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I registered with RR and received an email offering me a week's work looking after an estate's grounds while the keeper was on holiday. The job information emailed through was first rate - where, when, how long, how much pay etc. This reassured me and gave me the peace of mind to know I was dealing with a very professional and trustworthy agency.

Whilst working on the estate I received a call from George to see that everything was OK. When the work finished, George gave me a follow up call to see how it all went plus offered me a further month of work at the same Estate. I was delighted and am even more pleased that this temporary work has now  progressed into a full time position not only for me, but also my partner and we now also live on the Estate!

What a fantastic service - thank you RR!  

Mark Council
REF NO 144   Estate Handyman/stalker and housekeeper couple Required    

Location:- Coignafearn Estate, Tomatin, Inverness.

Employer:- Coignafearn Estate.

Reporting to:- Donna Skelly, Solicitor and Factor, Grigor & Young, No 1 North Street and to the Estate Manager, Kenny Graham, Coignafearn.

Job Type:- Permanent role full-time for  Estate Handyman / Stalker, variable for Housekeeper depending on requirements.

Salary:- to be negotiated, depending on experience.


Other:-  Joint accommodation and vehicles provided. 


This is an excellent position for an experienced couple. Coignafearn lies at the heart of the Monadhliath Mountains in upper Strathdearn, some 15km South - west of Tomatin in Inverness-shire. The Estate extends to 15,942 hectares and contains the headwater of the River Findhorn. Our Client’s over-arching objective for the estate is to facilitate the ecological restoration of its important upland habitats and to manage the sporting and other assets in an effective, efficient and ethical manner.

Estate Stalker/Handyman Duties:-


  1. Repair and maintenance of estate infrastructure and vehicles as may be instructed by the Factor and Estate Manager;
  2. Digger /excavator / tractor proficiency and experience of estate maintenance including road repairs and working in peatland habitats will be essential. The ideal candidate will hold a valid CPCS Trained Operator’s Card;
  3. Assist the existing team to carry out the culling of deer to the highest standards and to report to the Estate Manager regularly on deer populations and dynamics, deer densities, and movements. The successful candidate may be asked to take out paying guests and / or family members and friends of the Owner and must therefore be an experienced Stalker;
  4. Previous experience of grouse management (including driven grouse) and working with dogs is desirable. The successful candidate may be asked to take out paying guns and / or family members and friends of the Owner;
  5. Assist the existing team with the ecological recovery of a variety of nationally scarce upland habitats including native woodland and scrub, peatland and riparian areas;
  6. Assist the existing team with conservation of a variety of flora and fauna on the Estate;
  7. The Estate Handyman /Stalker must uphold all laws relating to wildlife, especially in respect of protected species.          will be familiar with internal environmental legislation, including The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the                Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 and external legislation such as the European Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.


Housekeeper Duties:-


  1. Client’s Lodge to be prepared to first class standards for family and guests, carrying out all usual housekeeping duties, including washing and laundry when the family are in residence;
  2. Carrying out deep cleans of the Client’s Lodge, the Sporting Lodge, 2 further Guest Cottages and Beater’s Bothy when required. Tidying subjects and processing laundry after occupation ready for new family guests, sporting guests and beaters;
  3. Enjoy cooking for the family and cater for dinner parties;
  4. Occasionally assist throughout the evening when the principals are entertaining;
  5. Household provisioning and fresh food shopping;
  6. Prepare breakfasts, lunches and evening meals for sporting guests when required;
  7. Prepare breakfasts, lunches and evening meals for beaters when required;
  8. Carrying out all usual housekeeping duties when guests are in residence in the Estate Properties.






Please apply, in confidence, by 4pm on Wednesday 10th June 2015 with a full CV for each candidate via direct e-mail to:-


Donna Skelly, Solicitor and Factor

Grigor & Young

No 1 North Street



IV30 1 UA


Direct Dial 01343 564832


REF NO 142 Trainee/Apprentice gamekeeper required    

Prestigious wildfowl & Pheasant shoot in the Scottish Isles are seeking an apprentice/trainee to work alongside the existing team, must have a driving license be a hard worker and comitted.

Apply to: Please send your CV to    





  Ref No RR132  Retired gamekeeper and wife required


Retired Keeper and wife required to assist with our Private Family Driven Shoot (we shoot 6 – 8 days a season), gardening and housework.

This full time permanent position would suit a fit, active, reliable and trustworthy country loving couple with common sense and a “can do” attitude, prepared to assist with countryside activities and pursuits, gardening including vegetable garden, occasional cooking, driving, dog and house sitting.

Both must have full driving licences, speak excellent English and be non-smokers.  CRB checks will be required.

Based on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s principal market town

We offer a large 2-bed detached house plus agreed salary.

To apply, please forward a covering letter along with your CVs, photos and references in the first instance to:- 

Ruth Benson


Ref No RR143 Underkeeper Required  in Staffordshire    
Requirements Ideally you will have around 5 years experience including rearing, also own dogs driving license and shotgun certificate, a one bedroomed apartment is available    
Apply; with CV to    
Ref No RR140

Country Clothing Manager   Buckinghamshire



Our busy and expanding gun & country clothing shop is
looking for a full-time person to run our thriving clothing & department.


