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ESTATE MANAGER AND DEER STALKER, GLEN QUOICH AND INVERGARRY ESTATES, INVERNESS-SHIRE

The position available will be that of a working estate manager and deer stalker. The applicant will be required to demonstrate the ability to work alone but also as part of a team, and within that, be able to demonstrate management and leadership through a range of scenarios. There is another full-time employee who works for the family business, focussing on the generation of hydro electric power and wider farm work. Co-working efficiently and effectively with this employee will be a key part of this opportunity.

The core of the required work will be at the Glen Quoich Estate, Inverness-shire, PH35 4HD however time will also be spent at the connected farming business at lnvergarry Farm, 12 miles away. Accommodation and work­ shops are provided in the small settlement of Kingie, equidistant between Glen Quoich and lnvergarry Farm.

To apply for this position, please send your cv and covering letter detailing background experience, with at least three contacts as references to:

Finlay Clark at Bidwells. e: finlay.clark@bidwells.co.uk. t: 07876 448943 / 01738 630666

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ESTATE MAINTENANCE WORKER / STALKER - REAY FOREST ESTATE, SUTHERLAND

COMPETITIVE SALARY, BENEFITS AND RENT-FREE ACCOMMODATION

 With a passion for improving the habitat and environment, the successful candidate will work closely with the tenant and Estate team to contribute to the development of biodiversity efforts across the Estate – including our rivers and forestry operations.

- Utilise your maintenance and sporting skills in this exciting and varied role working with our long-standing tenant
- Rent-Free accommodation, paid council tax, competitive pay and non-contributory pension scheme
- Beautiful scenery and breath-taking location in one of Scotland’s finest Estates
- Opportunity for work for partners and family

The Reay Forest Estate, part of Grosvenor, is recruiting for a permanent and full time Estate Maintenance Worker / Stalker for the Gobernuisgach Beat. We provide an excellent package with competitive rates of pay, a non-contributory pension, as well as free accommodation and council tax paid.

The tenants of the property also require support in the housekeeping, cleaning, tidying and cooking within the house, with employment being offered on a permanent and full-time basis which may be of interest to couples and or family interested in moving for these roles.

The estate is situated in the north west Highlands and is a traditional sporting estate famed for its deer stalking, fishing as well as its wild and remote beauty.

This exciting and unique role offers the ability to combine your practical maintenance skills of maintaining properties, pathways and machinery with a passion for and competency in deer stalking with our tenants and their selected guests. With a solid track record in proactive and reactive property maintenance, you will ensure our properties are kept to a high standard whilst working with our Head Stalker to plan, organise and enjoy assisting with seasonal sporting activity.

Applicants will have experience in using a range of power tools, tractors, diggers, ATVs and possess a full, valid driving license. To fulfil the sporting nature of the role, a shotgun and firearms license are also required in addition to a Level 1 Deer Management Qualification.

The successful candidate will join a remote yet welcoming community and with accommodation being provided to meet your needs.

We are a values-led organisation which represents the Grosvenor family. Our work in rural estate management alongside Grosvenor’s other activities in international urban property, food & agtech and support for philanthropic initiatives, shares a common purpose – to deliver lasting commercial, social and environmental benefit –addressing today’s needs while taking responsibility for those of future generations. 

To apply or for more information, please enquire by email to: reay.forest@grosvenor.com

Please note that applicants will be security vetted.


 

REGIONAL COORDINATOR

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group (TCSMG). We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to take on the role of Coordinator. The successful candidate is likely to need an average of 25 hours per week to complete the work, on a self-employed basis.

An understanding of the countryside and field sports is essential, and all candidates should be both IT literate and conversant with the main social media platforms. Applicants must also hold a full driving license.

The role includes

- Managing the TCSMG social media pages

- Acting as a focal point for land managers and the local community

- Organising meetings/training days

- Coordinating educational visits to estates

- Working with colleagues from Scotland’s Regional Moorland Groups and a variety of sectoral bodies

Candidates must be self-reliant and capable of using their initiative, whilst also adept at working as a member of a team and in a liaison role within a broader network.

