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Cromarty Firth Fishery Board – Vacancy


The Cromarty Firth Fishery Board has a vacancy for the post of full time Fishery Officer. The Board is a statutory body responsible for the management of salmon and sea trout over the Cromarty catchment which includes rivers such as the Conon, Blackwater, Orrin, Alness, Balnagown and Allt Graad.

Duties of the Fishery Officer are varied and include:

- Protection of salmon stocks by enforcing current fisheries legislation,
- Anti-poaching patrols (day and night shift work),
- Conducting practical riparian improvement works,
- Undertaking trapping and movement of juvenile fish.
- Liaison with river users - including anglers, campers, the general public,
- Assisting with scientific data collection,
- Working alongside Police Scotland in joint patrols.
- The role will also include maintenance work such as strimming, gorse removal, INNS spraying throughout the year.
- Assisting with the operation of an adult salmon trap and assisting with the operation of a modern hatchery.
- Undertaking bird counts, at times in a canoe.

The above list is not exhaustive and training for this varied work will be provided.

The successful applicant must be able to:

- Work as part of the existing team and will report to the Operations Manager,
- Have good communication skills,
- Be self-motivated,
- Flexible and use own initiative,
- Possess a knowledge and appreciation of working in an outdoor environment,
- Competent with the use of technology and computers,
- Hold a full driving licence.

It is essential that the applicant either has passed the Water Bailiff training exam or completes the course during their probationary period. The successful applicant will also have to complete the level one electrofishing course. A basic knowledge of fishing methods is desirable but willingness to learn is equally as important. A shotgun and air gun licence would be helpful but not essential.

It should be noted that during times of salmon protection work and this will involve night shift and weekend work, the hours of work may vary during the year and applicants will have to work shifts spread over nights and days, usually in a split shift pattern during the fishing season. Work during the juvenile and adult trapping may also include weekend and 24 hour on call work on a rota. Salary will be commensurate with experience and a pension will be provided.

For further details please call or email the Clerk to the Board, Neil Wright on 01463 245368 or email Interviews will be held from the end of July.

To apply for this post please send your CV and covering letter by 22nd July 2022 to:

Clerk to the Brora District Salmon Fishery Board
Galbraith, Reay House, 17 Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness, IV2 3HF

Or by email to :


A traditional family run West Highland stalking estate is looking for an enthusiastic seasonal ghillie to assist with the stag stalking season, commencing in early September, 2022 working through to late October. All applicants should have experience of highland stalking practices, with a keen interest in the management of deer. Other pertinent details:

  • A good level of physical fitness given the steep terrain. 
  • Experience and where possible, ATV certificates (quad bikes)
  • A positive attitude with a willingness to get stuck in
  • The availability to work 6 days a week
  • Accommodation provided but own transport required out of working hours 

For further information, or to apply please send CV’s with references, where possible to  


Seasonal Ghillie Vacancies, Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland

Competitive Salary, Benefits, Travel and Rent-Free Accommodation

Head for the Scottish Highlands this summer and join our Sporting team in providing excellent service to our guests whilst deer stalking and fishing, while in your spare time enjoying the tranquillity and natural beauty of one of Scotland’s finest rural estates.

The Reay Forest, situated in the northwest Highlands, is a sporting estate famed for deer, trout and salmon as well as its wild beauty and remote landscapes.

We are recruiting for 4x Seasonal Ghillies, starting in July 2022 through to October 2022 working 40 hours per week and would encourage all applicants to apply, including those with partners looking for Seasonal Domestic work, where we have various housekeeping and cook positions available to discuss further on enquiry.

We provide an excellent package with competitive rates of pay, a non-contributory pension, as well as free accommodation and utility bills, including broadband. We will also reimburse travel to and from the estate at the start and end of your time with us. Additionally, with our games room, social committee and breath-taking location, our friendly team benefits from combining their work with experiencing beautiful scenery in their leisure time.
The successful candidates will maintain the wildlife and habitat infrastructure on the Estate through the season, whilst also assisting the Stalkers and Gamekeepers with carcass handling, storage, processing and management/cleaning of the larder areas. You will also gain experience with our working ponies, assisting with grooming, feeding and general animal welfare whilst providing a professional, friendly and exciting experience for our seasonal guests.
Excellent customer service skills and a full driving licence are essential.
We are a values-led organisation which represents the Grosvenor family. Our work in rural estate management alongside Grosvenor’s other activities in international urban property, food & agtech and support for philanthropic initiatives, shares a common purpose – to deliver lasting commercial, social and environmental benefit –addressing today’s needs while taking responsibility for those of future generations. 

