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Bunkhouse Manager Position - June 2014

12-06-2014

Rum Enterprise Limited

Bunkhouse Manager

£18,000 p.a

Full Time – 38 hours per week

Background

Rum Enterprise Limited the trading subsidiary of the Isle of Rum Community Trust is seeking a Bunkhouse Manager for their new purpose built 20 bed bunkhouse.

The Rum community now numbers around 40 people including children, living in Kinloch at the head of Loch Scresort. A transfer of land and buildings from Scottish Natural Heritage to the Community Trust took place in 2009 and 2010, and the community has ambitious plans for growth and development of these assets.

The Bunkhouse Manager will play an integral part in ensuring the new community owned bunkhouse is well run, popular and profitable.

For more background please visit www.isleofrum.com

Objectives of the Post

  • To ensure that the Bunkhouse is maintained to a high standard
  • To ensure visitors to the Bunkhouse enjoy their stay and are well informed about the Isle of Rum Community Trust and its activities.
  • To promote the Bunkhouse and increase uptake
  • To co-operate with and promote other local service providers

For an application pack, please email Ian Leaver on ian@isleofeigg.net or download the Job Description; HERE and the Application Form; HERE

Closing date: 25th June 2014 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 on the Isle of Rum

Successful candidate will be expected to start working on Rum from Monday 4th August 2014.








Introducing Rum's new Community Ranger - June 2014

03-06-2014

new ranger imageI am delighted to take up the position of Community Ranger here on Rum. I’m an environmental biologist with many years’ experience in nature reserve management and field biology: I have worked with Sandwich terns on Anglesey; saltmarsh birds, plants and Natterjack toads in Dorset; mice on St Kilda and rare plants in southern Portugal. Most recently, I have been running guided wildlife walks in Bristol, while studying for an MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

I come from Bristol but I have lived in various places around the UK and abroad. Before gaining my degree, I worked in bookselling and as a freelance photographer and artist. My decision to retrain for a career in nature conservation was made after witnessing firsthand the destruction of the rainforests in Tasmania in 2001.

I’ve had a special affinity for the wildlife and communities of the Scottish Western Isles since my first visit to Islay in 2006. I have visited the Outer Hebrides twice and returned to Islay and Jura nearly ten times now. In 2012, I spent four weeks on St Kilda working as a field research assistant for the St Kilda Mouse Project.

My hobbies and interests include:

Writing: “Trudi's Tales from the Field” - http://truditales.tumblr.com/

Photography & art: etsy.com/shop/TJClarkePhotography

Sculpture; linocut printing; travel; canoeing; Portuguese language studies; climate change and future ecology; evolutionary biology; Australian ecology; archaeology; anthropology; history of the natural sciences.

I’m looking forward to seeing my first sea eagles, and I want to start canoeing again, but am currently hampered by lack of paddle...and lack of canoe!

Watch out for upcoming events and news via Facebook and Twitter, and my Ranger page HERE.


Isle of Rum Community Ranger Post - April 2014

04-04-2014

Isle of Rum Community Trust

Community Ranger

Full time - 35 hours per week

£17,943

The Isle of Rum Community Trust is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to work as a Ranger to deliver the best service to visitors to the Isle of Rum.

The post is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, the Heritage Lottery fund and the Isle of Rum Community Trust until 31st March 2015, with possible extension.

The main objectives are to provide information and visitor services to day visitors to the Isle of Rum, through walks, talks and educational events.There will be great scope for determining how the position evolves.This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is highly motivated and would like to further their own personal development in working with both visitors and locals on a wide range of different projects.These include managing volunteers, budgets and developing our Rhododendron ponticum eradication programme.

The applicant will have a high standard of education, excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Accommodation for this post will be based on the status of the successful applicant.

Applications should be made in writing, including a C.V. to: alimorum@gmail.com or by post to Isle of Rum Community Trust, Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR marked ‘Ranger Application’

By Midday Thursday 17th April 2014

Interviews will be held on Rum on Wednesday 30th April.

View Job Description HERE

View Person Specification HERE


Rum Bunkhouse Progress - March 2014

02-04-2014

If you’re following the updates on our Facebook page you’ll know that there’s been lots happening in recent weeks!

The site was cleared and groundworks completed at the start of the year.The building itself has been constructed in sections in MacQueen’s workshop on Skye, and arrived on the Calmac ferry on the 18th March.

Now that all the pieces are on site it’s just a case of putting them all together, and as if by magic the bunkhouse is growing day by day!

Homecoming Scotland - January 2014

27-01-2014

In 1795 Rum was home to over 400 people, but the clearances of 1826 and 1828 saw the eviction of 350 people in total, to be replaced by sheep. Most

Homecoming logo

of the emigrants sailed to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia; all 208 passengers listed on the St Lawrence from Tobermory to Port Hawkesbury (NS) on 12th July 1928 (though it may have been 1926) were from the Isle of Rum, and ranged in age from young babies to 89 year old Allan MacLean. The full list is available online. [http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/saintlawrence1828.shtml]

Today the population is stable at around 40 permanent residents, but what happened to our predecessors? When the MacLeans, MacKays, MacKinnons and MacPhadens dispersed across Cape Breton, where did they go? Where are their families now, and do they still pass on stories of the Rum life?

Malcom McKinnon from Rum was the first settler near Kinloch on the Northwestern side of Inverness County, Cape Breton and had a family of three sons and four daughters; the farm is still occupied by his descendants.**

Two brothers from Rum, Donald and Allan McLean, were the first settlers of Beech Hill, Inverness County in 1826. Donald married Ann McDonald who had emigrated from neighbouring Muck; they had 8 children and Ann lived to be 106!**

2014 is the Year of Homecoming - a year-long programme of events and activities showcasing all that's great about Scotland. Elsewhere there are preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, and a range of events to celebrate our national food and drink, the outdoors, and our arts, culture and ancestral heritage. Here on Rum we’re putting together a programme of events for 2014 to entertain, inspire, and get your toes tapping – keep an eye on the Events page for more information.