Please send CV and covering letter to Alice Bugden

Email: tcs.mg@outlook.com

Closing date 11th February 2022


HEAD GAMEKEEPER - KELBURN ESTATE, NORTH AYRSHIRE

After a two year lull, a high quality driven pheasant shoot is being re-established at Kelburn.

Bow Brig LLP has acquired the shooting rights over this 3,200 acre estate close to Largs and is investing to re-create the needed shooting infrastructure over ground ideally suited to deliver challenging birds.

Applicants should have proven experience, energy and enthusiasm for this exciting opportunity. Working with Bow Brig LLP and the established Estate team, applicants must have a full UK driving licence and firearms licence.

Excellent remuneration package in line with experience, including accommodation, a vehicle and all other necessary equipment and support.  

Please apply as soon as possible by email to  bowbrigllp@outlook.com 


BEAT KEEPER – SCOTTISH BORDERS

As part of our ongoing growth strategy we have recently recruited additional keepers and now have a vacancy for an additional Beat Keeper.

Working on a busy, highly successful commercial reporting to the Head keeper

The terrain includes steep sided valleys and remote areas.

Maintaining high standards of quality and hygiene, animal welfare and health and safety

The work includes :

  • Working on a large rearing field with partridge and pheasant chicks from day old to release
  • Building release pens
  • Ability to whistle feed Pheasants to establish them in drives, hand feeding daily
  • Feeding partridges and Pheasants on the hill
  • Assisting in running the beating line on shoot days
  • Team working qualities are essential

Team working qualities are essential

Driving licence is preferable.

Firearm and shotgun certificate are essential

Training will be provided as required including ATV training

Cottage accommodation will be provided

Please contact Nicky Ackerley on 01822 870270 for further details or email Nicky nickyackerley@hrsupportconsultancy.co.uk with your CV by February 10th 2022.


UNDER KEEPER – SCOTTISH BORDERS

The role might suit a recent college leaver, or someone looking to start a career in gamekeeping. The role will provide development opportunities.

Working on a busy, highly successful commercial reporting to the Head keeper

The terrain includes steep sided valleys and remote areas.

Role includes:

  • Maintaining high standards of quality and hygiene, animal welfare and health and safety
  • Working on a large rearing field with partridge and pheasant chicks from day old to release
  • Building release pens
  • Helping beat keepers and the Head Keeper feed partridges and Pheasants on the hill
  • Working in the beating line on shoot days

Team working qualities are essential

Driving licence is preferable.

Firearm and shotgun certificate are essential

Training will be provided as required including ATV training

Cottage accommodation will be provided

Please contact Nicky Ackerley on 01822 870270 for further details or email Nicky nicky@hrsupportconsultancy.co.uk with your CV. Closing date 10th February 2022


PERTHSHIRE ESTATE -  SINGLE-HANDED GAME KEEPER

Position available for a passionate and enthusiastic Single-handed Game Keeper on a diverse estate near Perth.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an extensive experience in all game bird management and development of new drives and general estate maintenance. The successful applicant will have a strong self-motivation and a modern, professional approach and will work in accordance with legislation and good practice.

You need to be hardworking and have a proven track record of working within a game bird shoot. Only individuals with the highest standards and attention to detail will be considered. A strong work ethic, a can-do attitude and good communication skills are minimum requirements.

The candidate should have the ability to work independently as well as within a wider, highly motivated and respected team, ensuring high standards and service. 

Full driving licence and current shotgun and firearms licences are required. Vermin control forms an essential part of the game management, and additional qualifications would be advantageous.

This exciting opportunity offers a competitive salary and 2 bedroom, newly renovated Cottage with outbuildings and kennels.

Application in writing or email, together with a full CV are invited, and should be sent to info@scottishgamekeepers.co.uk.


