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28th July 2023

We’re Hiring! Project Support Officer (Communities) role for early career applicants

Project Support Officer – Communities

12 month contract, full time (37.5hrs)

Salary – £21,255 p.a. (Real Living Wage)

Location – Hybrid (office & home working with additional travel across the Biosphere region)

Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere is inviting applications for a Project Support Officer (Communities) role.  This is a full time, 12-month post which pays the Real Living Wage and is suitable for early career applicants, most likely young people (aged 30 or under) who are seeking experience in a Third Sector organisation.

Whether it be a next step in exploring how your course of study applies to the real world, a chance to try out a certain career path, or for the opportunity of meeting professionals currently working in your field of interest, the Biosphere’s Project Support Officer role provides a chance for you to be part of an organisation that is both local and global.

Our UNESCO Biosphere designation was awarded in 2012, recognising not only the unique landscapes and environments of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire but also the array of local opportunities for sustainable development.  Over the decade since the Biosphere has delivered a wide range of projects and initiatives with partners across southwest Scotland, covering wildlife conservation, business and enterprise, sustainable tourism, heritage projects, and environmental education.  We have also grown a thriving network of Proud Supporters, Biosphere Communities and Biosphere-certified businesses, which together are working to make life better for people and nature.

The Role

We’re looking for someone who is committed to the sustainability ethos of UNESCO Biospheres who will work with local communities across Galloway and Southern Ayrshire helping them grow into strong and resilient places where people will want to live and work.

Working within the Communities and Education team, you’ll be supporting the development and delivery of programmes and projects related to our Biosphere Communities, including community-based tourism, climate resilience, and health and wellbeing, through meaningful and engaging initiatives that will make life better for the people, the environment and the economy of our UNESCO Biosphere.

From time to time you’ll also support other members of the Biosphere team in their work with land managers, local businesses as appropriate and will be able to call on them for their specialist input to your initiatives as well.

Please download the PDF below for a full description of the role and the knowledge and skills required, plus guidance on how to submit your application. The application form (Word) is also below.

Project Support Officer (Communities) – Job Description & Person Specification

Project Support Officer (Communities) – Application Form

Closing date for applications: 12pm on 21st August 2023

Proposed interview date: 31st August 2023

Application and further enquiries to:

Jenna Cains, Community & Education Lead Officer


Tel: 07436 030223

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