Handa Island Ranger

Status: 6 Month Fixed Term from March- September 2024

Salary: £24,000-£25,600 pro rata per annum 

Hours: Individual, 35 hours per week; Job-share, 24.5 hours per week each individual

Location: Handa Island, Sutherland

Closing date: 11 December 2023, 12 noon 


About us: 

For nearly 60 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of over 100 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.


The Role:

Applications from both job-share or individual candidates will be considered.

(Accommodation provided is suitable for one sharing couple taking up a job-share arrangement, or for one individual ranger).

This exciting role requires excellent organisational skills, coupled with a high degree of flexibility. You will be responsible for organising work programs for yourself and a team of volunteers, with the ability to constantly adapt your plan according to changing conditions. Living and working with your team, and other occasional guests, will play to your excellent people skills, and you will be comfortable in a highly sociable environment. This role at times can be physically demanding yet hugely rewarding and will more than satisfy your desire to work outdoors in a remote and stunning location. Familiarity with Handa Island would be an advantage however not essential. Weekly trips to Scourie (the nearest, but remote village) are necessary to do laundry, banking, shopping, and exchange gas bottles, therefore, a current driving licence and access to a vehicle are both essential for the role.

Accommodation for the post is provided free of charge in the purpose-built Ranger’s bothy.


The successful candidate(s) will ideally:

  • have a high degree of emotional maturity, resilience and flexibility
  • have excellent people skills, and thrive in a very sociable environment
  • be able to work under their own initiative and as part of a close-knit team
  • be able to organise, supervise and motivate a small team
  • have exceptional verbal communication skills to maintain relationships with stakeholders
  • have good practical skills and experience to carry out or arrange necessary maintenance on the island
  • have a thorough knowledge of seabird monitoring methodology and practice
  • have sound knowledge of marine and terrestrial natural history
  • be able to produce an annual report on the season’s activities


Download full role description here!


How to apply:

Apply via the following page https://scottish-wildlifetrust.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/3320798?cid=3257 by the closing date.

Closing date for applications is: 11 December 2023, 12 noon

What we offer:

· Salary sacrifice schemes including Cycle to work & Pension schemes;

· We have always been hugely flexible in our approach to how you wish to work and continue to offer a flexible approach.

· Hybrid-Working

· 1 Wellness hour per week

· Enhanced Pension rate upon completion of probation

· Sick Pay Allowance

· Enhanced Maternity/ Paternity Leave

· Training and Development

If you would like more information, please phone 0131312 4718 or email recruitment@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

The Trust is a passionate employer, proactive about creating a culture of diversity and inclusive workplace that promotes and values equal opportunities for all. We welcome individuals from all networks of life, backgrounds, and experiences.


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