THE MOCHRUM ESTATE, WIGTOWNSHIRE

Gamekeeper required due to retirement to run a mixed family shoot with a few let days.  15-20 days per season.  Also, some Roe stalking and occasional Reds.  Vehicle and 2 bedroom cottage included. 

Salary commensurate with experience. 

For further details send CV to D.F.R. Evans, FRICS at Dougal.evans@gmthomson.co.uk


UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR A LIVE-IN UNDERSTALKER/ESTATE WORKER & PARTNER ON THE ISLE OF RONA

The Isle of Rona is a remote island lying between Skye & the mainland of West coast Scotland, 11 miles from the nearest port of Portree. There is a population of just two; the manager & his partner.

This exciting new position for a couple has the potential for successful enthusiastic applicants to develop their skills & gain experience in all aspects of estate work – and progress to help manage the future of the island. There are also opportunities to develop your own enterprises to offer to the cottage guests & hundreds of day visitors during the summer.

The work will include but is not limited to:

assisting with the island deer management plan, red deer stalking during the season, venison processing 

maintenance, housekeeping & laundry for the island’s two holiday cottages, bunkhouse, & grounds

hospitality – in addition to our cottage guests, we have several hundred boat visitors a year and you will be responsible for dealing with enquiries & welcoming those who come ashore, and selling produce

general island maintenance of paths, woodland & infrastructure

maintenance of the island off grid energy & water systems

maintenance of plant & vehicles

assisting with the estate launch

You must:

  • Enjoy living in remote conditions
  • Enjoy working together and preferably have experience doing so
  • Be motivated to learn as well as work pro-actively & flexibly

A salary package, including accommodation in a beautiful location with outstanding views of the sea, will be commensurate with qualifications & experience.

Applications should be made in writing, together with a full CV to ronalodge@isleofrona.com


DALHOUSIE ESTATES -  INVERMARK ESTATE – EXPERIENCED BEAT KEEPER

Dalhousie Estates seek to employ a Beat Keeper for the Invermark Estate, in the Angus Glens.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an extensive experience in grouse moor management, strong self-motivation and a modern, professional approach. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing all aspects of moorland management work, in accordance with legislation and good practice.

The candidate should have the ability to work independently as well as within a wider, highly motivated and respected team, ensuring high standards and service.  

This post offers an excellent opportunity for a Beat Keeper to make the next step in their career development. Invermark offers a varied breadth of experience in the traditional management of both grouse and deer, aiming to deliver prime sporting experience, through driven/ walked up shooting, and stalking with the use of working ponies, supported by a vast and diverse wildlife and habitat.

The position has an excellent remuneration package, with a 2/3 bedroom cottage and outbuildings.  A driving licence, shotgun and firearms certificates are essential, and relevant skills training and qualifications of benefit.

Application in writing, together with a full CV are invited, and should be sent to Deirdre Stewart MRICS, Factor office@dalhousieestates.co.uk


 GHILLIE RIVER SPEY

Full-time Ghillie required for Delfur Beat on the River Spey

The successful applicant will be part of an established team and will be required to carry out the usual duties of a fishing ghillie, which includes assisting anglers, boat handling, landing/releasing fish, strimming and also boat/general maintenance work outwith the fishing season.

Please apply by email, enclosing a CV, to:

Peter Graham & Associates, Email: mail@petergassoc.co.uk


BRORA DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD – VACANCY

FISHERY OFFICER/ WATER BAILIFF

The Brora District Salmon Fishery Board has a vacancy for the post of full time Fishery Officer. The Board is a statutory body responsible for the management of salmon and sea trout over the Brora river catchment.

Duties of the Fishery Officer are varied and include:

  • Protection of salmon stocks by enforcing current fisheries legislation,
  • Anti-poaching patrols (day and night shift work),
  • Conducting practical riparian improvement works,
  • Building repair and maintenance of fishing huts, bridges, walkways ,steps etc
  • Liaison with river users - including anglers, campers and the general public,
  • Assisting with scientific data collection and submission,
  • The role will also include maintenance work such as strimming and gorse removal throughout the year.

