Rural Housing Needs Research Intern with Sunart Community Company

Sunart Community Company was set up to allow the acquisition of various fishing and recreation areas by the local community, but is now active on several sustainability projects and a long term planning framework for the area.

Location : Sunart, Highlands (with some home-working)
£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 20-30 hours per week for a total of 240 hours.
Immediate start.

Working as a Rural Housing Needs Research Intern your main responsibility will be to work in partnership with a volunteer Steering Group and the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT). You will conduct primary research into the housing needs of the rural community of Sunart, using online research, surveys and face to face interviews. HSCHT will provide a three day training/mentoring session on all aspects of completing a Housing Needs Analysis.

This piece of research will complement last year's widespread community consultation on a long term Action Plan (see 'Projects' on their website: ). It will also provide a precursor to an upcoming Masterplanning process, which will help inform the
new structure and local plan for the area.

Research, data entry, email correspondence and telephone interviews can be conducted from home / place of study. However it is envisaged that 65% of time would be spent meeting groups or travelling house-to-house in the community to help promulgate the survey and encourage residents to contribute.


The ideal candidate will be a confident individual with good communication skills and the ability to comfortably meet people in small groups or one to one settings to perform interviews.

You should have knowledge of/interest in rural development issues, housing, populations, demographics and /or planning research. You can demonstrate some experience of performing research projects and be familiar with data collection and entry. You will be well organised, have a strong attention to detail and be able to meet deadlines. You should be IT literate and very self-motivated.

(This role is on a self-employed basis. Please note that you will be invoicing Adopt an Intern as a freelance/consultant. This is a very simple, uncomplicated process. You will also be advised to register as self-employed with HMRC if you are not already registered. Please note, students in Scotland on a Tier 4 Visa are not permitted to be self-employed and therefore will not be considered for this role.)


Closing date for applications is 19 April 2015, 5pm

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated. 

This Adopt an Intern funded internship has been made possible through the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding from the Scottish Government.  It is part of a "Business Growth Programme" supporting the third sector, micro businesses and SMEs and contributes to our wider focus of boosting economic stability by investing in graduates.  These are paid, meaningful, capacity-building internships, with monitored outcomes.