Volunteer and Communications Officer

Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust

Forres, Moray
£28,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.fnlft.org.uk director@fnlft.org.uk 01309 611220 Robert Laughton

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 18 December 2017

The Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Volunteer and Communications Officer to work as part of a team for the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI). SISI is a four-year Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage funded project in northern Scotland, which aims to encourage communities to tackle invasive non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and American mink.

We are looking for a dynamic professional to join our small team as a Volunteer and Communications Officer. The Volunteer and Communications Officer will be responsible to the Project Manager for the delivery of the Communication Plan and the Volunteer Management and Retention Plan. They will work closely with the SISI Project Officers and Seasonal Officers for the delivery of the required actions in those plans. They will also provide support and training for the SISI Project Officers, Seasonal Officers and in certain instances volunteers to build the capacity of the local delivery organisations and their volunteer networks to deliver and maintain the SISI outputs and outcomes.

Key tasks and responsibilities

1. Volunteer management

Working with the SISI Project Officers and Seasonal Officers:

  • Lead on delivery of the Volunteer Management and Retention Plan and Communications Plan.
  • Provide support and advice on the recruitment and management of volunteers, particularly those without experience in wildlife management or volunteering.
  • Develop and test strategies to maintain volunteer motivation over the time periods required to consolidate SISI’s achievements.
  • Formulate and implement a training programme for SISI Project Officers and Seasonal Officers and their volunteers to build the capacity of Trusts and Boards to maintain the SISI outputs and outcomes after cessation of the project.
  • Assist the Project Manager to develop a post-project Communication Plan in year 4 of the project that will reflect the projects achievements and set out how the outcomes and outputs will be maintained.
  • Lead on the development of the monitoring and evaluation of volunteer activity within the SISI project.

2. Communications and Awareness

Working closely with Project Manager, Project Officers and Seasonal Officers:

  • Lead delivery of the project Communication Plan.
  • Oversee the production of the project awareness, publicity and press materials including articles, website, use of social media and newsletters (working with the SNH media team where relevant).
  • Let, manage and oversee delivery of relevant contracts relating to SISI.
  • Attend relevant stakeholder groups and forums.

3. Partnership Building

  • Develop and maintain links with other related projects, organisations and interest groups outside the project area in order to help build volunteer capacity for further expansion beyond the life of the current project.
  • Assist the Project Manager in ensuring a coordinated and consistent approach between SISI and other projects delivering relevant actions within the project area.

Experience and skills


  • Experience in the management and coordination of volunteers.
  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Experience of strategic planning.
  • Experience of working in a capacity development role.
  • Ability to design courses and provide informal training to professionals and volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of facilitation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate clear messages to different audiences.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • A good understanding of community development principles.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of high profile communication campaigns.
  • A good knowledge of the third sector landscape in Scotland.
  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
  • Full clean UK driving licence.


  • Experience of using GIS (in ArcView or equivalent) to produce maps and perform spatial analysis.
  • Experience in working with communities.
  • Experience in website management and social media management.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 18th December 2018

Interviews: Mid-January 2018

Applications, which include a letter and CV, should be emailed to director@fnlft.org.uk. If you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to disability, please contact Valerie Wardlaw on 01309 611220 or e-mail admin@fnlft.org.uk The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Monday 18th December 2017. Successful applicants will be interviewed in mid-January 2018

This post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage. We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants from all sectors of society. If you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you.

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