The above list is not exhaustive and training for this varied work will be provided.

The successful applicant must be able to:

  • Work as part of the existing team and will report to the Head Bailiff,
  • Have good communication skills,
  • Be self-motivated,
  • Flexible and use own initiative,
  • Possess a knowledge and appreciation of working in an outdoor environment,
  • Competent with the use of technology and computers,
  • Hold a full driving licence.

It is essential that the applicant either has passed the Water Bailiff training exam or completes the course during their probationary period. The successful applicant will also have to complete the level one electrofishing course.  A basic knowledge of fishing methods is desirable but willingness to learn is equally as important.

It should be noted that during times of salmon protection work this will involve night shift and weekend work, the hours of work may vary during the year and applicants will have to work shifts spread over nights and days, usually in a split shift pattern during the fishing season. Salary will be commensurate with experience and a pension will be provided.

For further details please call or email the Clerk to the Board, Neil Wright on 01463 245368 or email neil.wright@galbraithgroup.com Interviews will be held from mid February.

To apply for this post please send your CV and covering letter by 11th February 2022 to:

Clerk to the Brora District Salmon Fishery Board

Galbraith

Reay House,

17 Old Edinburgh Road,

Inverness,

IV2 3HF

Or by email to : neil.wright@galbraithgroup.com


SEASONAL FISHING GHILLIE POSITION

Glencalvie Estate requires a Seasonal Fishing Ghillie on the River Carron for the 2022 season. Working with the Head Ghillie, the position requires a keen and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal skills.

Duties will include bank maintenance and assisting guests across 2 beats with 42 named pools.

Accommodation available. Own vehicle essential.

Applications with CV to: info@glencalvieestate.co.uk   


RIVER MANAGER, SOME STALKING DUTIES- INVER AND KIRKAIG FISHINGS

  • The successful applicant will be in charge of all sporting activities on the Estate, in particular overseeing the fishing operations on the Rivers Inver & Kirkaig. The rivers comprise eight, two rod, beats and the applicant, together with the under ghillies, will be on the river assisting, guiding and instructing both weekly and day rods during the fishing season.
  • The successful applicant will be in charge of managing the deer cull in conjunction with the deer management plan agreed with the Employer and local Deer Management Group.
  • Out of season duties include maintenance of all Estate buildings, equipment, fishing platforms, roads and tracks, and routine vermin control.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and accommodation and pension will be available to the successful applicant.

Start date will be the beginning of May 2022

Applications should be made in writing, together with a full CV, to mungo@sportinglets.co.uk or by post to Ossian Sporting Lets, Malling Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirling, FK8 3RD


CULLIGRAN ESTATE, GLEN STRATHFARRAR, REQUIRES AN ASSISTANT FOR THE ESTATE MANAGER/HEAD STALKER

This is an exciting new position with real potential for the successful applicant to develop their skills and broaden their experience on a diversified Highland Estate 11 miles west of Beauly.  Culligran is a family owned estate extending to 12,500 acres on the north bank of the River Farrar with a well-established sheep and deer farm, stalking, fishing, hydro scheme, native woodland regeneration and holiday cottages.

The successful applicant will work under the direction of the Estate Manager/Head Stalker and will be involved in sheep and deer husbandry, wildlife and habitat management within the framework of current legislation and best practice, as well as the day to day running of Culligran Estate and the maintenance of its various buildings and equipment.

Applicants will have had experience in similar roles, particularly in upland estates and machinery operation and will hold a full driving licence and both valid shotgun and firearms certificates. They will also be expected to have excellent people skills with the ability to welcome and interact with visitors and guests.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and accommodation and pension will be available to the successful applicant.

All applications in writing together with a full CV by post to Chetwynd Rural, Califermoss, Forres, Moray, IV36 2RN or by email to: tom@chetwyndrural.co.uk

Closing Date for applications is 31st January 2022.

The successful applicant will be expected to start work at the beginning of April 2022.