We always welcome stories and memories from former Rumachs and their descendants

Wherever you’ve been and whenever you visit, you’ll be very welcome so join us and be part of Homecoming Rum 2014!

[**Info from: History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia

By J. L. MacDougall (1922) - http://www.electricscotland.com/canada/inverness/]

Rum Bunkhouse - January 2014

27-01-2014

Site clearance (c) Ali Morris

The new Rum Bunkhouse is currently under construction.

Site levelling (c) Ali Morris

It will be the first purpose-built self-catering accommodation on the island, and all profits from running the bunkhouse will be put back into development projects in our small community.

The bunkhouse will offer excellent hostel accommodation with a strong environmental flavour, built to a high specification and using sustainable materials. It will sleep up to 20 people in four mixed dorms and one twin room, with free wireless internet available throughout the building. It will feature two fully equipped self-catering kitchens and plenty of dining space to allow groups to eat together. The comfortable lounge will

have a wood burning stove and comfy sofas so you can sit back and relax after a day spent exploring the Nature Reserve.

The building will have level access throughout to facilitate disabled access, with an accessible WC and wet room. The twin room will be fully accessible and the shared spaces and corridors all incorporate space for a turning circle for wheelchair users.

Rum Bunkhouse News - December 2013

17-12-2013

This week we have appointed Ian Lever as Project Development Manager to oversee the construction phase of our new bunkhouse. Ian lives on Eigg and has previously worked on Rum as the Development Officer from 2008-10. He has experience of managing a number of similar sized, grant funded projects with other island communities, and we are pleased to welcome him onto the team.

James Macqueen builders based on Skye won the contract to build the bunkhouse and having visited the island a few weeks ago are keen to get started as soon as possible. Unfortunately the weather has not been kind to us with storm after storm disrupting the ferry service recently, so site works will now begin in early January.

We are still on track to open later in 2014 so watch this space for updates!

Bunkhouse Project Manager Post - November 2013

06-11-2013

ISLE OF RUM COMMUNITY TRUST

Project Development Manager

£12,500 p/a

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Part-time: hours vary according to need

Duration 8 months

Flexibility on days / pattern of hours available to candidates by agreement

Location: Isle of Rum, Lochaber, Scotland

The Isle of Rum Community Trust has secured funding to build a new 20-bed bunkhouse on the Isle of Rum. The Trust wishes to recruit an experienced Project Development Manager to take responsibility on its behalf for managing the construction phase, working closely with our appointed architect and the main contractor.

You will be experienced in:

  1. Project managing significant community-led capital or other projects
  2. Taking responsibility for project expenditure and financial management
  3. Troubleshooting problems and keeping projects on track
Applications are welcome from those interested in carrying out the role as an external consultant or as a secondee from another organisation.

For an application pack, please email Fliss Fraser on info@isleofrum.com or download from the News page on our website www.isleofrum.com

Closing date: 18th November 2013 by noon

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 2nd December 2013

No agencies please.

View job description HERE


Twitchers descend on Rum - October 2013

30-10-2013

Mourning Dove Twitchers (c) Ali Morris

29th October 2013 was an odd day in the lives of some of Rum’s residents as around 30 twitchers arrived via the

Loch Nevis to see the Mourning Dove that had arrived in one of the resident’s gardens the previous day.

The bird, an extremely rare North American visitor to the UK, was seen at first light then not again all morning despite near constant monitoring. At 1150, it reappeared at the feeding station in the garden and it was hoped that the bird enthusiasts would indeed get a chance of seeing it, before disappearing up into the branches again a short while later.

On arrival, the twitchers set up camp eager to catch a glimpse before having to get back onto the ferry two hours later for the return to Mallaig.There was an intense hush as telescopes, binoculars and cameras we trained upon the fir tree and feeding station. After about 20 tense minutes, the Mourning Dove was spotted, sparking a mad rush for a good position within the crowd. Eventually after repositioning themselves a few times, everyone had seen the bird and the tension began to dissipate.

At this point, community tea shop representatives rushed out with the newly named ‘pop-up’ café of tea, coffee, soup and cakes for our visitors. All donations will be added the Village Hall Improvement Fund. Then as quickly and quietly as everyone arrived they were off again, one man heading directly (well, as directly as possible by water and road!) to Cornwall to see a Hermit Thrush.

A big thank you to everyone involved.

An island playground for children, not millionaires! - Oct 2013

30-10-2013

The Isle of Rum Community Trust has been successful in an application to Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Communities and Families Fund’ for £9,500, to create a safe, enclosed play area for young children.The play park will include swings, and a tower/slide unit, and it is the first time that facilities have been provided for young children on the island.

Having an area in the village specifically for small children to play together has long been a topic for community discussion, and a fit for purpose play park came out top in suggestions for making the island a better place for young people from teenagers who have grown up on Rum.

With no scheduled regular activities or after school clubs, a play park at the heart of the community will help parents, especially new parents, from feeling isolated.Rum has only one settlement, so visiting another town or village with good facilities is not an option.The new play park will give island children the opportunity to actively play and socialise, both with resident children and visitors.

“This is great news for our community,” Alison Morris, mother of one, says.“We can help to support parents, especially new mums, to reduce feelings of isolation and encourage parents to come together.”

Funds such as this one from the Big Lottery Fund are invaluable in helping to empower isolated communities with small populations and few resources to make positive changes which improve the lives of residents.

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