Estate Worker

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £22,797 - £24,071 pro-rata, per annum

Location: North Perthshire

Under the day-to-day direction of the Visitor Services Manager, and in liaison with others as necessary, the Estate Worker works at the Trust’s properties in North Perthshire to maintain the path network and boundaries at all properties including strimming, fencing, dyking and to look after the car park facilities at Killiecrankie and the Hermitage. The Estate Worker works with the VSS, Rangers, Conservation Volunteers and other volunteer groups to undertake other estate work as required.


The key purpose of the job is to ensure that the North Perthshire properties are managed and maintained to a high standard, being conscientious about conservation, the environment and your surroundings. The Estate Worker will be responsibly aware of the team/volunteers, health and safety and contributing to the overall conservation and development of the Trust and its enjoyment by visitors and supporters.

The current duties of this job do not require a criminal records (Disclosure Scotland) check to be carried out.



People Management
 Not a line manager, but occasional supervision of volunteers/apprentices/work experience or other work parties.
 Works closely with other staff members and volunteers in North Perthshire.
 Regular interaction with members of the public of all ages and abilities.
 Occasional working with external contractors.
 Liaison with tenants and external partners.

Finance Management
 Not a budget-holder, but will be expected to take responsibility for the careful and effective management of Trust tools, materials, equipment and resources.
 Responsibility for looking after the car park machines and for banking.

 Frequent user of driven vehicles such as the estate vehicle and vans.
 Frequent user of ‘powered’ tools such as strimmer’s/brush cutters leaf blower etc.
 Frequent user of hand-tools such as spades, forks, rakes, loppers, handsaws, fencing tools and secateurs.
 Occasional user of IT to assist with maintenance of records.


The above outlines the key skills the post-holder will need to possess and exercise. In addition, either knowledge of or experience in the following is required:

 Demonstrable relevant practical experience as an estate worker across a range of estate operations, including grass cutting path and fencing work, or demonstrable equivalent experience.
 Brush cutter/strimmer maintenance and operation training and assessment, (or willingness to train) and willingness to exercise that training.
 Sound knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance.
 Driving Licence, valid for driving within the UK including, if age relevant, Category E entitlement to tow trailers.
 Practical knowledge of relevant Health and Safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes.
 Capable of working within a small, dedicated team while also self-motivated and capable of working with the minimum of direction (though willing to seek appropriate professional advice when necessary).
 Good organisational and time management skills – including the ability to prioritise work where necessary.
 Good eye for detail and finish.
 Able to live and work in a relatively remote rural environment with little public transport.

 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; confident in interacting and dealing with a wide range of people; and able to represent the Trust.
 Experiences of working on a site open to the public.
 Experience of working in a small team that includes volunteers.
 First aid training and qualification.
 Competent IT skills sufficient for maintaining records, use of the internet/intranet, technical updating.

The Key Responsibilities, Scope of Job, and Required 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.


Application Deadline: Friday 24/02/2023