LOCH CHOIRE ESTATE – STALKER

An experienced stalker is required for Loch Choire Estate, Central Sutherland, extending to 32,000 acres, set in a remote location with red deer, river and loch river fishings and extensive new native woodland schemes.

The successful applicant will be responsible for wildlife and habitat management within the framework of current legislation and best practice as well as the maintenance of buildings, tracks, fences and equipment.

Applicants will have extensive experience in similar roles, particularly in upland estates, machinery operation and track maintenance and will hold a full driving licence and both valid shotgun and firearms certificates. They will also be expected to have excellent people skills with the ability to welcome and interact with visitors and guests.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and accommodation and pension will be available to the successful applicant.

All applications in writing together with a full CV to be submitted to Chetwynd Rural at tom@chetwyndrural.co.uk, or by post to Chetwynd Rural, Califermoss, Forres, Moray, IV36 2RN

The successful applicants will be expected to start work in March / April 2022


UNDER KEEPER AT SOVAL ESTATE, ISLE OF LEWIS

The position offers an exciting opportunity to work on Soval Estate, on the Isle of Lewis.

Earlier this year an Under Keeper was successfully appointed and we are now looking for another one to complete our team.

The varied position would involve assisting guests salmon fishing on the Laxay River, walked up grouse shooting over pointers on 60,000 acres, stalking and driven woodcock shooting.

The successful candidate would be good at working in a team. They would report to the Head Keeper and would work alongside another Under Keeper.

The applicant would have suitable experience in a combination of fishing, shooting or stalking to help guests during the 7 months of annual lettings, as well as being able to demonstrate good practical skills. 

Excellent package including comfortable 3 bed cottage with a vehicle provided. Driving Licence essential.  Good kennels available for own dogs.

 Applicant should write in the first instance, with a descriptive covering letter outlining experience to date, along with a CV to Malcolm McPhail at garynahine@hotmail.com


We have a opportunity to recruit employees at our game Hatchery in East Lothian.

We are looking for enthusiastic persons who do not mind working hard and have an interest in birds and animals.

You will be expected to be able to work on your own on occasions, (after training) staring work from March till September from 8.00am till 5.00pm  these times will vary during the hatchery season, (morning and afternoon coffee breaks and 1 hour for lunch.)

A knowledge of poultry would be advantageous but not essential as full training will be given.

Duties include: · Assisting in the day to day feeding of the animals, 
running of the hatchery operation,
handling and sorting eggs, chicks and birds.
Responsibility to ensure the welfare of the birds, food and water.
Setting up the inside of the rearing pens for day old birds.
Maintaining high standards of quality and hygiene, animal welfare and health & safety. You are required to assist in taking care of eggs through hatching and during transfer.
To undertake chick take-off, transfer; egg loading, clean up and disinfecting wash room cleaning areas.

Also the general cleaning and tidiness of all areas, inside and outside of the hatchery.

A clean and tidy fully equipped accommodation will be at your disposal (and will be expected to be kept that way ).

Further information can be obtained from: Brian or Amanda on 01620-880226 or 07711409325. Or E-mail brain.paxton2016@hotmail.com


Wildlife Ranger Manager X 2

Pay Band & Range: Pay Band 5 / CS EO - £28,678 to £30,762

Starting Salary: £28,678

Business Area: Central Region – Delivery

Location: Post 1 will have responsibility for the West Calder deer larder. The start point can be West Calder, Clydebank or Blairadam.

Post 2 will have responsibility for Glenbranter, Strathyre and Aberfoyle larders. The start point can be Glenbranter or Aberfoyle.

Contract Type: Permanent

Number of Posts: 2

Line Manager: Paul Bekier, Area Wildlife Manager

 

Working Pattern

These are full time vacancies however, we are a flexible employer and encourage applicants who wish to work other flexible working patterns to apply, as requests will be considered.

Nationality Requirements

We are currently unable to sponsor individuals to work in the UK, therefore it is essential that you ensure you have the Right to work in the UK before applying to work with us.

You are also be required to meet the nationality requirements to work for the Civil Service.

