Working to protect Scotland’s countryside

APRS promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes from the Green Belt around towns and cities out to the forest, hills and mountains.

About APRS

APRS CAMPAIGNS

Deposit Return

Find out how we led the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign for Deposit Return to come to Scotland. We did it! Coming in 2022.

APRS LEARNING

Have you seen our new educational resources?

Deposit Return, Green Belts and National Parks - educator notes, worksheets, maps, video and game. Book a free visit with our APRS Education Manager.

Support APRS

Become a member of APRS or make a donation to support our campaigning, partnership and local community work to protect Scotland's countryside.

Support APRS

Job Vacancy – Director

25 hours per week

£30,000 + 3% employer pension contribution

Edinburgh/working from home

Closing date  Friday 3 June

Interviews  Thursday 30 June

Background

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) is the leading voice for all of Scotland’s rural landscapes, working to tackle the climate emergency and to promote sustainable land use for both people and nature. We empower local communities, promote effective planning systems, champion sustainable rural development and raise awareness of the vital social and economic benefits of Scotland’s rural landscapes. We do this through education, community engagement, innovative projects, high-level advocacy and partnership working. APRS is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. We currently run three projects:

  • The APRS Green Belts Alliance, which campaigns for stronger protection for Green Belts around Scotland’s towns and cities and supports local action groups
  • The Scottish National Parks Strategy Project1, which successfully campaigned for more National Parks in Scotland
  • The Have You Got The Bottle? campaign, which successfully persuaded the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers

Our current Director2 John Mayhew retires at the end of 2022, so we plan to appoint a new Director by August to allow sufficient time for a handover period, probably during November. This will be an exciting time to lead this dynamic organisation, as there is such great potential both to build on its recent successes and to grasp new opportunities.

Role

The Director leads and manages all aspects of the work of APRS on behalf of its Executive Committee. Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and delivery of the APRS business strategy, including developing and raising funds for new projects and managing existing projects and core activities

  • Influence key public sector decision-makers and partners through policy development and advocacy with respect to Scotland’s rural landscapes

  • Lead, manage and develop a small team of staff and volunteers

  • Manage the charity’s governance, budget and resources

  • Respond to requests for advice from APRS members and others on protecting their local landscapes through the planning system and other means

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding and experience of Scotland’s political, landscape and planning systems. Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute is highly desirable; a background in communications, landscape architecture or public affairs is also advantageous. They will have experience of working with politicians and senior government officials to achieve positive policy change, of developing and delivering successful projects and of managing small staff teams. Candidates should display a high level of communications and presentation skills, and a proven ability to deal diplomatically with strongly held opposing views.

Applications

APRS rents a small office in central Edinburgh, only five minutes from the station and ten minutes from Parliament. The office is shared with Scottish Environment LINK, which generates regular opportunities for information sharing and work collaboration. However, it is on the second floor of a historic building, so sadly is not accessible to all. For further information, including a full job description and terms and conditions, please email info@aprs.scot. Interested candidates are welcome to contact our current Director John Mayhew on john@aprs.scot to arrange an informal discussion about the role.

a joint project with the Scottish Campaign for National Parks

NB Director is the job title of our senior member of staff, not a director for Companies Act purposes

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Latest News

Our 2022 AGM is on Thursday 26th May – see our  Events page for full information

Read our latest Bulletin with a round up of all the latest news

Our new Advice Note on the Planning System in Scotland

Working from Home
All staff are working from home due to Covid-19 and can be contacted by email:

  • Policy, Planning and Communications:  John Mayhew, Director  john@aprs.scot
  • Membership and Administration:  Nina Sobecka, Administrator  info@aprs.scot
  • Education:  Joanna McFarlane, Education Manager  education@aprs.scot
  • APRS Green Belts Alliance:  Nikki Sinclair, Green Belts Alliance Manager  nikki@aprs.scot

All APRS meetings are being held by video conference – please contact Nina for further information.

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We're recruiting! We are looking for a new Director to take over from John Mayhew when he retires at the end of this year. So if you or someone you know might be the right person to lead APRS as the main voice for Scotland's rural landscapes into 2023 and beyond, please check out the advert at www.aprs.scot

APRS has had some major successes recently around deposit return for drinks containers, more National Parks and stronger protection for Green Belts, and there is plenty of scope to build on those and expand into new areas. Please share far and wide with all of your networks of colleagues, family and friends!

Scottish Countryside Rangers' Association - SCRA
Scottish Environment LINK
Planning Democracy
National Trust for Scotland
CPRE The countryside charity
RSPB Scotland
Mountaineering Scotland
Ramblers Scotland
John Muir Trust
Marine Conservation Society
Scottish Wild Land Group
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Were recruiting!  We are looking for a new Director to take over from John Mayhew when he retires at the end of this year.  So if you or someone you know might be the right person to lead APRS as the main voice for Scotlands rural landscapes into 2023 and beyond, please check out the advert at www.aprs.scot
APRS has had some major successes recently around deposit return for drinks containers, more National Parks and stronger protection for Green Belts, and there is plenty of scope to build on those and expand into new areas.  Please share far and wide with all of your networks of colleagues, family and friends!
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association - SCRA
Scottish Environment LINK
Planning Democracy
National Trust for Scotland
CPRE The countryside charity
RSPB Scotland
Mountaineering Scotland
Ramblers Scotland
John Muir Trust
Marine Conservation Society
Scottish Wild Land Group

You are all warmly invited to our APRS AGM, next week on Thursday 26th May 10.30am!

Our President, Pat Macdonald, will be giving an illustrated presentation on rural landscape issues in Scotland which will expand on her article in our recent members newsletter.

Patricia is an environmental/cultural landscape researcher, writer, academic and photographer whose powerful, boundary-crossing environmental aerial imagery has won many awards so we can't wait for this! Our APRS Director, John Mayhew, will also be giving a brief presentation on the highlights of the last year.

If you would like to attend please register at this link (only takes a minute):
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdOivrz4rHta-PRSqwLgnEnvZ9EbBN-2R. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

You don't have to be a member to come along, but you will not be able to vote this time. If you would like to join please visit: aprs.scot/support-aprs/

See you there!
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You are all warmly invited to our APRS AGM, next week on Thursday 26th May 10.30am! 
Our President, Pat Macdonald, will be giving an illustrated presentation on rural landscape issues in Scotland which will expand on her article in our recent members newsletter.
Patricia is an environmental/cultural landscape researcher, writer, academic and photographer whose powerful, boundary-crossing environmental aerial imagery has won many awards so we cant wait for this! Our APRS Director, John Mayhew, will also be giving a brief presentation on the highlights of the last year.
If you would like to attend please register at this link (only takes a minute):
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdOivrz4rHta-PRSqwLgnEnvZ9EbBN-2R. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. 
You dont have to be a member to come along, but you will not be able to vote this time. If you would like to join please visit: https://aprs.scot/support-aprs/
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