Aberfeldy-based Scottish Native Woods is currently looking to take on a Project Assistant through a new initiative run by Community Jobs Scotland (CJS).
This offers workplace opportunities for young people who have been out of work for 6 months and who are looking for a way to get that crucial first step on the ladder. The scheme also recognises that it is difficult for many organisations and businesses to take on extra staff at present and, for this reason, a contribution towards costs of employment is made for the first six months.
Highland Perthshire Area Manager Victor Clements explained: “We have been thinking for some time of expanding our operations, but like many businesses, were a bit hesitant to take that leap of faith.
“This new scheme allows us to do this now with greater certainty, and it will provide an opportunity for someone to develop an interesting career in countryside management for themselves here in Highland Perthshire.
“Scottish Native Woods manage native woodlands, obviously, but we also get involved with a wide range of projects involving farmers, anglers, deer management groups, schools and a wide variety of community groups, as well as public sector organizations and a range of private businesses.
“We are looking to employ some-one with a good understanding and interest in countryside issues who can develop a role for themselves based around their own particular set of skills.

The recruit will receive proper induction training and experience of a variety of different work and, after 6 months, will be expected to help to deliver projects and develop work opportunities. Someone with a flair for marketing or desk-top publishing would be especially useful.
The work is for a minimum of 25 hours a week, so it may well be possible to fit this in around other training or commitments that people might have.
There is more background information on the website below. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 6 October, with interviews taking place on 12 October and ideally a start in post by the end of October.

Victor Clements
Scottish Native Woods



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