Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust

Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire
£26,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

fiona.wellings@lochalsh.uk 07972869584 Fiona Wellings

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 1st November 2020  

Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust is committed to instigating and delivering social, economic, and environmental regeneration projects and local services. We are fully focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Lochalsh and the visitors to our spectacular location on the west coast of Scotland. We aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of our community which, despite its magnificent geographic setting, has been identified as one of the most economically fragile in the Highlands. We work to generate income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. As a not-for-profit organisation, all our trading surpluses are reinvested in the community.

The Plock in Kyle of Lochalsh is a large area of land, around 60 acres, on the outskirts of the Kyle at the access point to the Skye Bridge. In 2019 we took ownership of the Plock and adjacent former Skye Bridge Toll Office, and developed an extensive Masterplan that identifies projects that will be developed there. The Plock, which lies within the UNESCO-designated Wester Ross Biosphere, is a wonderful place to explore. It has a wide variety of habitats: wildflower meadows, native woodland, areas of dry and boggy heath, exposed lichen-covered rock, a series of hidden rocky coves and an elevated viewpoint which gives excellent views across to Skye and Raasay.

In 2019, Kyle of Lochalsh was chosen by the Highland Green Health Partnership (HGHP) as one of 3 pilot sites in the Highlands to study social prescribing of green activities. Supported by the HGHP, its project’s steering group for Kyle and KLCT’s new project staff – Ranger and an Outdoor Learning & Wellbeing Officer, the Plock will play an important role in the delivery of socially prescribed green activities. This will include a Community Shed workspace at the Toll Office, where community craft workshops and a Men’s Shed programme will run from.

The three year project will improve the condition of the Plock and introduce a variety of conservation volunteering opportunities and activities that will connect people with the Plock, improve their health and well-being and help to learn new skills. The Ranger and an Outdoor Learning & Wellbeing Officer will work as a team, supported by KLCT staff and volunteers.

We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic Ranger who will oversee the maintenance and management of the Plock; the infrastructure projects works; the work of our keen conservation volunteers; the Community Shed project as well as help to deliver activities and work to raise awareness of the Plock.

The successful applicant will be offered the post initially on a 3-month probationary period. It is anticipated that the job will be based in the Trust’s office in Kyle but this will depend on Covid-19 restrictions at the time of appointment. The post carries 33 days’ annual leave
(inclusive of public holidays. Employer pension contributions of 5% are offered. Interviews will be week commencing 9 November.

For more information on the role and on how to join our small, friendly and dynamic team please go to www.lochalsh.uk or contact Fiona.Wellings@lochalsh.uk

A CV and a supporting cover letter detailing your suitability to the job as well as relevant experience and qualifications to admin@lochalsh.uk before midday on the 1st November.

This post is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, Highland Green Health Partnership and KLCT.

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