Riverwoods Development Manager (Ecology)

Edinburgh Technopole
19 Jan 2021
23 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Part Time
Riverwoods Development Manager (Ecology)

Location - Home working until pandemic restrictions allow working from the Trusts Edinburgh Office

Full Time

Fixed Term Contract - 12 months will the possibility of extension funding dependant

£31,500 per annum

For over 50 years, our client has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. They are proud to have the support of over 42,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 23 local (volunteer led) groups. They manage a network of 116 reserves across Scotland.

Riverwoods is one way the Trust are working on ensuring fragmented wildlife habitats are more connected and resilient. Scotland’s streams and rivers cover a staggering 125,000Km, 12.5 times the length of the country’s coastline. Improving the riparian zone throughout Scotland would make a tangible and extremely significant contribution to Scotland’s Nature Network, in addition to delivering a natural climate solution. The realisation of this ambitious national project is dependent on working in partnership to deliver projects on the ground and develop the scientific knowledge and financial mechanisms that will support and enhance delivery.

They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Development Manager to manage the current activities relating to the Riverwoods Initiative including seeking funding and scoping out the long-term strategic pathway to deliver projects and activities. Your main responsibilities will include:
  • Ensuring involvement from the Advisory Board and Specialist Groups through meetings and communications
  • Coordinating the involvement of relevant teams in the initiative
  • Developing and actively engaging with existing river restoration projects
  • Helping to create a compelling story that communicates the multiple benefits of a Scotland-wide network of riparian woodland and supporting the delivery of mapping this story

Our successful candidate will:
  • Hold a relevant qualification and will have experience of developing and managing environmental work programmes.
  • Have experience in facilitating the development and strategic direction of partnership projects and programmes
  • Have a good understanding of ecological processes and conservation in relation to riparian habitats
  • Be an excellent leader who can motivate others to act towards achieving a common goal through direction, inspiration and effective communication
  • Be experienced in grant writing and funding applications
  • Understand practical conservation management and ecological networks including measuring ecological connectivity

If you’re passionate about conservation and have an understanding of Scottish policies relating to biodiversity, land use and community empowerment then our client would love to hear from you.