JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce it is seeking to recruit a new member of staff to manage a key project, the Skye Ecomuseum II.

SCT announced in September last year that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. The HLF award will enable the construction of a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, new footpaths and interpretation, a central Staffin “orientation point”, an activity plan and the creation of a Programme Manager’s job on a three-year contract.

The programme manager’s job is a full-time contract until February 2020. He or she will be required to manage the project and its activity programme, as well as working closely on the re-branding and marketing of the Ecomuseum, the interpretation and new website. The job is in addition to the local development officer’s role currently carried out by Hugh Ross. A key objective of SCT’s board is to help Staffin’s fragile community and create employment in the district. This new job is an illustration of that target and the work carried out in the last few years to secure this project’s funding. It could not have happened without the support of the community.

The job advert is displayed below. It will also be advertised in the West Highland Free Press and via a range of other organisations, and shared locally. If anybody is interested in the post, please e-mail and request the job spec. Please note the deadline for applications.

The Skye Ecomuseum opened almost a decade ago and has been a signifcant success. It saw paths opened up at 14 different sites across the Staffin district including Lealt, Brothers Point, Garafad, Brogaig, Digg and Flodigarry and attractive interpretation was installed illustrating each area’s attributes including heritage, crofting, wildlife, geology, archaeology etc. Ceumannan is the Gaelic for footsteps.

SCT would like to thank Staffin Community Council, local crofting townships, residents and businesses including Staffin Primary School, Staffin Hall, The Wee Quilter, Skyelight Candles, Bealach Uige, Quiraing View, Columba 1400, Dun Flodigarry Youth Hostel and Portree Youth Hostel, for their input and support during the development phase. SCT is also very grateful for work put in by former local development officer Marion Beaton into the first round HLF application. Thanks are also due to Highland Council’s access officer Donald Kennedy, Alan Melrose of Walk Deeside Ltd, Arwell Jones, Einir Young, Gwenan Jones of the Llyn Ecomuseum in north Wales; Phil McCaherty at HIE; Scottish Natural Heritage’s Alex Turner; Ruth Meekings; Jock Gordon Design and Planning; David MacVicar and Ewen MacPherson at the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Inspections Division. It would also like to thank the consultant teams for the feasibility work carried out, including Chris York of Walking the Talk Ltd; Geoff Freedman; Muir Associates, Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services, Steve Westbrook and MacDonald Orr Design

Skye Ecomuseum Programme Manager

Manaidsear Ceumannan

Isle of Skye

Salary £25,000

Staffin Community Trust is seeking to employ a full-time Programme Manager on a fixed-term contract until February 2020.

The appointed person will have responsibility for the delivery of an exciting and varied programme of activities within the Skye Ecomuseum II project, also known as Ceumannan.

This post would suit someone with experience of project delivery within the cultural or educational sectors, such as schools, heritage, libraries, rangers, arts or environmental activities. To request a job spec and further details please e-mail Hugh Ross at

Closing date 4pm Thursday, April 20th 2017