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Project Officer

  • Part time
  • £29,000 pro-rata
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Closing 5th April 2024

  • Advertised from 13th March 2024


The Organisation:

Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims and is a member of the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS). The Trust has a vision to see Lochwinnoch develop and thrive, and is managed by a Board of voluntary Directors. Our purpose is the advancement of community development and

regeneration, principally within the Lochwinnoch area. We currently employ one part-time member of staff as a Development Officer who works across multiple projects.

The Project:

Lochhead Social Garden Project is an exciting and bold plan to pursue further development of a one acre site, in the heart of the village. We are currently managing the site which hosts existing activity including a Community Larder operating under a local charity LEAP, and an outdoor holiday club for Primary and Nursery aged children called Wildcare.

We are now working towards a Community Asset Transfer for a 10 year lease via a live application. There is a steering group which supports the project made up of various stakeholders and Board members. The full Project Plan can be viewed here:


The next steps for the project are to bring our professional garden design plan to life and begin income generating projects that will help to sustain it longer term.

The Role:

We are seeking a Project Officer to lead on this initiative. It is an exciting opportunity for someone to work part-time on a flexible basis as part of a community-led organisation. Hours will be 21 per week, with occasional evening or weekend working as required. The salary will be £29K FTE pro-rata and the contract will last for three years initially with an annual salary review. This role will report to a steering group via a nominated Line Manager.

It is expected that across 2024 the role will be mainly focussed on development of the garden design plan and preparation for successive years moving on to include development of income generating projects which would sustain the site financially.

Duties will include:

  • Taking a broad overview of the project to plan and forecast workflows to ensure smooth delivery.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers in undertaking work upon the site.
  • Regular liaison with The Board, the Trust’s Development Officer, and all other stakeholders including Site Users and Community Partners; Developing relationships and carrying out consultations.
  • Update risk assessments and ensure governance is adhered to, including procurement of relevant insurances and application of licenses (market operators license, event licenses etc.)
  • Working closely with the Garden Designer, liaising with contractors and tradespeople to arrange works to be carried out inline with the Garden Design Plan: This might include connecting the site to mains water; landscaping and groundworks; building structures and workshops etc.
  • Responsibility for overall management of site, assets and equipment.
  • Responsible for communications; Contribute to newsletters and flyers; Update social media and website.
  • Identify funding needs and create funding plans using MS Excel/Google sheets.
  • Identify suitable funding streams, liaise with funders and submit applications; manage budgets and produce funding reports.
  • Set up income generating projects and work required for letting the garden for private hires and running markets. This work will likely commence after the main development has taken place. It might involve facilitating market days, managing event staff and taking bookings for hire.
  • Update the Business Plan and help with preparatory work for extension of lease agreement, and Community Asset Transfer process.


Applicants should have the following.

  • Previous experience of a similar role, with experience of working autonomously and staying motivated.
  • Experience of managing large budgets
  • Demonstrated experience of project delivery.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships internally and externally.
  • Excellent administration skills and IT skills, with ability to create and maintain spreadsheets and work with numerical/financial data.
  • Excellent references.

Application notes

Applicants should be available for one year minimum and be willing to commit to this role.

Driving licence and own transport will be advantageous but not essential.

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to LCDT, 39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire PA12 4AB

Application deadline: 05/04/2024, Expected start date: 01/05/2024