The Great Trossachs Forest Project Coordinator

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust

Blended home and office-based work
£18,900 (based on £27,000 FTE)

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

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Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 24th June 2024   5 days left


The Great Trossachs Forest Project Coordinator

Do you have the knowledge and skills to coordinate a successful nature restoration partnership? Does working together with key project partners and developing new stakeholder relationships to build upon the successes of this strong, delivery-focused partnership sound like a challenge you could use your talents and experience on? If so, this exciting opportunity to coordinate the development and delivery of projects within The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve (NNR) within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park could be for you.

Candidates are likely to have experience of partnership working, delivering projects, and working with external funders; they will have good interpersonal, administrative and communication skills, and be an effective facilitator, enabling project partners to collaborate on the delivery of a long-term vision for nature restoration.

Overview

Job Title: Project Coordinator – The Great Trossachs Forest

  • Hours: 26 hours per week, but other options will be considered. (Note reduced hours will result in a longer contract and conversely more hours, a shorter contract length)
  • Salary: £18,900 (based on £27,000 FTE)
  • Contract: 2-year fixed term (based on 26 hours per week), with potential for extension, dependent on successful funding applications.
  • Pension: Employer contribution of 7% of salary
  • Annual leave: 19.5 days (based on 28 days FTE)
  • Reporting to: Project Development Manager – Nature Restoration, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust
  • Location: Blended home and office-based work. Office base at the National Park Authority offices in Balloch with additional opportunities for hot-desking at partner offices in Aberfoyle, Gartocharn and Brig o’ Turk. The post-holder will be required to travel regularly throughout the TGTF area.
  • Start date: The successful candidate would ideally be able to start in August 2024.
  • Closing date for applications: Monday 24th June 2024 at 9am
  • Interviews will be held: Week commencing 1st and/or 8th July 2024.

This role can be full-time or part-time to suit the needs of the successful candidate and fit around existing commitments, so if you are interested in this position, we would welcome an application from you.

Background

The Great Trossachs Forest (TGTF) is a major conservation project set in the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The project is a working partnership of: Forestry and Land Scotland, RSPB, The Woodland Trust Scotland and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority. It was awarded NNR status in 2015 and serves as an accessible exemplar of a landscape-scale biodiversity partnership delivering multiple benefits, with enormous potential for further nature restoration, visitor engagement, education, and carbon sequestration.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust is a registered Scottish charity. The Trust is working to address the biodiversity and climate emergencies and enable more sustainable, healthy, and active communities. We deliver impactful ecological change through nature conservation partnerships and impactful physical, social and mental wellbeing through our health walk programme, Walk in the Park and supporting active travel within our communities. The Trust is hosting this role; the post holder will benefit from close working with the TGTF partners and from being embedded in the Trust’s Nature Restoration team.

Job purpose

Working in close partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland, RSPB, The Woodland Trust Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, local land managers, and a range of public, private, and voluntary sector organisations, this role will involve facilitating and supporting the project partnership, developing funding applications, and coordinating a range of projects across The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve (NNR) to maximise the benefits of the partnership for biodiversity, climate, and visitor access.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Work with partners to: develop, secure funding for, and deliver a range of nature restoration and access projects across The Great Trossachs Forest area; secure longer-term funding for The Great Trossachs Forest, to enable continuity of delivery across the partnership.
  • Coordinate regular Steering Group and Operational Working Group meetings.
  • Enable effective communication within the partnership.
  • Work with project partners to identify opportunities for volunteer days.
  • Ensure TGTF signage, interpretation, website and social media pages are updated and maintained.
  • Disseminate programme outputs and outcomes via events, workshops, social media and other platforms.
  • Attend Long Distance Routes forum meetings to represent The Great Trossachs Path.
  • Provide progress reports to key stakeholders and funders as required.
  • Manage an allocated project budget.

Reporting Arrangements

The post holder will sit within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust’s Nature Restoration team, reporting to the Project Development Manager. The post holder will also be required to report to members of The Great Trossachs Forest Steering Group and other key funders as necessary.

Skills | Essential

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; good report writing skills. Experience in using GIS mapping software.
  • Good numeracy skills, able to understand, interpret and present project budget information. Good knowledge of UK wildlife, including species identification and Invasive Non-native Species (INNS).
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time and workload management.
  • Excellent administrative skills.
  • Good facilitation skills.
  • Computer literate, confident in the use of social media platforms and the Microsoft Office package.

Skills | Desirable

  • Experience in using GIS mapping software.
  • Good knowledge of UK wildlife, including species identification and Invasive Non-native Species (INNS).

Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience | Essential

  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Experience of delivering and/or coordinating projects, and/or administration of a large project.
  • Experience of assisting with developing projects and writing successful funding applications.
  • Experience of working on grant funded projects.
  • Full UK driving license and access to a vehicle.

Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience | Desirable

  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
  • Experience of writing reports for Boards, funders and other key partners.
  • Experience of visitor engagement.
  • Experience of managing projects, including budgets.
  • Experience of producing interpretation and engagement materials such as leaflets, social media content and digital resources.
  • Experience of coordinating complex projects involving a wide variety of project partners and funders.
  • Experience of managing volunteers.

Personal Attributes | Essential

  • Committed to the purpose and aims of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust, The Great Trossachs Forest and its partners.
  • Ability to coordinate between partners and maintain good communication across the partnership.


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