The head keeper job on the stunning Royal Deeside estate involves running the property’s deer and grouse shoots and requires someone with “extensive knowledge of grouse and moorland management”.
Whoever lands the job will be responsible for maintaining the Delnadamph Estate, which forms part of the Deeside estate, which borders Balmoral and was purchased by the Queen in 1977 as extra land for grouse shooting.
Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles have all participated in shoots there.
And accommodation on the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral retreat – with the added chance of rubbing shoulders with royalty – is also an optional part of the remuneration package.
The Queen traditionally takes an annual summer trip to her Scottish holiday home which usually lasts several months.
Last year’s retreat ran from August to October, and aides are reportedly putting plans in place to allow the 91-year-old Monarch to carry out more of her duties from Aberdeenshire – known as the “Scottish plan” – from now on.
Following her 2017 trip, a source said: “She loves Scotland, it has always been a great comfort to her, where she is happiest and most relaxed.
“She’s a different person up there. Everyone will play it by ear but the feeling is the Scottish plan will be what she wants to do.”
Balmoral was bought by Prince Albert for £32,000 in 1852 and is said to be the Queen’s favourite home.
The sprawling Royal Deeside estate covers a massive 46,100 acres (18,659 hectares), which are jointly owned between Balmoral, Birkhall and Glen Doll.
The grounds feature seven mountains over 3,000 feet – known as Munros – as well as miles of walking and biking trails.
Requests for a job description and an application form should be sent, along with a CV, no later than February 9 to Mr R R Gledson at The Estate Office, Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB.
Source : EXPRESS