Finance Officer

Job description

Part time/permanent, 14 hours per week

Salary £20,000 to £24,000 Pro rata

(Dependant upon experience)


Position reports directly to:                                                              

Chief Executive Officer

Wild things! is a thriving environmental education charity and social enterprise. We are looking to recruit a part-time Finance Officer.  This position will be responsible for the management of Wild things! monthly and year-end business accounts, budgeting, grant compliance and payroll activities.


About Wild things!

Founded in 2003, Wild things! is a Scottish Charity based in Moray. Our vision is to inspire people to understand, appreciate and care for their natural environment, and by doing so, improve their quality of life as well as that of the environment.  We particularly seek to benefit people with educational, behavioural, social or economic disadvantages through fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between communities and the natural world.


Over the past 15 years, we have helped over 14,000 people to access, enjoy, learn about and protect Scotland’s spectacular wilderness regions, as well as benefit from being actively involved in caring for their own local natural environment.


What we are looking for:

We are seeking someone with finance or high-level administration experience to maintain oversight of Wild things!’ finances, providing monthly management accounts and booking keeping, supporting the CEO in budgeting, cashflow, PAYE and compiling and submitting end of year accounts. This role would be well suited to someone with business/administration skills as well as some financial acumen. We are also interested in applications from individuals with the determination, aptitude and potential to grow into the role with some support from the Wild things! team.


Key roles and responsibilities:

Management Accounts/Budgeting

  • Writing and updating the charity’s annual budget, with the support of the CEO
  • Ensuring all project activities adhere to the budget
  • Producing and analysing monthly accounts including cashflow and fixed asset register
  • Compiling year end accounts
  • Principal liaison with the charity’s auditors
  • Ensuring the audited accounts are drawn up to the legal time scale and lodged with Companies House and OSCR
  • Drawing up budgets for new programmes
  • Assigning invoices to appropriate project budgets and monitoring expenditure and income
  • Overseeing data input by our Office Manager
  • Update fixed asset register
  • Update rolling cash flow
  • Compile and update budget
  • Bank Statement reconciliation


Personnel Management

Informing payroll of any changes and approving wage slips

  • Digital payment of wages, expenses and freelancers
  • Facilitate and implement pensions



  • Budgeting individual programmes for grant applications
  • Keeping up to date with current funders and ensuring grant compliance
  • Supporting the CEO in writing grant reports
  • Working closely with the CEO & Fundraisers on Wild things! fundraising efforts


Person Specification



  • A proven track record of business and/or financial administration, budgeting and report writing
  • An excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Experience of using financial management software
  • Strong organisational and communication skills, with a calm and practical approach to problem solving
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude, with a committed and flexible approach to the needs of the job
  • Share the values of Wild things! and have an empathy for the care of people and the natural environment
  • Enjoy working as part of a team



  • Overseeing the production of audited end-of-year accounts.
  • Experience of using Account Edge or similar financial management software
  • Experience of managing charity finances, particularly regarding the allocation of funds across a variety of parallel projects


A Flexible Approach

 A flexible approach is needed with this role in order to meet the needs of the charity. This includes attending board meetings on the occasional evening or (rarely) weekend or to coordinate with other colleagues outwith normal working hours.



All applications should consist of a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4. The covering letter should explain your suitability to the role in the relation to the Person Specification.


Your application will be shortlisted on the strength of your Cover Letter.


Application Deadline: 8thMay – Interviews: 15th  May

All applications should be sent to Luke Strachan, CEO.


If you would like to learn more about the role, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01309 690 450 or email Luke.


Freelance Outdoor Learning Instructor


Remuneration: Between £100 – £120 a day depending on experience.


Frequency: Work will be on a casual basis and sometimes offered in set blocks.


Wild things! is looking for Freelance Outdoor Learning Instructors to join our team!


We are seeking enthusiastic and passionate individuals to deliver our environmental education courses throughout the North East of Scotland as well as across the UK. Examples of this include Forest School, Family Bushcraft, Animal Tracks and Signs, Coastal and Woodland foraging as well as our NCFE accredited Woodland and Coastal Activity Leader Training courses.


