Trainee Stalker – Cairngorms Connect


Learn about deer management for habitat restoration as part of the Cairngorms Connect
Partnership – the UK’s most significant landscape-scale habitat restoration project.

This is a 12-month post working with the Cairngorms Connect Stalker and receiving on-the-job
training to develop knowledge and skills in deer management to achieve the Deer Stalking
Certificate Level 1 by the end of the traineeship.

What’s the role about?

The Trainee Stalker will work with the Cairngorms Connect Stalker to learn about and assist
with the targeted deer control in the Project area, primarily in remote locations and at high
altitudes across large sections of the Cairngorms Connect project area. 

A reduction in deer density is a crucial action to allow the expansion of native woodland
through natural regeneration and planting. The Trainee will also be involved in estate works
related to deer control and woodland expansion, e.g. tree nursery tasks, track maintenance,
fencing, tree pruning/felling, etc… 

The Trainee Stalker will receive formal training in First Aid at Work, 4×4 driving and ATV
driving; There will also be on-the-job training in deer ecology and management, stalking,
shooting, extraction and lardering skills with the overall aim of achieving the Deer Stalking
Certificate Level 1 (DSC 1) by the end of the Traineeship. Personal Protective Equipment
(Waterproofs, gloves, boots, hearing protection) will be provided. 

We are looking for a person with the following essential skills and

– A disciplined and self-motivated person willing to work in remote locations and in poor
weather conditions.

– Physically fit and able to cover long distances on foot over difficult terrain.

– Willing to work anti-social hours – early mornings, evenings and night shooting.

– Committed to delivering high-quality deer control and land management tasks.

– Interested in practical land management and machinery care/maintenance.

– A capable communicator, happy to work with project partners.

– Data recording, writing and report compilation skills

– Eligible to work and drive in the UK with a full driving license. 

– Eligible to hold a Firearms Certificate.

Additional Information

This is a Fixed-Term (12 months) / Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week. 

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 3/7/23. For further information
please get in touch with [email protected]

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form
including evidence of how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

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