: 36.25 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term

An exciting opportunity to support the delivery of European funding programmes in Aberdeenshire has arisen. Two LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) – one for North Aberdeenshire and another for South Aberdeenshire - have been established to deliver community-led local development strategies. 

Aberdeenshire Council is responsible for supporting the Local Action Groups in the management and delivery of these funds. This work is facilitated through a dedicated European Policy and Programmes Team.

The team is recruiting two Project Development Officers (one for North Aberdeenshire and one for South Aberdeenshire) to assist the LAGs to develop and commission projects on a fixed-term basis.

The role of the Project Development Officer is to work with the LAGs and potential project partners to develop project ideas into robust and deliverable projects with accurate, defined budgets and clear operational management and delivery structures. The position will involve co-ordinating Project Commissioning Groups and obtaining quotations/estimates and other supporting documentation for project applications in collaboration with project partners.  Additional tasks include the development of detailed project plans which are then to be approved by the LAGs and Scottish Government.  The Officer will also assist with reporting to the Scottish Government and European Union.

These posts are fixed term until 30.06.19.

Get full details and apply.

Closing date: 12 December 2017

Stockperson/General Farm Worker - Scottish Government

  • Salary: £17,642 - £19,982
  • Location: Inverness

The Scottish Government are currently seeking applications for a Stockperson/General Farm Worker within the Rural Payments & Inspections Division, Knocknagael Stud Farm based in Inverness. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range.

The Bull Stud staff are a small team of four which is part of the Scottish Government Rural Payments & Inspections Division.  

Visit the Work for Scotland website for more information.

Closing date: 15 December 2017 at midnight

SISI (Scottish Invasive Species Initiative) Volunteer and Communications Officer - The Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust

  • Salary: £28,000 per annum (6% employer pension contribution)
  • Contract: Fixed 4 Year term
  • Hours: Full Time (35hrs per week)
  • Location: Fisheries Office, Logie Steading, Dunphail, Forres IV36 2RW

The Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Volunteer and Communications Officer to work as part of a team for the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI). SISI is a four-year Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage funded project in northern Scotland, which aims to encourage communities to tackle invasive non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and American mink.

They are looking for a dynamic professional to join our small team as a Volunteer and Communications Officer. The Volunteer and Communications Officer will be responsible to the Project Manager for the delivery of the Communication Plan and the Volunteer Management and Retention Plan. They will work closely with the SISI Project Officers and Seasonal Officers for the delivery of the required actions in those plans. They will also provide support and training for the SISI Project Officers, Seasonal Officers and in certain instances volunteers to build the capacity of the local delivery organisations and their volunteer networks to deliver and maintain the SISI outputs and outcomes.

Applications, which include a letter and CV, should be emailed to If you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to disability, please contact Valerie Wardlaw on 01309 611220 or e-mail  

This post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage. The Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants from all sectors of society. If you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, they will interview you.

Find out more in the Job Description

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 18 December 2017

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) - Senior Policy Manager

  • Location: Inverness - other locations will be considered
  • Salary: £33,974 - £39,792 per annum, excellent benefits package

In this role you will lead on HIE's transport policy analysis and input, working closely with HIE colleagues, government, regional transport partnerships and other stakeholders as required.

You will also be expected to contribute to wider rural policy development, supporting the economic and community development of the region.

You will bring strong interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrable experience of working in a policy development and/or influencing role.  An ability to influence at senior level through the provision of credible policy advice is also essential.

Visit the HIE website for more information.

Closing date: 7th January 2018 

Forestry Commission vacancies

The Forestry Commission are currently recruiting for a number of posts including:

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