Estate Worker

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £22,672 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Mar Lodge Estate


As part of the Estate team you will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Estate in accordance with the Mar Lodge Estate management plan. To deliver all aspects of ground, building and plant/machinery maintenance at Mar Lodge Estate to a high standard. In addition, actively participate in management of the estate woodlands, tracks and footpaths. To be the public face of the National Trust for Scotland whilst working on the ground.


• Undertake ground maintenance to maintain the policies and garden areas to include grass cutting, fencing, spraying, track and footpath maintenance.

• Undertake building maintenance to maintain Mar Lodge, short term holiday lets, residential and commercial buildings in excellent condition to include plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating. Also carry out maintenance work to office/yard areas.

• Biomass plant upkeep and maintenance including: ensuring the smooth running of the heating system, year round monitoring of the woodchip levels, woodchip management, daily monitoring of the boiler and efficiency.

• Assist in the servicing/repair of plant/machinery

• Attending to any administrative needs of the job (e.g. health and safety documents, HAV forms) in a timely and efficient manner.

• Participate in ‘on-call’ rota for weekend cover if required. Pro rata, per annum



 Qualification at HNC level or equivalent in a land or trade based subject or significant equivalent practical experience;
 Full driving licence valid for driving in the UK
 Operator’s certificate for agricultural tractors
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; confident in interacting and dealing with a wide range of people; and able to represent the Trust;
 Good organisational and time-management skills – including the ability to prioritise work where necessary;
 Eye for detail and finish, quality standard and best practice.

 Operator’s certificates for basic chainsaw operations
 Driving Licence Category E or equivalent (towing trailers)
 Operator’s certificates for 180 and 360 diggers;
 Operators certificate for telehandler and timber crane/forwarding unit;
 IPAF MEWP certification;
 PASMA or equivalent qualification in the safe assembly and use of tower scaffolding;
 Operator’s certificate for Sit in ATVs, regular steer;
 Current first aid certificate

Knowledge/ Experience

 Knowledge and understanding of upland estate management
 A sound knowledge of good environmental practices when carrying out work.
 Relevant practical experience in Estate work or building maintenance;
 Good organisational and time-management skills – including the ability to prioritise work where necessary.
 Practical knowledge of Health and Safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes;


 Demonstrable knowledge of vehicle and machinery operation and maintenance for e.g. off road vehicles, tractors, ATV’s, forestry winches, firewood processors, tractor mounted implements, chainsaws and brush cutters;


 29,000 ha of land
 Britain’s largest National Nature Reserve
 Numerous designations including National Park, SAC, SPA, Ramsar and SSSI
 Significant built heritage including Mar Lodge, stable block offices, Derry Lodge plus 2 holiday cottages, workshop, biomass plant, 6 staff houses and 4 redundant buildings
 200 miles of footpath

People Management
 No direct line management, but working alongside or assisting the supervision of ‘work parties’ (of staff/volunteers) when required;
 Will have regular (daily) interaction with members of the public of all ages and abilities;
 Will have frequent interaction with suppliers and contractors.

Finance Management
 Not a budget holder.

Tools / equipment / systems
 Will be a frequent user of driven vehicle (if appropriately qualified) including: tractors ( with trailers and PTO implements ) timber forwarding equipment, 360 diggers, ride on rollers, ATV’s ( tracked and wheeled ) telehandler and other off road vehicles.
 Will be a frequent user of powered tool (if appropriately qualified) such as chainsaws, brush cutters, generators, drills, stone cutters, mowers etc.
 Will be a frequent user of tractor mounted (if appropriately qualified) equipment including; mowers, winches, firewood processors, snow ploughs etc.
 Will be a frequent user of hand-tools such as spades, mells, pinch bars etc.

Additional Information
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The Key Responsibilities, Scope of Job, and Required Qualifications, Skills, Experience & Knowledge reflect the requirements of the job at the time of issue. The Trust reserves the right to amend these with appropriate consultation and/or request the post-holder to undertake any activities that it believes to be reasonable within the broad scope of the job or his/her general abilities.

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to the People Services Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via, by first post on 17th February 2023.

Application Deadline: Friday 17/02/2023