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Vacancy: Communications Officer

  • Hours: Full-time contract (37hr/wk)
  • Salary scale: £26,835 – £31,266 depending on experience
  • Closing date: 5pm Mon 22 August 2022
  • Interviews: Fri 2 September in Perth

It’s an exciting time for Mountaineering Scotland – and this role is at the forefront of telling the story of our organisation, our activities and our members, and celebrating some of our country’s best-loved and most precious environments.

More people than ever are taking up hill walking, climbing, mountaineering and ski touring in Scotland’s world class mountains and climbing venues. That means our communications need to be at their peak – across multiple platforms and channels to inform and engage as many people as possible and grow our community. As part of the Member Services & Communications Team, you will have an important and dynamic role in raising awareness and visibility of the work of Mountaineering Scotland, developing our digital channels and helping us deliver the aims and outcomes of our new strategy for 2022-25. You’ll achieve this by engaging with new audiences as well as existing members and clubs through social media, web, PR, print and email marketing.   

The role will be based at our office in Perth however there is the potential for some home / remote working subject to negotiation.

Mountaineering Scotland is committed to being an employer and volunteer organisation that recognises and encourages equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion and respect in the workforce, with employment conditions and practices that ensure all staff and volunteers are treated equitably. We particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, such as women, people with disabilities (including hidden disabilities) and individuals from Black and Minority ethnic communities.


  • Proven track record and experience in a communications, PR, marketing or digital role.
  • Use of communications channels in a professional capacity, including social media, email marketing and web to deliver marketing and/or educational campaigns.
  • Creating, editing and tailoring written and visual content for a wide range of audiences for publications, marketing materials and digital channels.
  • Experience of working in a team, with proven ability to work collaboratively and form effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of updating websites using content management systems, preferably with a working knowledge of HTML and CSS.


  • Articulate and confident, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills, with ability to work on own initiative, take direction and work to tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage a busy workload with competing priorities.
  • Creative thinking, excellent attention to detail and strong eye for design.
  • Experience of planning, creating and scheduling content for social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.


  • Confidence and competence using and learning IT and digital communications tools including Mailchimp (or similar), image/graphics and video editing software (eg Canva, Adobe Creative Suite) and web content management systems.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, Teams
  • Understanding of the media landscape including relevant print, broadcast, and online platforms as well as social media.
  • Awareness of social media and other digital trends.
  • Understanding of data protection legislation and practice in relation to communications activity.

  • An interest in and understanding of the work of Mountaineering Scotland, mountaineering and related issues.
  • Member of Mountaineering Scotland.
  • Experience of or interest in producing newsletters, journals or magazines.
  • Advanced user of Adobe creative suite especially Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro.
  • Video production and editing experience.
  • Experience creating podcasts/audio content.
  • Experience of producing online events/webinars.
  • Managing online advertising campaigns eg Google Ads, Facebook.
  • Understanding of Google Analytics and other insights platforms to measure and improve effectiveness of communications.
  • Journalism, blogging or other writing experience.

See the job description below for full details. 

It you have any questions about the vacancy please contact Helen Gestwicki, Member Services & Communications Manager at info@mountaineering.scot 

The full job description and person specification along with application form can be downloaded below. 

Please complete the application form and and equalities monitoring form and send by email to info@mountaineering.scot by 5pm Monday 22 August 2022. Please note that CVs not accompanied by a completed application form will not be accepted.

Interviews will take place on Friday, 2nd September at the Mountaineering Scotland head office in Perth.