Callander’s Landscape is a community-led partnership, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Callander’s Landscape has fifteen partners including agencies, charitable trusts and community heritage groups. The project will deliver a range of cultural and natural heritage projects that will deliver this joint vision:

Through Callander’s Landscape we will change the way our landscape set within both the highlands and the lowlands is managed, understood, celebrated and linked to our town. Local people and visitors of all ages will enjoy and appreciate the important cultural, historical and natural features that surround us. We will leave a legacy that supports the town’s drive to become the outdoor capital of the National Park.


This is a unique opportunity to prepare for a career in the natural and cultural heritage sectors, whilst gaining a range of CV-boosting qualifications. You will complete a Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills and a Level 2 Award in Cultural Heritage. With the wide landscape focus of this role, you will help on a variety of Callander’s Landscape projects, gaining experience through on-the-job training in practical conservation and archaeological excavations. You will also have the opportunity to gain recognised industry qualifications.

You will work across a range of projects in support of Callander’s Landscape partners, helping with:

  • Habitat restoration, including woodlands, rivers and meadows;
  • Biodiversity monitoring;
  • Archaeological research, surveying and excavations;
  • Cultural heritage projects including oral history and Gaelic language;
  • Dark Skies.


You will be with us for 15 months and you will work 24 hours a week. During the first 3 months you will attend Canal College two days a week in Falkirk and the remaining one day in Callander. For the other 12 months you will be based in Callander and you will be working and training with a number of organisations.

  1. Callander Youth Project Trust will employ you and provide appropriate support and supervision.
  2. Callander’s Landscape staff team who are part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority will coordinate a series of hands-on work placements and training opportunities across a wide variety of natural and cultural heritage projects.
  3. SRUC Oatridge campus will provide support and will be working with you to complete your Modern Apprentice in Rural Skills as well as recognised industry qualifications, e.g. Outdoor First Aid, Brush-cutters and Trimmers.
  4. Keep Scotland Beautiful will support you to achieve a Level 2 award in Cultural Heritage at Canal College.


  • Support the planning and delivery of Callander’s Landscape volunteering and activities programme.
  • Support partners to deliver a range of natural environment projects which will include helping with practical tasks such as tree planting, path maintenance, vegetation control, biodiversity surveys and monitoring.
  • Support archaeology projects by taking part in archaeological research, surveys and excavations.
  • Support other cultural heritage projects, e.g. helping to transcribe and catalogue oral history recordings, assisting with Gaelic in the landscape guided walks.
  • Undertake a small project within the Callander Youth Hostel, the focus of which will be chosen by you.
  • Manage and maintain records, method statements and risk assessments in-line with the duties of the role.
  • Help to manage and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Create a portfolio to meet the requirements of the Modern Apprenticeship and the Cultural Heritage award.


We are looking to recruit a young person (aged 25 or under) with the drive to pursue a career in the natural and cultural heritage sector.

You will have:

  • A commitment and interest in the heritage sector;
  • Good organisation skills;
  • An interest in developing practical conservation and research skills,
  • Willingness to learn;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Capable of working flexibly within a team;
  • Capable of working independently.

You must be able to drive and/or have access to transport. You need to be able to travel to Falkirk to attend Canal College. As part of this role some evening and weekend working will be required. We anticipate that you would work approximately one weekend day a month.

You will work 24 hours a week and be paid £9 per hour. You will receive a monthly salary of £936, which equals a salary of £14,040 over 15 months.

Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] at Callander Youth Project.

Deadline for applications: Monday 22nd July at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6th August 2019 in Callander.
Contract start date is 9th September 2019
Contract end date: 7th Dec 2020.