Rural Jobs Round Up: March 2016

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Norette Ferns

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

Tyne Esk LEADER Project Officer

  • Location: Dalkeith
  • Salary: £24,436 - £26,713 per year
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

Based at Fairfield House, Dalkeith within Midlothian Council’s Economic Development Section, you will assist with the coordination, development and delivery of the Tyne Esk Leader Programme 2014/20 throughout the rural areas of East Lothian and Midlothian.

You will have experience of working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders active in rural economic development. A first class communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will be used to liaising and working with rural based businesses, public sector agencies and Third Sector organisations.

For full information visit the myjobscotland website.

Closing date: 15 April

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust - Graduate Project Officer

  • Salary: £19,500
  • 12-month post

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KoSDT) was created in 2011 to ensure that long-term, sustainable benefits would be achieved throughout the community and the Kyle of Sutherland. KoSDT are now looking to recruit a Graduate Project Officer to deliver a 12-month project. The successful candidate will be required to lead on two community led build projects - the Falls of Shin Community Project and the Ardgay Village Redevelopment Project.

Visit the ScotGrad website for more information.

Closing date: 3 April

Policy Officer (Agriculture and Forestry) - Scottish Land & Estates

Scottish Land & Estates is seeking to appoint a Policy Officer to work on agriculture, agricultural holdings, forestry and crofting issues.

Scottish Land & Estates is a membership organisation that represents the interests of rural landowners and landbased businesses across Scotland. The Policy Officer (Agriculture & Forestry) will be required to identify and develop key policy issues for the rural sector, with a focus on agriculture, forestry, agricultural holdings and crofting issues, produce policy briefings and technical guidance, provide advice to the membership and generally take the lead on policy areas within their remit. The role will also involve considerable engagement with a wide range of stakeholders as well as representational activity.

Salary will be in the region of £25,000 to £27,000 per annum depending on skills and experience, and will be offered alongside a generous holiday entitlement and a contributory pension.

For further details and application forms visit the Scottish Land & Estates website, email or telephone 0131 653 5400.

Closing date: 18 March 2016

European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Programme Coordinator - Forth Fisheries Local Action Group

  • Location: Eyemouth Fishery Office, Fishmarket Building, Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth
  • Salary: £26,562.66 - £28,989.91 per year
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

The EMFF Programme Coordinator will support the work of the new Forth Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The Forth FLAG will deliver European Maritime Fisheries Fund local development funding in the coastal areas of the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Fife. The Coordinator will work with community groups and businesses to support the development of applications to the fund, with the objective of maximising EMFF investment opportunities in the fisheries areas and sustaining the coastal economy.  

The EMFF Programme Coordinator will be based in Eyemouth and will work with projects across the FLAG area.  A current driving licence and use of a vehicle is an essential requirement of this post. 

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Hugh Williams at Scottish Borders Council by calling 01835 826773 or emailing

Visit the myjobscotland website for full details.

Closing date: 20 March 2016

Stirling Cycle Hub Officer for Employer Engagement and Nextbike Development

  • Salary £21,000 - £24,000
  • Full-time at 35 hours per week

Forth Environment Link is looking for a new team member to join the Stirling Cycle Hub. Funded by Transport Scotland in partnership with Abellio/Scotrail, the Hub aims to promote and increase cycling. Based at the Stirling Train Station, the Hub provides information and resources on cycling; provides advice and access to training; and develops partnerships and events in the local community designed to encourage more people to cycle.

Specific to this job role is the development and running of an employer engagement programme for local employers designed to assist employers to make cycling to work easier for employees by breaking perceived barriers to cycle commuting. This position also has responsibility for the further development and promotion of the Stirling Nextbike bike share scheme. 

The position is fixed term until 31st March 2017 and is subject to the confirmation of funding.

Visit the Forth Environment Link website for more information.

If you require any further information or require assistance with the application process please contact Vicky Vincent on or call 01786 449215.

Closing date: midnight, Sunday 20 March

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER - part-time Development Officer

  • Location: Viewforth, Stirling
  • Salary: £16,317 - £17,847 per year
  • Hours: 22.20 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Temporary

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER is recruiting a part-time (three-days a week) Development Officer to work with businesses and community groups across the rural area to help them submit applications to the LEADER Local Action Group, and support the delivery of the Local Development Strategy. The LEADER team is hosted within Stirling Council although covers the wider area of West Dunbartonshire and Clackmannanshire as well as rural Stirling.

Visit the myjobscotland website for more information.

Closing date: 10 March

FARNET Support Unit - Thematic & Territorial Coordinator

  • Location: Brussels

The FARNET Support Unit (FSU) is recruiting a senior expert to join its dynamic and international team working on assisting fisheries and coastal communities on the path to sustainable development.

The FSU is based in Brussels and provides technical assistance to the Directorate General for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) on the implementation of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) in fisheries and coastal areas across the EU.

Closing date: 7 March