Where to Watch Birds in Scotland - a free mobile app developed by the SOC

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Thank you for your interest in working for the SOC. 

Please see below for details of any upcoming vacancies:

Communications Officer Vacancy (maternity cover)

We are looking for a self-motivated, highly organised, tech-minded individual with excellent written communication skills and a passion for design to cover these key aspects of the SOC Development Officer's role during her maternity leave. This is an opportunity to be part of our small dedicated team of staff and play a vital role in developing the Club's profile online - showcasing its work and encouraging engagement in its activities.
Position: Communications Officer (Part-time, maternity cover)
Hours: Negotiable
Location: Waterston House, Aberlady (or home-based considered)
Salary: Negotiable, dependent on skills and experience           
Start Date: 1st November 2019  
Line Manager: Club Administrator

Managing the SOC website
Keeping the SOC website attractive, relevant and up-to-date is crucial. Experience of working on websites, an eye for detail, a passion for design and good communication skills are essential. For a detailed description, click here

Administering the SOC’s mobile app, Where to Watch Birds in Scotland
The app, launched in April this year, is a free resource and represents a major achievement for the Club. Feedback from the birding community has been excellent so far and we want to ensure that more people hear about this fantastic resource and that it continues to develop, with the addition of new birding sites and any content or technical issues addressed promptly. For more details, click here

Managing the Club’s social media channels
Our main social media platform is Facebook, where we promote HQ and its events, Local Branch news, activities and developments, new  publications (e.g. regional Atlasses and bird reports), major bird news and anything else that we feel is of interest to our 3,000 plus followers. We also have a Twitter account and actively share relevant tweets but there is scope for creating more of our own bird and birding-focussed material.  Recently we ventured into the world of Instagram, with an account set up to focus on HQ news and events. For more information, click here

Promoting Club events and branch activities
We currently make extensive use of the online marketing software, Mailchimp, to promote branch activities (including talks, outings and e-newsletters) as well as HQ and wider Club news and events. We also have a set of templates for producing eye-catching posters for branches to distribute locally. Other areas of support include ensuring branches are represented across the Club’s social media platforms,  facilitating a physical presence at local birding/wildlife events (providing promotional materials from HQ) and assisting where required with any implementation of follow-up actions from branch surveys or workshops.  For more details, click here

Interested in just certain aspects of the position? We would still like to hear from you!
We appreciate that this is a varied role so we are open to the idea of dividing it up between one or more individuals, if necessary. If after reading the more detailed job descriptions you are potentially interested in any of the duties outlined in the vacancy, please get in touch. For more information, call Wendy Hicks on 01875 871330 or email your CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.