About us

Oxford Country Clothing is part of The Oxford Gun Company, a 40 year established gun shop & shooting school on the Buckinghamshire/ Oxfordshire border. Set in 400 acres of fields and woodland, our shop & shooting grounds are the peaceful setting for our customers to browse and purchase, away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life.


The position

As front-of-house, you will be the first person our customers see, giving a warm welcome and giving a fantastic first impression of our business. You will greet customers as they arrive, understanding their needs, and helping them find what they’re looking for


We are therefore looking for someone who:

  • has excellent interpersonal skills
  • is friendly & approachable
  • has a warm personality
  • gives a good first impression


Along with making our customers feel welcome, you will also be responsible for:

  • advising customers on their purchases
  • helping with promotions
  • use of the till / cash handling
  • answering phone calls and customer queries
  • booking customer appointments
  • replenishing, displaying stock & stock-room control
  • keeping the shop clean, tidy and clutter-free
  • providing '5 star' customer service
  • looking after corporate clients and client groups
  • ensuring sales targets are met
  • keeping the dedicated clothing website and social media up-to-date with new items and promotions


Your skills and experience

Within our thriving and growing business, you will need to demonstrate:

  • a passion for country pursuits
  • an understanding of VIP culture
  • a 'can do, will do' attitude
  • willingness to go above and beyond at every opportunity
  • excellent levels of customer service
  • fashion sales experience (desirable but not essential)
  • ability to work flexible hours
  • your ability to work alone, and as part of a team
  • ability to remain calm, and work under pressure


Opportunities to progress

Once established in the business, we will encourage you to work towards a shop managerial position, which will require you to:

  • maintain relationships with existing suppliers, while seeking new ones
  • select new products, and review current ones
  • take ownership for stock control and ordering
  • develop and promote a new mail-order service


Working hours

Your standard working week will be around 40 to 50 hours, however these will be flexible, and will include every Saturday. During busier times (e.g. shows and promotional events) you will be required to work the occasional Sunday and/or bank holiday, but this will be arranged in advance on joining the company.



Your salary will be competitive within the industry, and reflect your relevant skills & experience.




If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and a covering letter to

 Or, for more information, please call David on: 01844 238308


The Oxford Gun Company, Jericho Farm, Oxford Road, Oakley, Buckinghamshire HP18 9RG


Ref No RR127:  Grey Squirrel Control and Monitoring Officer North East Scotland  Position Filled    

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Red Squirrel Survival Trust and Scottish Land and Estates, with support from local stakeholders, are implementing Phase 3 of a major project to conserve Scotland's red squirrel population.

We are recruiting a new grey squirrel control and monitoring officer to, carry out grey squirrel control and monitoring to a targeted programme aimed at progressively reducing the grey squirrel population in Aberdeen to allow red squirrels to continue to recolonise city parks and gardens. This will be an interesting post with a great deal of opportunity to develop innovative approaches to both our monitoring and our trapping methods. The control officer will report to the SSRS Project Officer North East.

                                                The Scottish Wildlife Trust is committed to equal opportunities.

Experience & Qualifications:
  • Employed by SWT, applicants will hold a vocational qualification in game and wildlife management, gamekeepering, countryside management or a degree in a related subject, and will demonstrate experience in a relevant field.
  •  A commitment to wildlife conservation and the ability to keep accurate records of both trapping effort and catches are essential.
  •  Proven experience of effective working with the public, private landowners, conservation agencies and volunteer groups along with good interpersonal skills are desirable, as is a familiarity with Aberdeen.
  • Current driving licence essential.
Applications, how to apply & further information:

www.  or email  for application form.

Closing Date:

Closing date for applications:  Monday 10 March 2014.  

Interviews: week beginning 24 March 2014.

Ref No RR126:  Stalker required on Invercauld Estate Aberdeenshire    Position Filled    

Fully experienced Beatkeeper required with red hill stalking experience including ponies

Experience and qualifications:   Should be a fully experienced beat keeper with hill red stalking experience with ponies.  Should also be amenable to working with a busy young family.    
Apply to:

Invercauld Estate Office, 4 Keiloch,Braemar, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

AB35 5TW                       

or telephone 013397 41224 for more information

Please provide a C.V. and photograph on application

Ref No RR125:  Shepherd/Gamekeeper/Groundsman  Worcestershire POSITION NOW FILLED    

Shepherd/Gamekeeper/Groundsman required to assist on diverse farming enterprise.

The successful candidate will be responsible for running a small private shoot looking after 8 week poults through to end of season, he/she will also assist with the maintenance of a  flock of 2000 sheep, including moving,feeding and vaccinating/worming etc. During the summer months there will be some grounds keeping duties.

There are opportunities for Bar work as well as deer/vermin control.

Details:    Accommodation available    
Apply to:  Cv and refs to    

Ref No RR124: Assistant Part Time Gamekeeper required near Basingstoke  POSITION FILLED


Part time position available which requires experience in all aspects of game management.  The applicant will need to deomonstrate knowledge and ability to think laterally.  The applicant will further need to prove the ability to provide dedicated time at appropriate times of the season. 

  Required:   Clearn drifving license and firearms certificates    
   Details:   The applicant would ideally reside within an 8 miles radius of Basingstoke    
  Apply to:    Reply to
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