Seasonal Ecologist (Ben Lawers)

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £19,344 (pro rata)

Location: Ben Lawers

The role’s purpose is to assist the management of Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve (NNR) by carrying out botanical monitoring, as part of an ongoing programme, to inform management.

Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve (NNR) (by Killin, Perthshire): Ben Lawers NNR is one of the most important and iconic wildlife sites in the UK, supporting what is probably the best assemblage of rare mountain plants and habitats in Britain. The Lawers range was bought by the Trust in 1950, and was the first to be acquired primarily for nature conservation. Additional ground on the Tarmachan range was acquired in 1996. The reserve supports a large number of nationally rare or scarce species including vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes. It also supports a characteristic range of upland birds and mammals and has an outstanding diversity of invertebrates with many nationally rare or notable species. The natural heritage of Ben Lawers is of national and international significance (SSSI, NNR, SAC designations) and is as one of the top 10 nature conservation sites in Britain.

The Trust has gained a reputation for the high-quality conservation work at Ben Lawers which has been based on a programme of carefully focussed survey and monitoring work.

The Ben Lawers area is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty, as recognised by its inclusion in the Rannoch and Glen Lyon National Scenic Area. The Lawers and Tarmachan ranges dominate the Loch Tay & Killin area, partly due to Ben Lawers and its neighbours being the highest ground for many miles around, undoubtedly a major factor in the popularity of the area for tourism and holidays. The property attracts over 40,000 visitors and hillwalkers each year. The area’s special landscape qualities arise from the glacial history, physical grandeur and setting, natural beauty, human history, tranquillity, and sense of remoteness.

The property base is located in Lynedoch in Killin which provides office/meeting space, accommodation for seasonal and volunteer staff, equipment storage and a tree nursery.

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to the People Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via, by first post (i.e. 10.00am) on 14th May 2021.

Application Deadline: Friday 14/05/2021