Watson Birds Project Vacancy

Funding & Project Development Officer



We require an experienced individual with a range of demonstrable skills to help us complete a capital and revenue fund raising programme to develop the Watson Birds Centre in St John’s Town of Dalry, Galloway.

The Trust has acquired the former home of Donald Watson the noted bird artist, illustrator and writer, at Barone, 54 Main Street, Dalry. It now has exciting plans to create the Centre that comprises Donald’s Watson’s studio in its original form, archive room, exhibition space and reception area with external garden space and car parking.


Person specification


You will ideally have  

  • A proven track record in fundraising in the charitable sector

  • Knowledge of HLF funding objectives and operations.

  • Understanding of financial reporting and budgeting processes

  • Self-motivation and experience of working on your own or as part of a small team

  • The ability to represent and market the project effectively through presentations, public meetings etc.

  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle


Main Responsibilities


  • Achieve funding for the capital project by researching, developing and submitting funding applications as appropriate.

  • Work constructively with Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders to ensure their requirements and reporting needs are met.

  • Continue to develop the business plan for the Centre, focussing on financial viability, visitor numbers and other income sources, exit routes, and funding for capital and operational elements.

  • Commission work to cost accurately the refurbishment of Barone.

  • Establish a scheme for private donors, patrons and friends.

  • Define project benefits for social cohesion, economic development and the environment.

  • Work with GCAT Trustees, Project Director, Fundraising Manager and others to secure funding and develop the project effectively.

  • Maintain the website and other publicity for the project.

  • Agree and manage project targets and milestones

  • Liaise with architects and contractors etc.

  • Liaise with the owners of the adjoining part of the property and neighbours

  • Work with Dalry School to develop the use of the garden as an outdoor classroom

  • Attend and prepare reports for Steering Group meetings.

  • Work with groups of GCAT Trustees, Steering Group members and others agreed by the Steering Group to progress the project

  • Any other tasks deemed reasonable and necessary to progress the project.


Reporting lines

  • Report to the Project Director on delivery of  responsibilities

  • Report to the GCAT General Manager on financial, reporting to funders and other governance issues

  • Work closely with our experienced Fundraising Manager to identify and develop funding opportunities


Financial management                  

  • Prepare project budgets and plans in consultation with the Project Director and GCAT Finance Manager.

  • Work with the GCAT Finance Manager to manage income and expenditure for all aspects of the project, and in preparing reports to the funders.



  • Represent the project to external organisations as required.


Co-operative working

  • You will be expected to work co-operatively with the Watson Bird Festival Project Officer and other colleagues within the GCAT group, exchanging ideas, providing advice on your areas of experience and expertise, and ensuring that there is no duplication of effort.


Health & Safety

  • Ensure work complies with the GCAT’s health & safety policy.


Place of work: The Glenkens  

Pension: A stakeholder pension scheme is available for employees to join. No contribution is payable by the employer.

Holiday: 32 Days per annum pro-rata. (including statutory holidays).   

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