Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £22,672 per annum

Location: Mar Lodge Estate


To assist the sporting team in managing and enhancing the game management activities on Mar lodge Estate In accordance with the Deer Management Plan. Principally this will involve the use of ATV vehicles for extraction of deer carcasses, associated larder work, and general estate maintenance duties as required.

This position plays a vital role in the practical implementation and successful delivery of the written management plans. The location of the estate in such an area of environmental significance as well as high levels of public usage means that the role is often employed in practical ways to inform and educate both staff and members of the public thus reducing the risk of potential conflict between our three core principles which are, Conservation – Access – Field Sports.


• Helping to Deliver the MLE management plan and DMP, under the training, supervision and direction of a Stalker.
• Working at all times to a level of service delivery equivalent to, or above, published codes of conduct and best practice relating to areas of work undertaken as part of the duties of a Ghillie.
• Care and use of estate vehicles and machinery required to undertake the necessary duties of a Ghillie, such as ATV’s, 4WD’s, Tractors, including the maintenance and operator checks necessary for all vehicles and machinery used, as per training and manufacturers guidelines.
• To implement fully the National Trust for Scotland’s Health and safety policy.
• To extend the understanding of visitors to the estate of game management and field sports and the harmonious benefits to be experienced for both sports and conservation.
• General estate duties as required.




 A full driving license


 A trailer driving license
 Shotgun and/or FAC certificate
 DMQ1
 Argo/skid steer ATV certificate
 Previous experience of the same or similar role.
 First aid certificate.
 A game keeping/stalking, college qualification.



 The ability to work in the challenging environment of the highlands, undertaking arduous and challenging work, mostly in remote locations.
 A sound and practical knowledge of health and safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes.
 A commitment to undertaking field sports and nature conservation to the highest standards.
 A methodical approach to undertaking tasks.
 The tenacity to undertake lone working in remote areas as required by the role.
 The ability to conduct or the willingness to learn estate maintenance skills like, but not limited to, grass cutting, grass strimming and firewood processing.


 Experience of ATV’s on and off tracks/roads
 Experience of 4WD’s on and off tracks/roads
 Basic larder butchery or the willingness to learn.
 Knowledge of all forms of deer extraction.



 This is a role with a high element of health and safety.
 This is a role which works actively outdoors, often in inclement weather, and on occasions in anti-social hours.
 This role requires the ability to be involved in the culling and butchery of wild deer.
 This role may require the post holder to be involved in deer management methods through the use of out of season and night licenses.

People Management

 This role does not manage or supervise other staff or volunteers.
 This role is designed to interact with visitors and guests.

Finance Management

 This role is not a budget holder.

Shared accommodation may be provided.

The Key Responsibilities, Scope of Job, and Required Qualifications, Skills, Experience & Knowledge reflect the requirements of the job at the time of issue. The Trust reserves the right to amend these with appropriate consultation and/or request the post-holder to undertake any activities that it believes to be reasonable within the broad scope of the job or his/her general abilities.

Application Deadline: Sunday 18/06/2023