Disability Confident Scheme

Applicants claiming a guaranteed interview will be invited for further assessment should they meet the minimum essential criteria listed in this document.

Further information about this post is available from Anton.Watson@forestryandland.gov.scot

If you have any queries relating the recruitment process or require any adjustments for the application process, please contact HR@forestryandland.gov.scot

About the team

FLS Central Region extends from Edinburgh and South Fife through the central belt to Greenock and north west to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (LLTNP) and the Cowal peninsula. The main offices and deer larders are at West Calder, Aberfoyle and Glenbranter with an additional larder at Strathyre and smaller teams based at The Lodge, Clydebank and Blairadam.

Central Region manages 91,300 ha of the national forests and land, of which 50,000 hectares (ha) is woodland with the remainder a mixture of open hill, lochs peatland and agricultural land. This geographically diverse Region includes low-lying holdings and woodlands around towns, restored open cast sites, diverse woodlands in highly designated mountain areas and extensive areas of open land. 2900 ha of the land is currently designated as areas of special protection and interest. In addition, there are areas managed in partnership with local authorities.

Operationally, the Region has an annual timber production programme of around 420,000 m3. The majority of this is derived from clear fell but there is a modest and expanding thinning programme. A deer cull of around 8,000 per year supports the regions restocking, woodland creation and habitat improvement programmes. The restock programme is currently around 850 ha delivered through planting and natural regeneration, including some continuous cover forestry. The Region has a current woodland creation programme of around 350 ha/year largely focused on vacant and derelict land in the form of old opencast sites. The tree health issue of Phytophthora ramorum is widespread in the Cowal Peninsula and beyond.

Of Scotland’s population, over 4 million people live within the Central Region. The Region includes some of the most iconic landscapes in the UK (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park), provides 112 managed trails and around 45 urban woodlands that support the mental and physical wellbeing of over 2.6 million visitors annually.

What you will do

Herbivore management lies at the heart of an exciting range of projects contributing to carbon capture and improving habitats. In Central Region herbivore management (mostly deer management) is critical to delivery of:

  • New woodland creation of c.400ha per year.
  • Restocking following felling c.800ha per year for commercial timber, diversification and native woodland.
  • Habitat improvement right across the national forests and land but in particular designated sites, high conservation value habitats and Plantation on Ancient Woodland restoration sites.
  • Peatland restoration – a growing programme.

Maintaining deer numbers at between 2 and 7 deer per Km2 across the estate is critical to make all of these projects successful and cost effective. Within central region the data and population modeling suggests an annual cull requirement of around 8000 deer. This is delivered by a mix of FLS Wildlife Rangers and contract resources.

Main Duties

Compliance

To ensure that wildlife management activities are carried out to the highest standards of Health and Safety, animal welfare and food chain hygiene. This includes exemplary management of FLS firearms and production of venison to the SQWV quality assurance standards.

Communication

You will communicate proactively across regional teams, wildlife staff, contractors, with neighbours/communities and with members of the public. Ensuring that wildlife management is an integrated part of the overall delivery of land management activities.

Cull delivery

Cull targets are driven by data collected from a number of different sources including herbivore impact assessment, thermal imaging counts etc. You will organise resources to ensure that the indicated culls are achieved and the management objectives for each part of the estate are enabled. For most unfenced areas our management objectives will be made possible with low deer densities of between 2 and 7 deer per Km2.

Planning input

It is essential that deer management is fully integrated into the other activities taking place in the forest and that opportunities for efficiencies are maximized. You will do this by engaging fully with Land Management Planning, preparation of workplans and programming. Where deer fencing is proposed this must be via a business case jointly prepared by you and the FM team.

Staff management

You will directly line manage a team of Wildlife Rangers ensuring that they are properly informed, motivated, equipped and supported to carry out their role. Effective management of health, safety and wellbeing within this team is critical.

Notes

These are management rather than operational posts and as a result new PB5 entrants into the FLS Wildlife Management Team will not be eligible for access to the FLS working dog allowance. Existing FLS wildlife team employees on promotion or transfer will be able to claim an allowance of an existing working dog for up to 5 years.

