TMTP logo cmykSix Cairngorms Path-Work Trainees

Location: Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

Duration: 6 months, June – December 2016

Rate of Pay: National Minimum Wage

This is an exciting opportunity for 6 individuals to join The Mountains and The People project on a work based training course within the Cairngorms National Park. Over 6 months you will learn practical skills and work towards a level 2 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Environmental Conservation.

The Mountains and The People is a new partnership project which will engage the people of Scotland in the conservation of our country’s two national parks. The Mountains and The People project is led by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Scotland’s two National Park Authorities, Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  The project aims to engage those who live in and visit our National Parks in the protection of their fragile upland mountain environments through a programme of upland path maintenance and environmental conservation activities, leaving a legacy of motivated, well trained people from all backgrounds to be the custodians of Scotland’s spectacular outdoor spaces.

Trainees on the course will be paid at national minimum wage, you will learn the techniques of upland and lowland path construction through practical training backed up by 2 weeks of work experience with an established path-work contracting team.  In addition you will learn associated countryside skills such as fencing, dyking, vegetation management, surveying and environmental good practice.  During the course participants will receive health and safety and first aid training as well as instruction in business and communication skills.

Training will be based in Aboyne, with work sites located around the Cairngorms National Park area with both upland and lowland characteristics.  Participants should be physically fit and prepared for strenuous manual work in the adverse conditions that can be found in the Scottish Mountains.

The Cairngorms Outdoors Access Trust (COAT) is an innovative company limited by guarantee and with charitable status dedicated to development and delivery of outdoors access projects in the Cairngorms National Park and surrounding area. COAT is an approved SQA Centre.

To register your interest and to request an application pack email: co

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 18th April 2016. Interviews will take place over the week beginning Monday 2nd May 2016.

Completed application forms should be sent to:

The Mountains & The People, COAT, , Balloch Road, Balloch, G83 8SS

Or emailed to:

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