We are looking for a dynamic individual with experience of partnership working, community facilitation and land management who can bring the businesses, communities and organisations of this remote rural area together to agree and develop a new approach to local development based on the wild heart of the area that will sustain local livelihoods.
The Wild Land project seeks to develop alternative economic options which support flourishing nature across the wild core of the area. At present, there are two predominant land-uses; farming (mostly sheep and cattle) and forestry (mostly commercial conifers). While these land uses will continue to be important, we believe there are other viable options to capitalise on natural and cultural assets of the area. Tourism currently has a very low profile, and there are few facilities for visitors in these valleys. Most of the accommodation, cafes and restaurants are in Moffat and Selkirk, 30 miles apart.
Developing an alternative vision will require a coordinated effort between landowners, communities, farmers, foresters, public bodies, NGOs, businesses and relevant experts. The people who live and work in the areas are those who know it best. Local people – stewards of the land and the wider community – will play an integral part in shaping and co-designing the project. The role of the postholder will therefore focus on reaching out and listening to people, communities and stakeholders within the Wild Land Area to engage them in shaping and co-designing the way the project develops.