The Ecology Centre is the home of our inclusive, community-led, environmental charity. Situated on the edge of Kinghorn Loch in Fife, the Ecology Centre enables people of all ages and abilities to experience, learn and benefit from the natural world. Our work is driven by 5 key incentives:

  • Education: promoting and enriching peoples experience of the environment to develop wellbeing and individual growth
  • Place: Developing our green spaces and place of work as areas to learn, play, and develop
  • Volunteer: Providing opportunities for people of all ages and ability to gain new skills, build confidence and overcome barriers to participation
  • Social enterprise: Supporting and developing avenues of income that engage and benefit our community
  • Working together: Collaborating with like-minded organizations to drive positive changes around our ethos

Our ethos is community led, sustainability driven, promoting well-being and equality. Our activities include a low carbon cafe, dementia friendly workshops, garden tool up-cycling, school group education, forest skills training and CPD, as well as for employability certification, the Centre is a venue for a wide range of environmental and community activities.

Purpose of role 

In collaboration with the General Manager and other key stakeholders, the Estate Manager will be responsible for developing and delivering an Ecologically aligned strategic plan for all land use. They shall also lead the Estate Team.


  • Develop and effectively implement a strategic plan for Ecological Estate land use and market garden/community growing
  • Development of funding applications related to Ecological land management, and community growing including monitoring and reporting back to funders, stakeholder and the wider community.
  • Line management/Leadership of Estate Team and volunteers
  • Teach ecological values and environmental land skills to the Estate Team and volunteers
  • Support and enable the education team as required
  • Work with the General Manager to oversee the implementation of the Ecologically driven land management plan for the site.
  • Recruit and develop ecologically aligned volunteering opportunities onsite.
  • Assist with website updates and be part of a social media strategy
  • Support communication strategies of the organisation
  • Be part of the Centres management Team
  • Report to Trustees on progress of projects and strategy
  • Cooperatively plan and host social gatherings, tours and educational workshops that promote the projects and overall aims of The Ecology Centre
  • Implement Zero Waste and sustainable approaches within our work
  • Deliver training and presentations to other groups, organisations, businesses etc to promote the work of the ecology centre.


Personal Qualities


  • Proven record of effective Ecological Land Management, and Community Growing
  • Proven record of effective Project Management
  • Proven record of effective people and volunteer management in a Social Enterprise Organisation
  • Proven record of strategy development and implementation.
  • Confident communicator, with the ability to engage with a wide stakeholder landscape and the community.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of effective fundraising

Personal qualities: 

  • Self-driven
  • Positive motivational attitude and a team player.
  • Excellent communicator with a wide range of audiences
  • Able to prioritise effectively
  • Visionary and able to develop and implement projects on time
  • Passionate about enhancing the environment
  • Roll the sleeves up and get stuck in if required to succeed
  • A leader who is collaborative, inspirational, and nurturing.


  • Minimum HND or Higher qualification in Environmental, Ecology or Sustainability subject
  • 5 years min proven experience in a similar land management, strategic development, and implementation leadership role.
  • Knowledge of Growing to support a market/community garden element.
  • This post will require some evening and weekend work, for which time in lieu will be available.

To apply please email Donna McArdle donna@theecologycentre.org