Development Officer

Employer Scottish Wildlife Trust
Location Edinburgh and the East
Specific Location Working from home with occasional office visits to Leith
Salary £26, 684 pro-rata
Closing Date Midday, Monday 5th October 2020


Nature in Scotland has suffered from centuries of exploitation which has resulted in massive and widespread loss of wildlife and habitats. Our beautiful and diverse landscapes, stunning coastline and incredible marine ecosystems have had a huge toll taken on them through changes to agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, urban development and industrialisation. While some habitat loss and degradation has slowed over the past 20 years, so much more can still be done to help preserve these amazing places and the species that inhabit them.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is at the forefront of fighting to protect our wildlife and wild places for the future.

As Scotland’s biggest wildlife conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is a group of dedicated, close-knit staff who genuinely want to make a difference to Scotland’s natural environment. For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems supporting Scotland’s wildlife and people.

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 116 wildlife reserves across Scotland, covering more than 19,000 hectares, and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

With 90% of Scotland’s population living within just 10 miles of a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve, these places are managed to benefit both people and wildlife. The work of the Trust is varied across major species and landscape projects such as protecting Ospreys, peatland restoration and the reintroduction of Atlantic woodlands on a landscape scale. They also manage wildlife reserves; deliver education work and campaign for nature.

For the Scottish Wildlife Trust to successfully deliver their strategic vision and goals they have to grow their income via fundraising and critical to this is the Development Officer. Due to maternity leave, the opportunity has arisen for a new person to join the Trust in this role and provide continuity within income generation across a 9-month contract.

The Development Officer will have a specific focus on supporting the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s systems for the cultivation of high-value givers, High Net Worth (HNW) and major donors. You will also spend time researching your donor demographic and being the first point of contact within the Trust; assisting the Chief Executive in building relationships; creating compelling cases for support, bid development and preparing pitches; using Raiser’s Edge to maintain records; developing and delivering outstanding donor stewardship.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will be experienced in the stewardship of these relationships and should be very pro-active, enthusiastic and passionate about the cause and work of the Trust.

You will have had a minimum of 1 years’ experience in a professional fundraising capacity including raising funds from individual donors. The Scottish Wildlife Trust use Raisers Edge and it is essential that the Development Officer comes with experience and confidence using this platform or a similar relational database.

Owing to the pandemic, this position is home-based with occasional visits to the HQ in Edinburgh (Leith) and while this may change to being based full time at HQ (depending on government guidelines) it is critical that the Development Officer has the drive and independent nature to work from home initially. To support this, you will be organised, self-motivated and confident in your ability and judgement.

Are you engaged by the work of the Scottish Wildlife Centre and have you got the experience required to succeed in this role? Do you want to embrace a key role in the fundraising team and help deliver on their fundraising goals? If so, please contact our recruitment team for further information and to make an application.


This search is being conducted exclusively for the Scottish Wildlife Trust by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Please email [email protected] or call us on 01786 542 224 to request an information pack, full job description and person specification.

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Midday, Monday 5th October 2020

Interview Date: Friday 9th October 2020


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