Ranger - Beldorney Estate

Highlands Rewilding

Huntly, Aberdeenshire
£24,000 - £32,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.highlandsrewilding.co.uk

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 24th June 2024   5 days left


A flagship nature recovery project in the Highlands of Scotland seeks a ranger for the Beldorney Estate, in Glass near Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Beldorney Estate contains a mosaic of habitats from native woodland to wetlands, pastures to plantations.

The purpose of Highlands Rewilding is to enable nature recovery and community prosperity, through rewilding at scale. We manage land to facilitate measurable increases in biodiversity and carbon sequestration, to generate ethical profits, and to deliver community benefits. 

The role 

The ranger will work as part of the land team carrying out a range of work across Beldorney Estate, as assigned by the Estate Manager. 

The role will involve: 

  • General estate and forestry work such as planting, aftercare of newly planted trees, grass cutting, fencing, property maintenance, and small-scale felling.
  • Working closely with the Science team to carry out ecological surveys and monitoring (for example herbivore impact assessments, camera traps and acoustic sensors).
  • Habitat management to create and maintain favourable conditions for wildlife.
  • Helping to build and maintain low key facilities for eco-tourism, including establishing and maintaining a network of formal and informal paths.
  • Being an active participant in the team striving to enable nature recovery and community prosperity through rewilding, including being involved in community events and tours.

Person specification 

Essential: 

  • Experience of working outdoors in all weathers. 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to share information with a diverse range of people, including staff and public groups. 
  • Ecological knowledge and interest. 
  • A full clean driver's license. 
  • Familiarity with working within good Health & Safety guidelines. 
  • Be collegial, happy to work alone and as part of a team. 

Desirable: 

  • Chainsaw, ATV and First Aid certificates (but not essential as training can be offered). 
  • Plant and bird species identification and survey skills.
  • Experience of working with livestock, regenerative agriculture, horticulture, freshwater ecology, or soil biology. 

The role will be predominantly based on Beldorney Estate. The successful candidate will live within travelling distance of the estate or be prepared to relocate accordingly. This will be a full-time role of Monday-Friday, hours are negotiable. On occasion, there may be a need to work outside of normal hours.

How to Apply 

Please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are well suited to the role to [email protected]. The application deadline 8:00 on Monday 24th June 2024. 

We are open to considering part-time or flexible work arrangements. We are building a team and a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, and experience and invite a diversity of applicants. Additionally, as important elements of the Highlands Rewilding model are its strong connection to communities in the Highlands of Scotland and its aim to create local employment, we will be interested in candidates who may have those connections.