The way that FLS vehicles are utilised is currently under review in Central Region and WRMs needs will be considered alongside all other Delivery Foresters. Candidates should expect that an FLS vehicle suitable for the managers task will be made available from their agreed start point.

New Wildlife Ranger Managers (PB5) will not have a personal cull target nor a cull area. However, there is an expectation that Wildlife Ranger Managers will have the opportunity to develop and maintain skill sets by agreement with the Area Wildlife Manager.

Success Profile

Below are details of the Success Profile that make up this role. You will be expected to provide evidence to show how you meet the criteria at application and/or interview stage.

Behaviours

Behaviour 1 and Lead Criteria: Communicating and Influencing.

Behaviour 2: Making Effective Decisions.

Behaviour 3: Working Together.

Behaviour 4: Delivering at Pace.

Experience

Desirable:

  • Experience of managing wild deer populations.
  • Experience of Health, Safety and Wellbeing management relating to high risk activities.
  • Experience of managing people and supporting them through change.
  • Experience of effectively managing contracts with a focus on quality.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach, working across teams to achieve common goals.
  • Experience of tactical budget management.

Technical

Essential:

  • A valid British Firearms Certificate.
  • Deer Management Qualification Deer Stalkers Certificates 1 and 2 plus ‘Trained Hunter’ status.

Desirable:

  • An understanding of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended.
  • An understanding of the Firearms Act 1968 and as amended.
  • Up to date awareness of current developments in Scottish deer management.

Strengths

You will not be assessed against this at application stage. However, this will be assessed if you are successful for interview.

What we offer you

If successful, you will be entitled to a wide range of benefits. This includes:

  • A generous annual leave allowance of 25 days, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. In addition, there are currently 11.5 days of public and privilege holidays, dates of which are set annually.
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme.
  • Annual pay progression (subject to Scottish Government approval).
  • Access to an ASVA card, giving you free access to over 480 visitor attractions and sites across Scotland.
  • Employee discount with Forest Holidays.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • A generous paid maternity and paternity leave.
  • We recognise the importance of enabling employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance by offering flexi-time arrangements in areas of the business where it is appropriate to do so.
  • Access to join the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), which offers a number of discounts, access to leisure activities, gyms and much more.
  • Free car parking spaces for staff (dependent on the office location).
  • Employee development opportunities - Personal and professional development with a range of in-house courses offered by our Learning and Development team.
  • Fully funded professional accreditation fees required for your role, where applicable.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme – available all year round (24 hours, 7 days a week).
  • Trade union membership for those interested in joining one.

Additional information

Where a vacancy attracts more than 10 applications, only certain ‘essential’ criteria, known as ‘lead criteria’, will be assessed at sift stage, providing this is specified in the advert. However, it is still important that you complete the entire application form in sufficient detail, as there is no way of knowing that a vacancy will have a high number of applications.

We strongly believe in an inclusive and supportive work culture. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of background. We are currently under-represented by women, therefore we encourage applications from females.

Concerns about our recruitment

If you believe that the Civil Service Recruitment Principles have been breached, you can submit a complaint to the Head of People and OD who will assess compliance with the Recruitment Principles but will not review the decision(s) of the selection board.

If you are not satisfied with the response from your complaint, you may submit an appeal to the Civil Service Commission, as set out in the complaint outcome letter. For more information on the Civil Service Commission Complaints Procedure, please click here.

Closing date: Applications are accepted until 11.55 pm on 30 January 2022.

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POSITIONS WANTED

SGA018

After February 2022 I will be looking for a permanent position ideally within deer stalking . I have enjoyed my time as a seasonal ghillie and I am now looking for a placement within Scotland. I am 23 and willing to relocate providing there is accommodation and I am working to gain my driving licence and currently hold Argo, ATV and shotgun tickets and currently applying for my firearms. – CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.