To apply or for more information, please contact:
David Allison, Head Stalker on 07739 626 445 or
Please note that applicants will be security vetted.


Due to retirement, we are looking to recruit a beat keeper for a successful and long-established commercial shoot on a privately run estate in Aberdeenshire.

The shoot has a good reputation, for providing good quality driven and walked up shooting.

The successful applicant must be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and organised, capable to work within a team. The individual must be confidant, responsible and be an effective communicator.

The role includes being responsible for your own beat.

Efficient and effective in predator control for the protection of ground nesting birds and protection of farm livestock.

It is essential that you have your own working dogs.

An interest in and experience in rearing pheasants would be an advantage.

Experience in deer management and relevant qualifications while not essential, would be useful.

Ideally you will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience.

Accommodation is available.

Essential requirements:

Shotgun certificate

Firearms certificate

UK Driving License

Snaring Qualification

ATV Qualification

Please send your CV with covering letter by email to Mr Calvert McKibbin

Email :


Loch Assynt Lodge Estate, a picturesque Estate near Lochinver in Sutherland, combining stalking, fishing and west coast exploration, is looking for an Estate Manager/Stalker/Caretaker and a Housekeeper.

The position would suit a couple, with “one half” expected to perform the role of stalker, keeper, caretaker and handyman and the “other half” looking after the lodge. Whilst it is not critical, if the housekeeper were able to cook for guests, it would be beneficial. The couple will also be expected to look after the garden. Successful applicants will be able to fulfil a variety of roles and be able to undertake property maintenance and management, people management, stalking and hill management and deal with the varied challenges that living on a remote estate involves.

The Estate consists of Loch Assynt Lodge, a cottage and various outbuildings. The ground extends to 2,000 acres and has a variety of paths and tracks. There is fishing on Loch Assynt. There is an assortment of equipment including a quad bike and argo cat (necessary qualifications will be required) along with other equipment usually found on an estate of this nature. All assets will need to be maintained. The flora and fauna must be managed sustainably and 6-8 stags and 8-10 hinds are shot annually. The Estate is a member of the West Sutherland Deer Management Group.

Personal attributes required: reliable, resilient, highly competent, mechanical, enthusiastic, loves the hill, knows deer, happy in remote areas, sense of humour, good with guests and family alike, technologically competent and good with communication.

Applicants will require a driving licence, to gain, if they do not already hold, ATV qualifications and to fulfil the stalking role, Level 1 in Deer Management, a shotgun and firearms licence. Must have UK right-to-work.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.  Rent-free accommodation included.

Applications with CV to:

Michael Laing, Strutt & Parker:


Ardverikie Estate requires a seasonal Ghillie for the 2022 Stag season,  from 1st August to 15th October.  Good rate of pay and conditions for suitably experienced candidate.  Full driving licence with trailer entitlement is essential.  Argo ticket and/or pony experience would also be useful.

Applications by email to the Estate Manager : or telephone 01528 544300


 Due to retirement from the hill of one of our grouse moor beat keepers an excellent opportunity has arisen for a hardworking, enthusiastic, experienced Beat keeper to join a dedicated team on a prestigious Grouse Moor in the Angus Glens.

The successful candidate must be able to work as part of a team but also have the ability to work on their own and demonstrate a professional approach to all aspects of grouse moor management.

A full driving licence and current FAC/SGC are required

Relevant training certificates would also be beneficial, but training will be given where required.

An excellent remuneration package including accommodation, vehicle, and pension.

Please apply in confidence with CV and references to:

Neal Annand -


Position available (Now for two years for a trainee keeper on traditional sporting beat utilizing hill ponies for deer extraction.

Pony experience essential / Quad and Argo tickets preferred although training will be given.

Accommodation provided and competitive rates of pay.

