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Borders Forest Trust seeks a part time Engagement Officer.

Salary 22k-24k pro rata


Borders Forest Trust (BFT) is a charity organisation established in 1996 that focusses on restoring native woodlands and woodland culture primarily in the south of Scotland.  Its work includes a landscape scale ‘Wild Heart’ ecological restoration initiative in the Southern Uplands, supporting community woodland groups through the region and promoting sustainable woodland management, education and wellbeing. 


A key part of BFT’s mission is to engage the wider community in woodland restoration and management, promote better access to it, and encourage the development of woodland culture. BFT has a growing and enthusiastic volunteer base that meaningfully contributes to BFT activities including tree planting, woodland management and biodiversity monitoring. There is also a strong interest from various institutions to visit and jointly collaborate on our sites, with a range of mutually beneficial purposes from education and research, skills development and wellbeing improvement. In addition we engage local communities, land owners, managers, users and various interested parties through our work. 


The post of Engagement Officer will provide a rewarding and varied set of tasks. You will be part of a small and enthusiastic team and have the opportunity to contribute to restoring native woodlands and reviving woodland culture in some of the most beautiful ‘wilderness’ and woodland sites in the south of Scotland working with a broad range of people and organisations. 


The work will involve a balance between office and outdoor work, requiring someone with a mix of skills, on one hand exceptional communication (including IT and social media skills), coordination and interpersonal skills and on the other hand an aptitude and passion for ‘hands on’ outdoor conservation and woodland development work.






  • A suitable qualification and/or strong commensurate track record in delivering practical outdoor education, volunteer or community group leading. 
  • A suitable qualification and/or practical experience in conservation, forestry or other related field experience. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with outgoing positive attitude, a full range of face-to-face, phone and social media communication skills. 
  • Strong organisational and logistical skills, prioritising, time management and multi-tasking. 
  • Good written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work flexibly as required including evening and weekend work in different locations mainly throughout the south of Scotland. 
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to undertake physical activities in often challenging weather conditions. 
  • A passion for wild places and woodlands.  


Please submit an application no later than 12.00 noon on Monday the 22nd of April, 2019. 


Please submit by Email with the subject ‘Application for Engagement Officer’ to enquiries@bordersforesttrust.org


  1. A concise cover letter which explains your suitability for the position matched against the key duties and requirements. 
  2. A CV.
  3. Two professional references.  


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