Rural Jobs Round Up: March 2017

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Lorraine Macrae

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

Project Co-ordinator & Policy and Partnerships Co-ordinator - Lantra

  • Salary range: £26,000 to £28,000 depending on skills and experience.
  • Permanent
  • Full-time: 37.5 hours per week
  • Location: Perth

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the UK’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries. Following a review of business requirements in Scotland, they are now seeking to recruit a Project Co-ordinator and a Policy and Partnerships Co-ordinator to join their team in Perth. 

These are exciting opportunities for professionals with relevant sector knowledge and experience, and an understanding of Scotland’s qualifications, training and skills landscape.

Project Co-ordinator

Your primary responsibility will be to support the Project Manager and the Lantra Scotland team in delivering the Scottish work plan. In this role you will support engagement with sector employers and stakeholders and the delivery of current project objectives, including presentations and events.

Policy and Partnerships Co-ordinator

Your primary responsibility will be to support the national director and Scotland team by co-ordinating Lantra’s policy and partnerships work, maintaining an overview of relevant skills policies, securing complementary income and managing related projects.

For further information or to apply please log on to or call 02476 696996 or email

Strictly no agencies.

Closing date: 7 April 2017

Project Manager - Room to Roam Green Travel Hub - Huntly and District Development Trust

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund Huntly and District Development Trust is seeking a Project Manager for their Room to Roam Green Travel Hub. The key task is to develop and promote the Huntly Car Club. The post is part-time (16 hours a week) and fixed term (until 31st March 2018). The successful candidate will help expand and extend the post. For more information please download the Application Pack.

Closing date: Friday 31 March 2017

LEADER Development Officer - Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER

  • Four days a week (28 hours) and will run until December 2019
  • Salary: £27,150 - £29,745 (pro rata)

Forth Valley and Lomond (FVL) LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) is looking for a dynamic and motivated individual who is not daunted by procedures and paperwork to join the LEADER team to support projects applying to LEADER. 

The LEADER Development Officer is one of two posts who provide the essential support to projects looking to apply for funding from FVL LEADER. They are looking for an individual with experience of working on projects as well as experience of community development, business innovation and rural development. Good communication and social media skills are essential.

The office base will be in Stirling, although travel around the area will be required, and knowledge of Clackmannanshire and West Dunbartonshire would be an advantage. For more information and to apply visit the MyJobScotland portal.

Closing date: 30 March 2017

Community Learning and Development Officer (LEADER) (Temp) - Mossblown Community Centre

  • Location: Mossblown Community Centre, 19 Annbank Road, Mossblown
  • Salary: £29,711 - £32,448 per year
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Temporary

This LEADER funded project is an exciting opportunity to deliver three distinct programmes within and across the villages of Annbank, Mossblown and Tarbolton in South Ayrshire. You will work with young people, parents and senior citizens to set up, support and sustain community led activity to better connect these communities to each other through the following programmes:

  • a bike share and a parent car sharing scheme
  • youth engagement activities leading to youth volunteering and a community based peer support programme
  • intergenerational work

For more information visit the MyJobScotland website.

Closing date: 23 March 2017

Farm Shop Manager - Comrie Croft

  • Salary: £20,000 - £23,000 basic annual salary (depending on experience), subject to annual review
  • Profit share bonus as per the Comrie Croft Profit Sharing Bonus Policy (10% of net profit divided equally amongst staff)

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and grow the farm shop enterprise at Comrie Croft. They have a vision for symbiotic, enterprise-driven, eco rural regeneration. Their activities focus on rural eco-tourism and land use including weddings, simple accommodation, camping, mountain biking, and a seasonal café franchise. They are closely associated with Tomnah’a Market Garden (est. 2016) who grow an increasingly wide range of healthy fruit, veg and flowers for local customers.

This job involves the developing and managing the recently established 100 Mile Shop at Comrie Croft.

For more information visit the Comrie Croft website.

Apply by emailing your CV and covering letter to Your covering letter should detail why you want this job and why you’ll be good at it. If you have any questions or would like to chat informally about the job before applying do call Comrie Croft on 01764 670140 and ask for Ciara, Malize or Andrew.

Closing date: 26 March 2017

Finance and IT Manager – Knoydart Foundation

  • Salary £30,000 - £40,000 pro rata, according to number of days and experience
  • Two days per week
  • Fixed term (two years) with the option to review or extend.

The Knoydart Foundation, a charity and its two wholly-owned trading subsidiaries, Knoydart Trading and Knoydart Renewables, wish to recruit a Group Finance/IT Manager. If you would like to have a pivotal role in the operation and future sustainability of their community-run and owned organisations in this area of outstanding natural beauty we would be delighted to hear from you.

