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What you will be doing?

As one of the 14 panel members, you will meet virtually four times a year to collaborate with other like-minded young people from across the Species on the Edge project areas.

You’ll be discussing important environmental issues and exploring ways to positively impact your communities. Plus, you’ll have the chance to participate in a fully funded spring residential and receive training to develop essential skills that will help you stand out in the job market.

And that’s not all! You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • Create your own project to encourage others to connect with nature.
  • Meet new people and learn from within the conservation sector.
  • Receive training and develop conservation skills, confidence, and employability.
  • Receive support in developing your own project to encourage others to connect with nature.

Whether you’re a seasoned conservationist or just starting your journey, your passion for local wildlife and commitment to making a change is all that matters.


Apply for this role

Applications are open now! Head over to the Species on the Edge website to sign up.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have any questions.

Get ready to make a real impact for nature!

Purple petaled flower in coastal landscape

Species on the Edge: Our work this year

Plantlife is one of eight organisations working together on Species on the Edge, a new multi-partner conservation programme dedicated to supporting 37 vulnerable and threatened species found along Scotland’s coast and islands.

Plantlife is leading activity in once of the seven Species on the Edge project areas: The North Coast. Since the programme kicked off earlier this year, we’ve have been busy getting to know our area – the people and communities, and the landscape and species, including plants, bumblebees, beetles, and butterflies.

It has been a fabulous year for our plants so far, with many thousands of Purple Oxytropis Oxytropis halleri and Scottish Primroses Primula scotica seen on the cliffs and cliff-top meadows.

Shoreline surveys by Species on the Edge staff and volunteers have also found Oysterplants Mertensia maritima growing on several beaches in Caithness – a fantastic find!

2023 also saw the launch of a Conservation Summer School in partnership with Dunnet Community Forest. Young people who attended gained a John Muir Award, and credits for Saltire and Leadership awards. Participants also learned essential outdoor and fieldcraft skills and assisted with practical habitat management and species surveys.

Learn more about Species on the Edge here.