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Equalities Outreach Officer (Scotland)

  • Part time
  • £27,040 – £33,280 pro-rata
  • Scotland (Home-based or hybrid with access to Edinburgh co-working office and team meetings/connect days in Edinburgh)
  • Closing 2nd April 2023

  • Advertised from 13th March 2023
  • Contract: 12 months fixed term Hours: up to 25 hours per week, worked flexibly


About us

Since 1935, we’ve been doing everything we can to make sure everyone everywhere can enjoy nature on foot. We lead the way, and the walks, for a community of over 100,000 walkers. And we help thousands more every year find their feet out in the open to boost their wellbeing naturally.

The Ramblers is a charity dedicated to removing barriers so everyone can enjoy walking in green spaces and to preserving and improving hundreds of thousands of miles of well-loved paths, tracks, and trails across England, Scotland, and Wales. We're committed to campaigning to keep our countryside open to all and to fight for the things that matter most to walkers.

Purpose of Role

The Equalities Outreach Program (Scotland) is an initiative to open the outdoors to groups that feel excluded and marginalised from the sector. Year one will focus on establishing community-based contacts in urban areas and testing a delivery framework with a focus on refugees, asylum seekers and people from minority ethnic communities.

Your work will be exploratory and experimental in nature, and define how we:

  • Create experiences for individuals and community groups.
  • Provide skills that support people to enjoy walking independently, and with friends and family.
  • Enable community support organisations to embed walking activity into their support offer.
  • Create bridges between existing Ramblers groups and marginalised communities.

The role

The initial focus will be on engaging with organisations which support refugees and asylum seekers, and with Scotland’s minority ethnic communities.

Action research. By taking a ‘learning by doing’ approach you will map community assets, evaluate the transferability of existing Ramblers approaches and develop new ways of working that help us to get more people walking. You will be resilient and motivated to learn through creative exploration.

Engaging stakeholders. You will identify and engage with a range of community-based organisations in Scotland. By providing support, advice and training they will extend their programmes to include brilliant walking experiences for community members. You’ll appreciate what partners can bring to the table, and work with them to co-design programmes of activity with and for community members.

Engaging with communities. As a walk leader and a trainer, you will share your passion for walking so that marginalised groups can experience the outdoors. By leading inspiring introductory walks, delivering skills courses in the outdoors, and supporting volunteers, you will bring to life the joy of walking for everyone.

Impact and evaluation. You will understand the importance of gathering data to demonstrate reach and impact. Collaborating with the wider Ramblers team, you will ensure appropriate data and reporting processes are in place to monitor and report on the impact of this work.

Working with volunteers. Collaborating with the wider Ramblers team and our volunteers, you will support us to develop effective ways to build bridges into existing Ramblers walking groups, helping to create a warm welcome for everyone.

Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required of the post holder by the Ramblers.

The person


  • Lowland leader or Hill and Moorland leader qualification (or the ability to work towards qualification immediately).
  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Experience of developing strong, collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to develop mutually beneficial activities and outcomes.
  • Experience of working with local community organisations to support change in the 3rd sector.
  • Experience of delivering public health or sport and physical activity programmes.
  • Experience of implementing change and working with others to adopt new ways of working.
  • Understanding of audience motivations, barriers to inclusion and the links between physical activity and physical and mental health outcomes.
  • A good understanding of volunteering and experience of supporting volunteers.
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk in relation to physical activities.
  • Experience of working within a member-led organisation.

Skills and Leadership

  • Co-ordination, planning and organisational skills.
  • Interpersonal skills to help build strong relationships with community members, partners and other colleagues.
  • Communication skills to gain commitment from partners and lead collaborative problem-solving.
  • Skills in leading safe and inspiring group walks in lowland and/or hill & moorland environments
  • Facilitation and training skills – in-person and online.
  • Ability to diagnose problems, provide solutions and make logical, timely decisions.
  • IT skills and competent in the use of Zoom, MS Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to analyse data, pay attention to detail and present verbal and written reports.

Personal Attributes

  • Active and demonstrable interest in walking and engaging people with the outdoors.
  • Commitment to the principles of inclusion and enabling everyone to feel welcome in the outdoors, with a particular understanding of the needs of people seeking asylum, refugees and people from minority ethnic communities.
  • Resilient with the ability to balance competing demands.
  • Flexible and able to develop strong, collaborative relationships and work in a team.
  • Drive – to do a great job – and to help those around you learn from your experiences.
  • Access to own transport and willing to travel and spend some evenings and weekends away from home.
  • Willing to undertake training and professional development to ensure skills and knowledge are up to date.

The Ramblers promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Values and Behaviours

Our values are the core principles that guide us daily in our work and our membership of the Ramblers. We all share the passion that walking is for everyone and by living our shared values we can ensure the Ramblers is an organisation to be proud of.

Our values will earn trust for the Ramblers brand which will allow us to open up a world of walking opportunities for even more people.

Inclusive – We make everyone feel welcome and part of the Ramblers community. We make sure we all feel respected and accepted and know our contributions make a difference in achieving our mission.

Inspiring– We strive to inspire people through the way we act and the things we say. We channel our passion and ambition, so others are moved to help us achieve our mission.

Empowering – We empower and encourage each other to make a positive contribution to our teams and the Ramblers. We do all we can to make sure everyone has the ability, and feels confident, to take action.

Responsible– We take responsibility for ourselves and those around us seriously, by always acting in a safe and supportive way. We care about the environment and make sure we do what we say we will do.

Please note that we do reserve the right to close this advert early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Closing date: 2 April 2023