Development Manager

The post holder will be responsible for developing a Heritage Lottery Fund application for Froglife’s Come Forth for Wildlife project.  The post will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will liaise very closely with the Senior Management Team (Development Manager for Education, Learning and Communications; Head of Projects & Science & Research Manager).

The delivery phase of this project will contain a substantial element of habitat creation and improvement.  An Ecologist will be responsible for developing this element of the project, but their work will be overseen by the Development Manager.

Person Specification

Essential criteria                                                                

  • Minimum three years experience working within a related field preferably at a Project Manager level.
  • Sound knowledge of the conservation sector, conservation issues and delivering public involvement conservation activities.
  • Good knowledge of the Valley of Forth including demographics and nature areas.
  • Experience in developing new projects.
  • Experience in audience development and communication strategies. Preferably with experience in conducting community consultations.
  • Experience in working with various partner organisations and developing new partnerships.
  • Experience in arranging and delivering wide ranging activities/events.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience in giving presentations and talks, and in writing donor reports.
  • Sound financial acumen including experience in budgeting.


  • Professional qualification in a conservation/ecology/wildlife-related field.

Job description

The main areas that have been prioritised for the development phase are as follows:

1.     Develop a detailed activity plan identifying specific activities, venues, timings, audiences, volunteers and other support requirements. Main activities as currently identified:

  • Mapestry: This is a wildlife themed tapestry. The Development Manager will be responsible for obtaining quotes from fabric artists and selecting the most suitable professional.  A minimum of twelve mapestry workshops will be hosted in the region and venues will be confirmed during the development phase.
  • Virtual reality activity: work with virtual reality specialists to ensure the activity is locally relevant and high quality.
  • Wildlife Gardening Workshops: 60 workshops will be delivered during the delivery stage of the project. The Development Manager will be responsible for identifying allotment and community groups and venues for each of the workshops.
  • Training courses: 20 training two day training courses to landowners/managers/volunteers.  The Development Manager will identify suitable groups for training and venues/sites.
  • Public events: Attending 10 large-scale public events with a Pond Doctor Advisory Centre. The Development Manager will be responsible for identifying suitable events to attend, booking events and planning and sourcing materials for the Pond Doctor Advisory Centre.
  • Public Consultations: Set-up and deliver a series of public consultations to identify four residential areas with suitable wildlife corridors and garden permeability. This will include a residential and green space mapping exercise.
  • Working alongside the Development Manager for Education, Learning and Communications to develop an Audience Development and Communications Plan.

To include:

  • Identifying how to attract the target audiences.
  • Identifying project promotional materials and scheduling into activity plan.

2.     Liaise with stakeholders/project supporters/allotment holders and others to obtain letters of support.

3.     Work with Froglife Ecologist to ensure that habitat sites are scheduled in the timetable and necessary documentation is in place as appendices to the Activity Plan such as Habitat Action Plans for each site; Management & Maintenance Plan and Conservation Plan.

4.     Working with the Froglife Ecologist to develop the training programme and to include into the activity plan and Audience Development and Communication Plan.

  • Training elements: theoretical and practical species identification; surveying and monitoring methodology; habitat creation
  • Identifying venues
  • Training support materials

How to Apply

Please send a two page CV with a covering letter specifying how you meet the job requirements. Applications to be sent to

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Key Information




The Froglife Trust


Fixed Term


Full Time


Mid Level


Biodiversity, Communication, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Nature & Wildlife


Forth Valley Region, Scotland, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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