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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 RR134 Loaders required for a partridge shoot near York North Yorkshire    
Team of 8 loaders are required for various partridge days throughout September, October and November for an estate on the Yorkshire wolds. Experience would be an advantage but not essential as a training day would be provided for the right team.    

Apply to please quote ref no RR134

Ref No RR131:  Seasonal Landfill Bird Controller South Coast    

Using falconry, distress calls, pyrotechnics, blank guns shots, kites and other methods available to you - prevent scavenging birds from feeding on site and causing nuisance to the local neighbours and site staff.


Using falconry, distress calls, pyrotechnics, blank guns shots, kites and other methods available to you - prevent scavenging birds from feeding on site and causing nuisance to the local neighbours and site staff.


An outdoor person with an interest in country pursuits and wildlife. No specific falconry experience needed as full training and equipment will be provided. What is required is a positive attitude to learning a new skill (flying a hawk), total reliability, strong self-motivation as most of the wok is solo, and a customer friendly manner and appearance.

Specific Objectives::
  • Prevent no more than 20 scavenging birds access to site for 20 minutes
  • Keep the birds in good health and feather
  • Attend site at contracted times
  • To develop positive working relationship with client
  • Develop skills and knowledge to further develop
  • Provide a high level of care to the birds in your possession.
  • To Fly the birds during the day in a manner which effectively scare and deters scavenging birds
  • To house and care for the birds outside the normal working day.
  • Carryout regular patrols of the site.
  • You all supportive deterrents at your disposal to maintain a level of control should the weather not permit the flying of the falcons.
  • Carryout daily reports and file in site file.
  • Liaise with area manager to improve service where possible and advise of any situation that may prevent NBC from achieving the clients required service level.
Hours of Work :

Working a “Dawn to Dusk” Rota with a colleague you’ll typically cover a 12-16 hour day on a 4 days on 3 days off then 3 days on, 4 days off Rota pattern.

This is a seasonal position ( approx 6 month contract) expected to last until end of September 2014.



£ 8.65 per hour

Applications and c.v.'s should be sent to: only


NBC Bird and Pest Solutions 17a Maurice Gaymer Road Attleborough Norfolk NR17 2QZ

 T: 01953 457 979 F: 01953452 870

 E:  W:


Ref No RR128:  Beat Keeper & Under Keeper Positions available on Exmoor Shoots POSITION NOW FILLED    

Exmoor Shoots with Beat Keeper and Under Keeper Positions for Partridge and Pheasants.

Opportunities have arisen to join our existing professional and enthusiastic team.

 Experience and qualifications: The applicants must be highly motivated with the necessary experience required to carry out their duties to the highest standards    
To apply and for further  information contact: Please send CV to or telephone 01398 331174 ext 5 for more information.    
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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