New Caledonian Woodlands Manager

New Caledonian Woodlands Ltd

£30,000 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 0131 664 5256 Dawn Hickie

Reference: NCW18-01

Sectors: sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 26th January 2018   5 days left

The organisation

New Caledonian Woodlands is a charity (SC043960) delivering projects with a focus on Edinburgh and the Lothians. There are 2 primary aims rooted at our core, intimately inter-twined: to encourage environmental sustainability and connection & to support people to improve their mental wellbeing and employability. Our forum for doing this is local woodland and orchard sites. We have grown gradually since 2006, starting out with 1 staff member but now having a staff team of 8 (5.2 fte). We are a small grassroots charity with a value-led and innovative approach that over the past 11 years has generated effective outcomes that have become progressively stronger. 

Our values

  1. Integrity: Always being true to our core mission and to our values
  2. Contribution: Enabling people to achieve positive change.
  3. Connection: Deepening relationships with people and with the planet.
  4. Experiential: Learning that engages the whole person.
  5. Warmth: Personable and sensitive – a warm welcome and a fond farewell.
  6. Courageous: A willingness to be brave – to stand by our values to achieve amazing things.
  7. Inclusive: Welcoming diversity and empowering people to flourish.
  8. Enterprising: Visionary and forward thinking in the pursuit of environmental and financial sustainability.

Our projects

People projects:

  1. Good Wood. Woodland-based therapeutic activity for people experiencing mental ill-health.
  2. Fruitful Woods. Project for people experiencing mental ill-health but who are closer to returning to employment and need to gain experience and confidence in a work environment.
  3. Fruitful Woods Collective. Supporting 8 Fruitful Woods alumni in setting up as linked sole traders, using the craft skills they have gained from their Fruitful Woods placement.
  4. Branching Out. Woodland-based therapeutic activity for people experiencing mental ill-health, delivered on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Planet projects:

  1. Re-skilling Workshops. Teaching people forgotten skills for a more sustainable future.
  2. Woodland Weekends. Native species woodland creation, management and restoration events for volunteers.
  3. Team Challenge. Community-based environmental team challenge events for corporate groups that deliver free environmental benefits for community sites (schools, hospitals, woodlands and community centres).
  4. Community Wood-fuel project. Giving people the opportunity to work collectively in local native species woodlands to sustainably extract wood-fuel that can be used to heat their homes while also improving woodland biodiversity and resilience.
  5. Westburn Climate Action Network. Working in partnership with Whale Arts (Wester Hailes) to deliver a Scottish Government ‘Climate Challenge Fund’ funded sustainability project focused on food growing, recycling and reuse and sustainable transport.

Purpose of role:

New Caledonian Woodlands exists to nurture people and nurture the planet.  We are looking for the right person to lead us in our next chapter – a leader with the skills required to nurture our team and our organisation to enable us to achieve great things. The Manager will provide direction and financial security to advance our aims whilst also supporting and inspiring the team to deliver excellent results.

Please download an application pack from our website for full post details.

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