“For over 30 years Aigas Field Centre has been giving young, highly-dedicated naturalists a huge step up in the ultra-competitive environmental sector. For the participants, the rewards are many—first encounters with otters or eagles; tracking pine martens in the snow; or delivering that first lecture on pinewood ecology. For us the rewards are two-fold: firstly we provide ourselves with educated, trained staff for the operative season ahead; secondly, we have the pleasure of watching them develop and grow before finally fledging our nest and going on to forge their own way ahead.” – Sir John Lister-Kaye Bt OBE
The Staff Naturalist is a pivotal, senior post with a seat on the Management Team. It is essential to the smooth and effective running of the field centre.
The function of the Staff Naturalist is to be the ‘go to’ person for natural history on site and the places we visit around the Highlands. Because we employ new rangers on an annual basis, and take on APs every September, there has to be a permanent member of staff they can turn to for site knowledge and general wildlife information.
Required qualifications are as follows:
Responsibilities of the post:
The Staff Naturalist is a full-time, live in post on a three year term contract renewable by appraisal at the end of the second year.
Starting salary is £23,000 per annum.
Hours averaged over the year are assessed at approximately 45 per week during the operative season and 40 per week during the closed months.
Annual leave is 30 days including a two week mandatory shutdown at Christmas and New Year.
Aigas Field Centre Ltd operates a statutory pension scheme.
Accommodation is provided by Grange Estate Company in a staff house shared with other field centre staff.
Rent of £8.43 (daily accommodation offset rate as of April 2021) per day and an equal share of the house’s Council tax is charged monthly.
A packed lunch is provided free of charge for every working day during the operative season (not the winter months).
Uniform and Swarovski binoculars are provided as needed.
The Staff Naturalist desk and a networked computer will be in the Estate Office.
It is the responsibility of all Aigas Field Centre staff to uphold the high standards of courtesy and professionalism for which the centre is renowned.
In September 2021, a Seasonal Countryside Ranger/Naturalist Guide post will be open for applications.
Aigas Field Centre is the only private organisation in the UK to offer an extensive formal ranger training programme followed by 7 months of work experience. The posts involve providing a professional level of interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands to adult groups from all over the world and environmental education to children of all ages.
Applicants should be natural science, geography or history graduates who can demonstrate a passion and commitment for the natural environment. They must hold a full and clean driver’s licence. Successful applicants will live on site at Aigas Field Centre in a close-knit team of like-minded people and must be prepared to work anti-social hours on occasions.
Over 40 years of experience has shown that the training and experience that Aigas staff receive gives them unparalleled advantages over the ever increasing competition in the environmental sector. Ex-Aigas staff now occupy senior posts in most conservation organisations in the UK, and many more all over the world.
UPDATE: Unfortunately due to the covid pandemic, we will not be recruiting for the 2021 season and therefore will not be running ARTS in 2021.