Please send a brief CV / covering letter to



I am currently in the process of looking for a new opportunity within the game keeping industry.  I am currently employed as a trainee keeper and have been in my current position since May 2019 when I started my work placement whilst completing my Modern Apprenticeship and National Certificate in Game Keeping. I have now completed the qualification and I’m looking the next steppingstone in my career.  

My duties vary and include all aspects of grouse, deer, and moorland management and during the stalking season I am walking and driving ghillie for the senior beat keeper.  This role has enabled me to gain invaluable skills whilst gaining a qualification at the same time.  As a person I am hardworking, reliable and enjoy working as both a team member and on my own. I have a full clean driver’s licence, Firearms, and shotgun certificate as well as many practical qualifications that all help me with my day-to-day duties in my role as trainee keeper.


I am currently enrolled in the Gamekeeping - NC at Borders College, Newtown St. Boswells and am looking for a placement as soon as possible until June this year. I have been accepted on the Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management - HNC course starting in September, and will be looking for a placement for the academic year which will be 3 weeks at college followed by 3 weeks placement during term time. I live in Hawick, and hoping to have my driving licence by the end of the summer. I would be willing to live on site if accommodation was available. If a reference is required, this can be provided


After February 2022 I will be looking for a permanent position ideally within deer stalking . I have enjoyed my time as a seasonal ghillie and I am now looking for a placement within Scotland. I am 23 and willing to relocate providing there is accommodation and I am working to gain my driving licence and currently hold Argo, ATV and shotgun tickets and currently applying for my firearms. – CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.


We are applying for a live-in position, ideally in a remote location in the UK, that utilises our collective skills as lodge/camp/game farm managers. We are British citizens, with South African dual citizenship, resident in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana for the past 11 years and returning permanently to the UK in January 2022. We are low maintenance professionals with strong business capabilities for taking the vision forward for any establishment in the hospitality/game farming/hunting industry.  - CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.


A qualified tree surgeon and have experience in fencing and can operate a telehandler and mini digger I've driven tractors. Looking for work on a shooting estate, I've worked on estates in Northumberland so have knowledge of lawn care strimming and hedge pruning. CV available from SGA office with reference number quoted.


Security person, housekeeper, houseman, cleaner, dog-sitter, ghillie, driver, stockman, gardener, general factotum etc available in exchange for self-contained non-shared accommodation and a modest wage. For a detailed CV please email:


I am seeking an apprenticeship on a mixed Scottish estate as I have applied to North Highland College UHI for a SVQ2 Modern Apprenticeship in Gamekeeping. I’m 16 years old (turning 17 in June). I am reliable, resilient, honest, fit and hard-working; I am independent yet enjoy working in a team. From a young age I have been very interested in pursuing a career in the outdoor sector.

I enjoy being in the outdoors whether it be fishing or hill walking. In December I stalked and culled my first Red Deer hind on a local estate, where, in the summer/autumn I gained valuable experience grouse beating. I have had some experience with horses as I used to ride when I was younger. I have driven quad bikes and an Argo and aim to attend an intensive driving course as soon as possible. I am due to leave school may and I’m keen to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. CV and contact details can be obtained from the SGA Office.


An enthusiastic, reliable and capable Israeli with a European citizenship who finished his army service in 2020 and is interested in ethical hunting for self sustainability and wildlife management is looking for an estate  where he could be an apprentice/volunteer in exchange for accommodation and learn about hunting from an experienced gamekeeper. To discuss further please contact the SGA for a copy of CV and contact information.


A hard working, reliable and capable individual who is keen to get stuck in and help where they can. They have necessary experience with countryside work such as: tractor driving, quad and ATV’s, chainsaw work, fencing and much more. They passionate about the outdoors and all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. They would really like to learn more about conservation so they can do my part.To discuss further please contact the SGA for a copy of CV and contact information.


A gamekeeping student is currently looking for a placement on an estate while he attends the North Highland College, if you estate is able to offer such a placement please contact the SGA Office for the CV and contact information.


Current Argocat, quad bike and first aid certificates, full clean driving licence with trailer entitlement. DSC Level 2.

.For more information please contact SGA Office.


For more information or CV please contact SGA Office


Experience Keeper Seeks Head or Single-Handed Position. Over 20 Years’ Experience in All Aspects of Shoot Management. Excellent Working Dogs. All Relevant Tickets Etc. All Areas Considered.

CV And References on Request. Please Contact: 

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