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Abernethy Warden / Deer Stalker

Reference: MAY20219485
Location: Abernethy Forest
Salary: £25,280 - £28,045

We are looking for a hardworking, dedicated Warden whose main role will be deer stalking across forest, moor and mountain but who will also have a passion and knowledge for nature conservation and who will deliver a range of conservation management and monitoring projects.

Abernethy is a huge 15,000-hectare nature reserve in the Cairngorms with over 5000 hectares of expanding pine forest. Our 200-year vision is to expand the forest to its natural limit and this is progressing rapidly as pine naturally regenerates outside the forest and as we plant missing broadleaf trees into open ground. This provides new opportunities for a huge diversity of wildlife, including capercaillie, goshawk, pine marten, twinflower, and pine hoverfly.

The forest expansion, peatland restoration and montane scrub restoration is only possible due to the management of the large population of red and roe deer. You will join a team and be given a stalking beat covering hundreds of hectares of forest and open ground as well as joining joint stalking operations on the wider reserve. Stalking will be undertaken at the most suitable times and this will include regular morning and evening work and include some authorised out of season and night stalking.

What we need from you?

  • Keen interest and knowledge of nature and nature conservation
  • Extensive deer stalking experience
  • Has DSC 1 and has a firearms licence and will be able to get up and running quickly with deer stalking
  • DSC 2 is also extremely desirable, however, for the right candidate this training can be completed on the job. It is essential to the role that this qualification is achieved within the 6 month probation period
  • Happy and able to go stalking inside and outside of the normal working week in tough conditions, often on foot, across difficult terrain
  • Knowledge and experience of the full stalking operation from planning, stalking, carcass retrieval, larder work and record-keeping as well as the related work such as Herbivore Impact Assessment
  • Experience of practical work and delivery of conservation, land management or estate management projects will also form part of the role.

Accommodation may be available to rent on-site.

Closing: 30 July

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Closing Date: 30/07/2021  Location: Abernethy Forest

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