Rural Jobs Round Up: September 2017

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Norette Ferns

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

Outer Hebrides LEADER - Development Officer, Balivanich

  • Location: Comhairle nan Eilean Sair, Council Offices, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula
  • Salary: £11,142 - £12,423 per year
  • Hours: 14.80 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term

You will support and contribute to the successful delivery of the Outer Hebrides LEADER and European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Programme 2014-2020; network with communities and businesses to identify, investigate and assess innovative development projects coming forward for LEADER funding; support clients in LEADER grant-claim procedures; assist in maintaining the public profile of LEADER through acting as animateur to support the stimulation, planning and implementation of projects and community capacity-building.

Visit the myjobscotland website for full details.

Closing date: 25 September 2017

North Ayrshire Council - Digital Learning Officer (Temporary)

  • Location: Dalry Library, 14 - 16 The Cross, Dalry
  • Rate: £14.18 - £15.51 per hour
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Temporary Position

To work with the team to deliver high quality MakerSpaces in rural communities supported by digital learning and digital participation programmes.

This project was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Union - Ayrshire LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

Visit the myjobscotland website for full details.

Closing date: 19 September 2017

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.

Forestry Commission Scotland - Various vacancies

Forestry Commission Scotland are recruiting for a number of posts including:

Visit the Civil Service jobs website to find out more about these posts and more.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) - Transformation and Business Services Director

  • Grade: H (starting salary - £69,143)
  • Location: Any Large SNH Office (Aberdeen, Clydebank, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth)
  • Vacancy type: Full-time permanent
  • Hours: 37 hours

To lead the development and delivery of a programme of Business Transformation across SNH which will comprehensively review what we do and how we do it in order to ensure that we can continue to deliver high quality front line services and maximize customer satisfaction in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

To work with Board Members and the Senior Leadership Team to embed service transformation in the organisation, working to achieve a culture of continuous improvement.

To contribute to the delivery of SNH’s Corporate Objectives all of which underpin our overall goal of connecting people with Nature. To lead provision of 21st century corporate support services – Human Resources, Finance, Property, Technology, Business planning and Information Management. Providing their staff and customers with a seamless experience that exceeds expectations.

Visit the Civil Service jobs website for more information.

Closing date: 10 September 2017

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) - Marine Policy & Advice Officer

  • Location: Inverness

This is an opportunity to gain experience working on marine data management in SNH’s Coastal & Marine Ecosystems & Use Unit.

SNH collects and uses a diverse range of marine data from grab samples and diver observations to underwater video and aerial photography. These data are used to underpin advice on Marine Protected Areas, protected species and new developments including marine renewables. 

The focus of this post is on reviewing and preparing existing data held by SNH to meet legislative requirements relating to data management. This will help ensure that their data are fit-for-purpose and can be made accessible for use by SNH staff and external stakeholders.

Visit the SNH jobs website for more information.

Closing date: midnight on 25 September 2017

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) - Argyll Reserves Manager

SNH manages three National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in Argyll – Glasdrum, Taynish, and Moine Mhor NNRs. Between them, they hold a range of native woodland and raised bog habitats, as well as providing important habitat for rare species of plants, butterflies, birds and mammals. All are set amid stunning west coast landscapes and are of exceptional natural and cultural heritage value.   

The Argyll Reserve Manager (Operations Officer) will take the lead on planning and implementing practical habitat and estate management tasks to optimise the ecological interests of the NNRs, as well as leading on engagement with local communities and visitors to our reserves.

A positive, team-focused, friendly attitude combined with sound practical conservation, countryside management or forestry skills will make you a strong candidate for this role. The post involves working outdoors in all weathers, although office-based work is also involved. 

The work programme to manage and maintain habitat and visitor infrastructure on the Argyll reserves is delivered by a small NNR team of two, consisting of the Reserve Manager (Operations Officer) and an Operations Support Officer, both based in Lochgilphead.

Visit the SNH jobs website for more information.

Closing date: midnight on 20 September 2017

Research Scientist (Potato Pathologist)

  • Salary: £27755 - £31811
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Hours: around 37.00 per week

The Scottish Government are currently seeking applications for a Research Scientist (Potato Pathologist) within Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) based in Edinburgh. This is a 22 month fixed term pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The post-holder will join the Potato Pathology team in the Potato Branch of SASA as a Research Scientist, working on projects funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in support of the Scottish seed potato industry.

Visit the Work for Scotland website to find out more.

Closing date: 11 September 2017 at midnight