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Project Development Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,000 – £27,000
  • KPT Office, Main Street, Penpont, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Closing 23rd February 2024

  • Advertised from 12th February 2024
  • Permanent, Full-Time (Part-Time / Job Sharing will be considered)


The KPT Development Trust (KPTDT) is a charitable company, established in 2018 to work with local people, community councils, the regional council and others, to tackle:

• jobs, disadvantage and conditions of life generally;

• the provision of local services and infrastructure;

• the protection, improvement and promotion of the local environment; and

• the advancement of the local, cultural heritage;

across the rural communities of Keir, Penpont and Tynron.

Since its establishment, the Trust has:

• opened and maintained a central office / drop-in resource centre, with a part-time Development Officer;

• set up a hydro-electric scheme which produces green energy and raises funds for community projects;

• opened a community café, meeting place and art gallery which employs 7 part-time staff (3 full-time equivalent) and 7 volunteers;

• created a community garden employing a part-time gardener working with a team of around a dozen volunteers;

• developed a bicycle-friendly infrastructure and e-bike rental scheme with an associated events programme;

• promoted and signposted local walks and cycling routes;

• constructed the first phase of a 3.5-km active travel path which will eventually join the community with Thornhill a safe and sustainable way;

• provided broadband in local village halls;

• supported nearly 100 households during the recent cost of living crisis with loft insulation, shop and cafe vouchers, fuel, blankets and flasks, etc.;

• completed a feasibility study and public consultation for a proposed affordable housing scheme for local residents.

The Trust keeps local residents aware of all of these developments, and more, through a weekly bulletin that is emailed to local households, posted on Facebook and circulated as hard copies to local community sharing boxes.

This is a rare opportunity to work in a beautiful part of rural Dumfriesshire, Scotland, helping to develop and sustain local communities. The right person will be a sociable, self-starter who will help the Trust to maintain, manage and promote its many achievements to date as well as developing new projects in tandem with directors, volunteers and other members of the local community.

Application notes

For more information and a job description / person specification, please contact iain Wilson at

Applicants should submit a CV with covering letter to the same address by 5pm on Friday 23 February.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates in Penpont, Dumfries & Galloway on Monday 4 March.