They require a confident and experienced finance/ IT manager to manage all related activities in the Foundation and its subsidiaries, and to support and provide advice to the Foundation Directors and staff.

They are looking for a confident, effective leader and communicator with excellent management and inter-personal skills who has a strong commitment to the concept of community ownership and who is committed to ensuring that the Foundation and assets are safeguarded into the future.

Visit and for information about the Foundation and Knoydart.

For further information, pack and application form please contact Denise Atherley by emailing

Closing date: 31 March 2017 

Insurance Sales Agent/Senior NFU Scotland Group Secretary

  • Location: Perth
  • Salary: £50,000 OTE

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 our 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.

Visit the NFU Mutual website for more information.   

Closing date: 26 March 2017

Scottish Government, Marine Scotland - Ecologist

  • Location: Pitlochry
  • Salary: £34919- £42220

Marine Scotland are currently seeking applications for an Ecologist within the Freshwater Fisheries laboratory based in Pitlochry.

This post will play a key role in the research and advice provided by Marine Scotland Science to the Scottish Government. The post holder will assist in the development and application of models to assess the status of salmon stocks in Scotland and develop research programmes aimed at transferring models and information from data rich to data poor areas. Collaboration with a range of local management groups and academic organisations will be required and there will be a need to apply modern statistical analysis and programming approaches to complex data sets.

For further details visit the Work for Scotland website.

Closing date: 15 March 2017

Scottish Government, Marine Scotland - Salmon Assessment Modeller

  • Location: Pitlochry
  • Salary: £34919- £42220

Marine Scotland currently seeking applications for a Salmon Assessment Modeller within Marine Scotland Science based in Pitlochry.

This post will be based Freshwater Fisheries Programme, which provides research and advice in support of Scottish Government policies in relation to freshwater and diadromous fish. The post holder will develop and operationalise juvenile assessment models, improving approaches for characterising habitat and modelling juvenile densities at national scales. The post holder will also be required design and develop strategic monitoring networks for freshwater fish, with a particular focus on juvenile sampling strategies in the first instance.

Visit the Work for Scotland website for more information.

Closing date: 20 March 2017 at midnight

Scottish Waterways Trust - Canal Life Officer

  • Salary: £27,500 pro-rata
  • Salary info: 14 hours per week. Fixed Term until June 2018.
  • Location: Inverness

Could you help drive the success of an innovative volunteering, heritage, environment and community project on the Caledonian Canal? Working with children, young people, volunteers and the general public we are looking for someone who can enthuse and motivate people and connect them with the heritage of the Caledonian Canal. 

You’ll design, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate hands-on built and heritage activities with volunteers and a wide range of stakeholders in local communities from Inverness to Fort William.

Visit the Goodmoves website for more information.

Closing date: 17 March 2017

SSE - Trainee Engineer Programme

  • Various locations including Dundee, Oban, Perth and Stornoway
  • Starting salary £17,539

Are you thinking about University but you're worried about tuition fees and student loans? The SSE Trainee Engineer Programme lasts for three years and combines academic study with work-based experience.

Working within their Networks business, you'll study towards a fully funded minimum HNC level qualification. When not studying, you'll spend the balance of your time on placements working in the field, at Power Stations and Control Rooms, working alongside experienced SSE engineers.

For further information and to apply visit the SSE website.

Closing date: 19 March 2017

Scottish Sea Farms - Trainee Farmer

  • Location: Lochaber

Scottish Sea Farms are seeking applicants looking to begin their career in the Aquaculture Industry. You will be a team player, proactive in health and safety with high expectations of yourself and of your employer. In return, they will provide a Mentor who will guide you through your first months of employment and a detailed training plan that will enable you to kick start your fish farming career.

A current driving licence is essential.

To find out more please contact Angela Hand, Recruitment & HR Coordinator on 01786 445521 or visit the HIJobs website.

Marine Harvest - Graduate Trainee Programme

  • Locations: Loch Arber, Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Skye
  • Salary: £21,000

This two-year programme provides experience in every part of our salmon farming business including service departments and finance, fish-processing and production systems, fish health and also overseas postings.

Marine Harvest are looking for talented graduates who are interested in the environment, fish and food production. To apply you must have or predicted to achieve 2.1/2.2 entry level or merit at Masters Level in any discipline, although preference will be given to biological sciences and aquaculture and have a full UK driving licence.

Please apply in writing, stating your reasons for applying to:

Vicky Ferguson, HR Manager, Marine Harvest Scotland, Stob Ban House, Glen Nevis Business Park, Fort William, PH33 6RX


For further information visit the HIJobs website.a