The Abbotsford Trust is looking for an experienced woodland manager to maintain and develop Scott's world renowned environmental legacy.


estateSir Walter Scott is famed worldwide as Scotland’s most successful and prolific author, but his surmounting interest was the designing of his 1300 acre estate and garden, of which 120 acres is now in the Abbotsford Trust’s ownership. Created and developed between 1811 and 1825, Scott's house, gardens and landscape is categorized as having ‘Outstanding Significance’ by Historic Environment Scotland, and as such is of international importance. 

In 2017 the woodlands and estate paths were upgraded and improved and the Trust is now working towards an ambitious new 10 year strategy with the gardens and estate, our community and volunteering, and outdoor visitor experience at the heart of our ambitions.

The post of Ranger plays a key role in the success of these ambitions, maintaining and developing the estate with sensitivity to the conservation of wildlife, as an amenity for public enjoyment, and as a designed landscape. The Ranger works closely with the learning and engagement team to devise and lead on aspects of outdoor learning and with multiple stakeholders, to ensure that Abbotsford is embedded into the local community and wider professional networks.

If you have knowldge and experience of woodland management, biodiversity and environmental best practice, then you could be using your skills to develop Scott's legacy for a new generation.

This is a full time post, with an annual salary of £17,417. 

Closing date for applications is Friday 27th September.

Application Process

For more details of the role, please download the Ranger job description.

To apply, please download and complete the Application Form.

Candidates are asked to send the completed document, and if they wish an additional CV, to vacancies@scottsabbotsford.co.uk.

If you would like an informal chat prior to applying, please phone Tim Owen on 01896 752043, or email enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk.

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