Plantlife International are looking for someone with a passion for plant conservation to lead our Cairngorms Rare Plants and Wild Connections project, which is focused on conserving and enhancing the populations of some of the rarest plants and their habitats in the Cairngorms.

The Project Manager will lead this work, coordinating, delivering, and driving the project forward. We’re looking for someone with skills and experience in ecology, project management and community engagement. You’ll be line managing the project’s Community Scientist, and you’ll be part of the motivated and friendly Plantlife Scotland team.

This role would suit someone who can take on and deliver an ambitious project, meeting targets and deadlines, and also able to move quickly to take advantage of opportunities to maximise our impact.

If you would like to use your ecological and project management skills in the Caledonian pine forests and high mountains of the Cairngorms, we would love to hear from you.


Salary: £28,500 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Hours of work: Part time – 3.5 days per week (24.5 hours )

Length of post: Fixed Term Contract until 30th March 2024

Location: Home-based but the post holder should be based within or with easy access to the Cairngorms National Park. Office space is available (Covid restrictions dependent) at the NatureScot office at Achantoul, Aviemore.


  • 34 days’ holiday per annum (including bank holidays).
  • Additional day’s leave awarded on completion of 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th year of employment.
  • Operational closure between Christmas and New Year in addition to the above.

Other benefits:

Contributory pension scheme – 6% employer contribution
Death in service benefit – 3 x salary
Support with flexible working
Employee Assistance Programme

Please visit our website for further details on how to apply and to view the full job description: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/jobs


About Plantlife International

Established in 1989, Plantlife International is the only UK charity dedicated to conserving wild flowers, plants and fungi in their natural habitats and helping people enjoy and learn about them.

Our mission is simple – to secure a world rich in plants and fungi. Underpinning the health of our environment, wild plants and fungi are the foundation upon which we can help resolve the climate, ecological and societal challenges we face.

We aim to:

·         Protect and restore the diversity of wild plants and fungi to enhance our countryside, towns and cities.

·         Connect people with nature to improve wellbeing and inspire action to save species and their habitats.

·         Work in partnerships so that all people and all sectors of society can contribute to tackling the climate and nature crisis we face.

·         Collaborate and influence on the world stage to empower societies across the globe to help protect plants and fungi.

Successful delivery of this strategy will lead to a world full of colour, beauty and life – from inner cities to our wildest places. Plants, and the animals that depend on them, will thrive and be connected in every way possible. Our practical work in furtherance of these aims encompasses a wide and varied programme. We own 23 nature reserves across the UK and carry out conservation and outreach work on our own land and in partnership with others, such as the National Trust, RSPB and the Forestry Commission. We advise landowners and publish best practice guidance. We carry out research and gather data to inform government policy. We engage people of all ages and abilities in plant conservation and education and give everybody opportunities to enjoy wildflowers. We work overseas with bodies such as the IUCN and Kew and, as a lead partner in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, identify Important Plant Areas across the world and plan their conservation with government and community groups.

We are governed by a board of 9 trustees, chaired by Professor David Hill OBE. Our Patron is His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Philip Mould is our President and Rachel de Thame Vice President.

We have around 65 staff, located in our Salisbury head office, at other Plantlife offices or at home. Plantlife Cymru and Plantlife Scotland each have devolved responsibilities. We also have a team of 1500 volunteers who work in the field, at events and in our offices. Of our annual £3.2m expenditure, £2.9m is spent on conservation and communication work.

A large proportion of our income derives from our 14,000 loyal members and supporters.  We also receive funding from the UK governments and their conservation agencies, grant making bodies such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Land Fill tax funds, donations from charitable trusts and foundations as well as income from business partners and fundraising events.

Plantlife is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

For more information, please visit our website: www.plantlife.org.uk.  You will also find information there about our trustees, our policies and projects, as well as our annual reports and accounts.