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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
New recruits join internship programme

THE Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has announced the newest recruits to its team with two local young people joining in 12-month career development posts.

Ribh Gallacher, from Crossmichael, and Matthew McCulloch, of Bargrennan, have taken up roles as project support officers.

They will help deliver and promote the Biosphere’s partnership projects, which cover more than 9700km² of terrestrial and marine environments across three local authority areas.

Ribh has a degree in politics, international relations and social policy, while Matthew McCulloch studied film and television at the University of Nottingham.

Commenting on becoming part of the Biosphere team, Ribh said: “As a young graduate with a year’s experience within the third sector, the opportunity afforded to me by the Biosphere to take my learning further and develop a career within the area is something I am very grateful for.

“I’m really looking forward to my role where I will have the chance to meet some amazing people from all over the Biosphere and beyond, not only helping to support those I meet along the way but also to better my own understanding of conservation, climate action, sustainability and much more.”

Matthew added: “I’m looking forward to working with the Biosphere and helping get the name out there for our fantastic region and the many businesses and activities it has to offer. It’s a great opportunity to work across the Biosphere and develop my skills throughout this next year on some really varied projects.”