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Job Description
Role: Loch Ken Alive Officer
Salary: £27,000 Per Annum
Employer: Southern Upland Partnership
Duration: Full Time, 3 years fixed term contract
Location: Based in Castle Douglas, but flexible across the project area
Applications deadline: Midday on 17th July 2019
We’re looking for a dynamic individual with experience of partnership working, event management and tourism who can bring the businesses, communities and organisations together to develop a new Loch Ken Management Plan and deliver an exciting programme of events and activities that will really put Loch Ken and the surrounding area on the map.
The role
The Loch Ken Alive project seeks to capitalise on the potential of Loch Ken and the surrounding area in order to promote the area as a tourist destination. The project will highlight the natural and cultural heritage assets of the area and bring together all activities available on the loch and in the surrounding area. This will be a very visible role in the local communities and beyond, drawing together the work of a variety of partners to raise the profile of the area and present a coherent, appealing and high-quality visitor destination.
The Loch Ken Advisory Management Committee (LKAMC), an established not-for-profit organisation that works with all stakeholders of Loch Ken and the surrounding area, is a key project partner.
The Loch Ken Alive project, in line with best practice for ‘place based’ tourism initiatives, has Loch Ken as the focus of activities but the area of activity is larger than that, running from Castle Douglas in the South to St John’s Town of Dalry in the North. This includes portions of Galloway Forest Park (with Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park), forms a key part of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere and a number of nature reserves.
The project consists of four main activities:
1) Develop & write a new Loch Ken Management Plan, in consultation with the Loch Ken Advisory Management Committee, to co-ordinate visitor, local and natural considerations
2) Launch of an online facility for Loch Ken and surrounding area
3) Design, project manage and implement a series of events and activities around the area
4) Create an advertising campaign drawing upon the natural and cultural heritage offering
The Loch Ken Alive project is one of a number of projects forming part of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme (‘Galloway Glens’), funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland and supported by partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council and the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. The five-year delivery phase of the Galloway Glens Scheme is now underway, running until March 2023.
The Officer will be employed by the Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) on behalf of the Galloway Glens team. SUP is a rural development charity that has been working across Southern Scotland for over 20 years developing and promoting opportunities and initiatives that help sustain natural and cultural environment whilst also supporting the rural economy. ( The role will be managed and supported by a small steering group comprising the Chairman of the Loch Ken Management Advisory Committee, a representative of Southern Upland Partnership and a representative of the Galloway Glens Scheme.
The main office base will be with the core Galloway Glens team, in Castle Douglas, ensuring the project is embedded into the wider suite of Galloway Glens activities, with travel and flexible working across the project area.
          Terms and conditions

  • You will need to have access to your own transport, be willing to drive, and will reclaim work mileage at a rate of 45p per mile.
  • Leave is accrued at 3 days per full month worked.
  • Time off in lieu for evening / weekend work.
  • SUP makes an 8% pension contribution to the NEST scheme for all employees
  • The Southern Uplands Partnership is an equal opportunities employer and we will consider all applications including from those interested in working part time.

    Contract and notice

  • This is a fixed term, 3 year contract.
  • Four weeks notice in writing is required.

    Application Process

  • Applications are sought in writing, clearly specifying the skills and experience you can bring to the role accompanied by a CV detailing your education / employment history and the names of two referees one of whom should be your most recent employer.
  • Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 17th July 2019
  • Interviews will be held in Castle Douglas on 7th August 2019

     Application to be e-mailed to: Ed Forrest –