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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 153 Housekeeping staff required Kingairloch Highland Estate    

Kingairloch Highland Estate is family owned and run. We have 10 self-catering cottages, a walled garden and a range of farming activities. The estate is about 15 miles south west of Fort William on the Morvern peninsula.

We are passionate about providing guests and visitors to Kingairloch the highest level of enjoyment.

We are looking for housekeeping staff to join our small hardworking team. They should have a genuine interest in maintaining high standards. They must be enthusiastic and committed to enhancing our guest’s experience. A driving license and a degree of fitness is essential. Duties, depending on experience, will include housekeeping and general gardening.

Competitive salary with accommodation provided. Seasonal position.


If the applicants could reply to James Allan either by Email or Phone on 01397 702433


REF NO 152 Single handed keeper required    

Single handed keeper is required for a syndicate shoot in Leicestershire, would suit a single person or couple due to a caravan as accomodation. Vehicles provided salary dependant on experience.

TO APPLY please email your CV to or call 07889 081242 for more information    
REF NO 151 Shepherd/General estate worker - Angus Glens    

An exciting opportunity has arisen on a sporting estate in the Angus Glens for a single handed shepherd to establish a new Blackface ewe flock as well as manage a flock of wedders on a grouse moor. The candidates must be self-motivated and work well both alone and as part of a larger estate team. The candidates must be flexible, hardworking and committed. A good house is available along with other benefits.

Shepherding experience is required and hill dogs would be advantageous. Candidates should also be willing to get involved in other activities such as forestry, fencing and general estate maintenance work. There may also be an opportunity to become involved in driven grouse and pheasant shoot days.’


To apply ; Please send your CV to    
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.          He 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 146 Countryside Alliance Recruitment agent    




Position Title:                  Membership Recruitment Agent

Reporting to:                   Marketing Manager

Department:                    Marketing & Membership

Based at:                         Field Sales

Hours:                           Flexible – ideal part time/Weekend/Summer work       

Terms:                          Self Employed Commission Structure plus expenses



With around 100,000 members The Countryside Alliance (CA) defends and promotes country sports and rural life at Parliament, in the media and on the ground.

Membership Recruiters are a vital part of the team and are required to identify and recruit members to the organisation.

New Member Opportunity

It is envisaged that a Membership Recruiter will seek to acquire new members in some or all of the following ways:

  • Attend countryside events and shows as a sole membership recruiter, across the country (all events to be agreed with the Marketing Manager).
  • Attend largescale shows as part of the Countryside Alliance presence at the show.
  • Look at other rural events and venues that could potential return members – hunt open days – clay shoots – agricultural college open days
  • Liaise with rural businesses to promote the Countryside Alliance membership leaflets where there will be opportunities to recruit.

Additional opportunities via:

  • Approaching local businesses (by phone and/or face to face) that are related to country sports and rural life, to join them as Trade Members of The Alliance. E.g. Farm shops, Butchers, Fishing Lakes 
  • Building referral relationships with Trade Members to encourage their customers to join the Countryside Alliance via membership leaflets.
  • Direct selling to prospects via a promotional stand (supplied by CA) at local events such as Farmers’ Markets, Town/Village Events, Country Sport Events such as Point to Point Horse Racing



  • To report to the Marketing Manager weekly (if applicable) on opportunities and weekly recruitment figures
  • Represent the business to a high standard of professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Care for all equipment, membership recruitment aids and clothing provided.  (Tent, display materials, literature)
  • Follow the Countryside Alliance policies relating to customer service, health and safety and data protection. 


Skills and Experience:


  • Field Sales experience ideal
  • Good knowledge of the market sector
  • Good communication skills to a varied audience
  • Highly self-motivated and target driven
  • Understanding and empathy with Countryside Alliance core values and campaigns
  • Full driving licence and use of a car to reach agreed work venues
  • Able to work weekends

Travel expenses will be paid at 46p per mile overnight allowance if applicable to be agreed.





Please send your CV and a covering letter to Michelle Nudds, Marketing Manager, Countryside Alliance, Old Town Hall, 367 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT or email for a full job description








  Ref No RR149 Experienced Gamekeeper required



Experienced Gamekeeper , Private Estate – Near Inverness

We are looking for an experienced gamekeeper.  The ideal candidate will be able to work on his own initiative as this is a sole keeper position.  Responsible for rearing 7500 poults.   We have 7 – 8 private shoots a year and 4 commercial shoots. 

You will also be expected to help with other estate duties as and when necessary.

Accommodation and vehicle available.   Competitive salary depending on experience.

Based 20 minutes south of Inverness.

Apply in writing with a covering letter and your CV to Mr Ben Linington, email to

For enquiries please email


Ref No 148 Seasonal Harvest worker    
  Must have experience driving tractors also will include pig/cattle work. Accomodation available Near Thirsk North Yorkshire    

Please contact Alex Guthe on 07802 674220

or email

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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