ESTATE COUPLE - SGA017

We are applying for a live-in position, ideally in a remote location in the UK, that utilises our collective skills as lodge/camp/game farm managers. We are British citizens, with South African dual citizenship, resident in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana for the past 11 years and returning permanently to the UK in January 2022. We are low maintenance professionals with strong business capabilities for taking the vision forward for any establishment in the hospitality/game farming/hunting industry.  - CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.


ESTATE WORKER - SGA016

A qualified tree surgeon and have experience in fencing and can operate a telehandler and mini digger I've driven tractors. Looking for work on a shooting estate, I've worked on estates in Northumberland so have knowledge of lawn care strimming and hedge pruning. CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.


ESTATE CARETAKER

Security person, housekeeper, houseman, cleaner, dog-sitter, ghillie, driver, stockman, gardener, general factotum etc available in exchange for self-contained non-shared accommodation and a modest wage. For a detailed CV please email: andyhurrellbenfleet@gmail.com


CAREER CHANGE WANTED

I'm looking for a career change after working in a production and manufacturing environment for 11 years. Trying to find a trainee position in gamekeeping or similar that has accommodation provided.

I am hard working, reliable, punctual individual who is willing to learn new skills and enhance them within a job.

For more information please see my website to find out more about myself and what I'm looking for

daelpixphotography.co.uk/new-career-wanted


INDIVIDUAL LOOKING FOR APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY - SGA12

I am seeking an apprenticeship on a mixed Scottish estate as I have applied to North Highland College UHI for a SVQ2 Modern Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping. I’m 16 years old (turning 17 in June). I am reliable, resilient, honest, fit and hard-working; I am independent yet enjoy working in a team. From a young age I have been very interested in pursuing a career in the outdoor sector.

I enjoy being in the outdoors wether it be fishing or hill walking. In December I stalked and culled my first Red Deer hind on a local estate, where, in the summer/autumn I gained valuable experience grouse beating. I have had some experience with horses as I used to ride when I was younger. I have driven quad bikes and an Argo and aim to attend an intensive driving course as soon as possible. I am due to leave school may and I’m keen to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. CV and contact details can be obtained from the SGA Office.


INDIVIDUAL LOOKING FOR APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY - SGA11

An enthusiastic, reliable and capable Israeli with a European citizenship who finished his army service in 2020 and is interested in ethical hunting for self sustainability and wildlife management is looking for an estate  where he could be an apprentice/volunteer in exchange for accommodation and learn about hunting from an experienced gamekeeper. To discuss further please contact the SGA for a copy of CV and contact information.


INDIVIDUAL LOOKING FOR ESTATE WORK - SGA10

A hard working, reliable and capable individual who is keen to get stuck in and help where they can. They have necessary experience with countryside work such as: tractor driving, quad and ATV’s, chainsaw work, fencing and much more. They passionate about the outdoors and all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. They would really like to learn more about conservation so they can do my part.To discuss further please contact the SGA for a copy of CV and contact information.


NORTH HIGHLAND COLLEGE GAMEKEEPING STUDENT - SGA08

A gamekeeping student is currently looking for a placement on an estate while he attends the North Highland College, if you estate is able to offer such a placement please contact the SGA Office for the CV and contact information.


STALKING GHILLIE WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE FOR FORTHCOMING STAG AND / OR HIND SEASONS. - SGA07

Current Argocat, quad bike and first aid certificates, full clean driving licence with trailer entitlement. DSC Level 2.

.For more information please contact SGA Office.


SHEPHERD/ FARM HAND JOB ON THE A GROUSE MOOR/ COUNTRY ESTATE - SGA05

For more information or CV please contact SGA Office


HEAD OR SINGLE-HANDED POSITION 

Experience Keeper Seeks Head or Single-Handed Position. Over 20 Years’ Experience in All Aspects of Shoot Management. Excellent Working Dogs. All Relevant Tickets Etc. All Areas Considered.

CV And References on Request. Please Contact: Gamekeepingjob@outlook.com 

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