JOB VACANCY - ESTATE WORKER

Key member of a small team

This is a varied and satisfying long term opportunity for a practical and enthusiastic estate worker to be a part of a small team managing a hill estate in Dumfriesshire.


Tasks would include grounds and buildings maintenance, light forestry, dyking, fencing, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and vermin control. Positive attitude will be key, as will a full UK driving licence. Certifications for chainsaws, firearms and shotguns would also be beneficial. Training will be available for the right candidate.


A competitive package, including a four-bedroom house, is available.

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

TYPICAL WEEK

No week is the same and there will be a wide variety of jobs to do depending on the time of year, weather, and how you choose to prioritise them. It could, however, look a little like this:

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MONDAY

  • Meet up with electricians to arrange house access

  • Re-hang gate with new post

  • Prepare vegetable garden for planting out

  • Check kerosene levels for re-ordering

TUESDAY

  • Routine maintenance on tractor and winch

  • Clear away fallen beech limb and fell damaged young tree

  • Repair damage to dyke

  • Clear ditch and drain from fallen branches and leaves

WEDNESDAY

  • Plant out vegetables

  • Move, log and stack beech limb into log shed

  • Mow lawns around house

  • Evening stalk in new forestry

THURSDAY

  • Chainsaw sharpening and maintenance

  • Winch three thinned larch trees out of wood for gate posts

  • Restock holiday cottage log pile and clear weeds from gravel

  • Put out wheelie bins for collection

FRIDAY

  • Arrange mower maintenance

  • Repair quad bike trailer

  • Clear gutters around steading

  • Prepare workshop door for repainting

EMPLOYMENT PACKAGE

Benefits:

  • Hours and wage negotiable

  • Statutory pension

  • Four-bedroom house available, well-suited to a young family

  • 29 days holiday (including public holidays) or equivalent pro rata

  • Training

  • Free supply of logs for personal use

House:

  • Four bedrooms

  • One bathroom and separate WC

  • Large living room with wood-burning stove and dining area

  • Large kitchen with modern Raeburn cooker

  • Larder

  • Boot room back hall

  • Two external sheds and a kennel

  • Large garden, including vegetable patch

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