Community / Development officer wanted for Fair Isle

Fair Isle. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

A DEVELOPMENT manager is being sought for the UK’s most geographically remote inhabited island.

The role would be to oversee the development of Fair Isle, which is located between Shetland and Orkney and has a population of less than 50.

The role is being offered on a three-year self-employed contract on a four days a week basis, with a pro rata salary of £35,000.

It would be home based but visits to Fair Isle are expected at least three to four times a year.

The post would be with the Fair Isle Development Company, and it is being supported by isle owner National Trust for Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

They are seeking an experienced development manager to support the community and its partners in the economic and social development of the isle.

Someone with experience of leading housing and business development projects would be an advantage.


There is plenty planned for Fair Isle in the coming years, with a new bird observatory expected to open in 2023.

This will open up a new stream of tourism for the isle, with flights to and from Kirkwall also in the offing.

There are also hopes for a new Fair Isle ferry and harbour upgrade on the island.

Fair Isle is also set to benefit from a new fibre broadband cable which was laid recently.

But the constraints of living on a remote island were spelled out recently when transport issues and disrupted telecoms combined in poor weather to affect the community’s connectivity.

Four weeks with no ferry in Fair Isle – while mobile signal is down too

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