“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
Seasonal Countryside Ranger/Naturalist Guide posts are available for 2020 at Aigas Field Centre, the internationally acclaimed and award winning field studies centre for the Highlands of Scotland.
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.
The Aigas Ranger Training Scheme starts at the beginning of February 2020 and takes six-seven weeks. After training you will commence a six week shadowing period, followed by a term work experience contract until the beginning of November. During that time you will take groups of adults around the Highlands providing a very high level of environmental, cultural, historical and archaeological interpretation. You will also work regularly with our environmental education team, providing outdoor education to school children of all ages.
You will provide excellent customer care and work with the Aigas team in a unique and exciting environment. You will be involved in animal husbandry (of our wildcats for example) and a range of other nature conservation projects on the estate.
All applicants must complete the online application form. Please do not apply if any of the following apply to you:
∙ You do not have a clean and full driver’s licence.
∙ You would not be prepared to live in shared accommodation on site at Aigas.
Monday 3rd February – Monday 23rd March 2020
30th April – 31st October
To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receiving your CV we will immediately reply with a list of questions for you to answer. Once you have answered these, your application will be complete and we will be in touch.
Initial interviews to be conducted over the phone between 10th – 16th November
Interviews to be held at Aigas in week commencing 1st December