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14 Trainee Upland Path Workers

Employer                   Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust

Project                        The Mountains & The People

Post Title                    Trainee Upland Path Worker

Duration                     6 months starting at the end of April

Reports to                  Training Officer

Recruitment Timeline

Application Deadline: 12 noon Friday 24th February 2017

Interviews: Between Monday 13th March and Sunday 26th March 2017


This is an exciting opportunity for 14 individuals to join The Mountains and The People project on a work based training course within the Cairngorms or Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Over 6 months you will learn practical skills in upland path construction, maintenance and conservation and work towards a level 2 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Environmental Conservation. This qualification is administered through the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

The Mountains and The People is an innovative partnership project which will engage the people of Scotland and beyond in the conservation of the iconic mountains across our country’s two National Parks. The Mountains and The People project is led by the 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 whilst learn the techniques of upland and lowland path construction through practical training, backed up by 2 weeks of work experience with an established upland path-work contractor.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn habitat management skills including surveying and environmental best practice. During the course participants will receive health & safety and first aid qualifications as well as instruction in business and communication skills.

The Cairngorms training will be based in Aboyne, with work sites located primarily around the Cairngorms National Park area. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Training will be based in Balloch, with work sites primarily located around the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park area. Both courses will focus on paths with 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 approved SQA Centre and a company limited by guarantee with charitable status dedicated to development and delivery of outdoors access projects throughout Scotland.

Interested in applying?

To find out more about the work this role will involve visit our training pages here or check out our video of the trainees last year video or video with subtitles.

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

Applications should be returned electronically to by no later than midday on Friday 24th February 2017.

Interviews will take place between Monday 13th March 2017 and Sunday 26th March 2017

Please note that CVs will not be accepted as a form of application.