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Estate Worker

Pitlochry, Perthshire


Job Description

Atholl Estates is an exceptional destination offering a mix of high quality and authentic visitor experiences that include Blair Castle and Gardens and a range of outdoor activities, all amid spectacular scenery and a variety of accommodation options. We run a wide range of land based enterprises including farming, forestry, field sports and events and we offer a mixed portfolio of let properties including houses, farms, retail space and industrial space. Recently we have also moved into energy production and now run five hydro schemes. Our 2019 Forward Plan illustrates the range of our enterprises and our immediate plans for them and a copy of this is available to download from our website.


Reporting to: relevant department manager for task.



A role has been created on a fixed term contract of two years, offering the opportunity to work within a number of departments on Atholl Estates. The role will give the candidate the opportunity to gain experience in a number of fields, whilst also offering some structured training and career development.


Specifically :

  • Horse Trials (January - August)
  • Site grass management by topping with tractor
  • Strimming, and quad bike flail mower
  • General duties to support course build during July / August
  • Game Department (August - December)
  • Pony Ghillieing for grouse, stags and hind sporting parties on challenging terrain.
  • Host land rover safaris after relevant training.
  • Ranger Service (Ongoing)
  • Routine path checks and repairs to gates and styles
  • Cyclical bridge checks and repairs
  • Storm and flood repairs to paths and tracks
  • Replacing and repairing way-markers, gates, signs and other countryside furniture.
  • Scouts projects, Open Day


Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the countryside
  • Flexible approach to hours worked and duties undertaken
  • Organisational skills and able to work on own initiative as required
  • Honesty and a high level of integrity
  • Enthusiasm and capacity for hard work
  • High standards of care in respect of estate property, vehicles and equipment
  • Awareness of and compliance with Health & Safety policy and job-related risk assessments
  • Tractor driving (with or without a trailer), operating a telehandler and using a chainsaw. Training can be given if required.
  • Pesticide application certificates PA1 & PA6 after training
  • A good standard of literacy and numeracy (e.g. Grade C at GSCE English & Maths)
  • Willingness to undertake further training as necessary


Key attributes:

  • Tractor driving experience desirable, machinery knowledge advantageous but should be mechanically sympathetic
  • ATV experience, tickets would be beneficial but training can be given
  • Trailer license for trailers over 750kg - training can be given
  • Ability to work under own supervision, and perform key tasks to a high standard
  • Ability to work in all weathers, with some long hours during certain periods.


It will be a varied role requiring someone who is practical, professional, and above all flexible.


To download the application pack and apply please visit our website or contact Julian Clarke on JCEC@atholl-estates.co.uk 




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