Required Experience

  • Leading groups outdoors (working with children is essential)
  • Delivering Forest School and other forms of outdoor learning
  • Leading bushcraft and environmental education activities
  • Delivering conservation and environmental care programmes



  • Forest School L3 Practitioner or equivalent
  • Bushcraft training
  • First Aid
  • Relevant training/further education in environmental based subjects
  • Driving license
  • PVG or DBS


If you have a passion to educate others, be hands on and helpful and are able to lead from the start, we would be delighted to hear from you.


If you lack some of the above skills or qualifications but are passionate about working in the environmental education sector, please get in touch to find out what other opportunities might be available.


Application: Please send a CV and brief cover letter to our Fieldwork Manager.



Voluntary Fundraising Coordinator


We are looking for a dynamic, proactive individual to join our award-winning environmental education charity. As a key member of the team, you will help Wild things! develop and grow our fundraising programme, enabling our activities to have greater reach and impact across the UK.


What will you be doing?

Working directly with the CEO, the Fundraising Coordinator will help to develop a robust set of applications and bids to appropriate awarding bodies and grant-makers. You will play a critical role in supporting the work of the Wild things! by developing a list of potential donors/partners as well as a timeline for deadlines and reports. You will then support the CEO and other staff in applying for funds as well as helping to develop our overarching fundraising strategy.


Additionally, we are looking to expand the delivery of our services to:

  • Develop our Silver Saplings programme: a multifaceted intergenerational programme tackling isolation, mobility as well as mental and physical health issues facing elderly communities in Morayshire.
  • To research and identify suitable grants and awards that Wild things! could reasonably apply for: we hope to broaden our range of income sources to include many we may not be aware of in England and Wales.
  • To support the CEO and other staff in applying for suitable grants and awards, paying special attention to grant application requirements and timelines, whilst also bearing in mind opportunities to secure match funding.
  • To advise on and feed into Wild things! overarching fundraising strategy.


There could be opportunities for the right applicant to also be considered as a trustee of the charity if they were interested.


We are very much open to a remote-working arrangement as much, if not all, of the work can be done from home.

What are we looking for?

Ideally, we are looking for someone with a proven track record in fundraising who can contribute directly towards researching and applying for various funds. We will, however, consider anyone who feels they have the aptitude and enthusiasm to get involved in aspects of the role e.g. researching, application-writing etc.

In particular, we are looking for someone who:

  • Is familiar with environmental and/or education based charity fundraising.
  • Can research and identify funding opportunities.
  • Will work in collaboration with the CEO, to complete funding bids and applications.
  • Will work with and support the CEO and other staff in developing and delivering local fund-raising activities.
  • Brings enthusiasm for our cause and is passionate about the environment.

What difference will you make?

Since 2003, Wild things! has enabled over 13,000 children, young people and adults to learn from and be inspired by their local natural environment and the remote wilderness regions of Scotland. We are intending to grow that number and reach out to a bigger and more diverse audience, ideally developing and running programmes at a national level.

You will enable us to develop and grow our services by contributing directly to our income generation. This work will enable us to deliver many of the programmes we run, including conservation, social welfare and educational activities. This work is also critical to our ambitions and will be essential to expanding our activities to new locations and communities.

We also want to encourage public institutions and local communities to benefit from the restorative, educational and inspiring effects of quality-time in the natural environment. The Fundraising Coordinator will therefore play a fundamental role in enabling Wild things! to grow and develop.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is a chance to join Wild things! at an extremely exciting and pivotal moment in the organisation’s journey. Having recently appointed a new CEO, Wild things! is moving onto the next phase in its development.  By joining Wild things! at this time, you will play an instrumental role in ensuring the long term success of the organisation, particularly by assisting in the development of a robust fundraising strategy and supporting the CEO in securing the income required to deliver against the organsiation’s objectives and programmes.

In helping us to secure the future of the Wild things!, you will be working alongside a lovely team of staff and volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to championing the importance of the natural environment in an increasingly digitalised and disconnected world. You will gain a unique insight into environmental education and its growing relevance, not only in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools, but to society in general through social welfare and public health & well-being initiatives.


Application: Please submit a copy of your CV and cover letter to Luke.  Your cover letter should briefly explain your interest in Wild things! and your suitability to the role. 
If you would like to find out more or have preliminary discussion, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.




If you are interested in working with Wild things! on some of our fantastic programmes, while learning some fun and practical new skills, then check out our Volunteering opportunities.