Thank you for your interest in employment at Kelburn. The following position(s) are available:

Role: General Manager (F/T – 5 days a week)

Start Date: ASAP

Application deadline: 15th July 2018

Salary: TBC – Commensurate with experience

Interviews: w/c 23rd July 2018

Role description:

Kelburn Castle and Estate require an experienced General Manager to join our team on a full-time basis.  Our ideal candidate will be an effective leader with previous business management experience. The role is a senior management position, varied and involves overseeing a wide variety of estate businesses including land management, our award winning Country Centre, weddings and functions, equestrian centre, glamping and more.  Kelburn is a well-known and beautiful estate located near Largs, around a 30 min drive from Glasgow.  This role represents an excellent opportunity to join a fantastic team and an innovative business, which is world famous for it’s castle graffiti project, incredible events and creative atmosphere.

Specific duties include:

·         Responsible for the day-to-day management of the estate

·         Working closely with owners on business development initiatives and strategies for successful land management

·         Managing all staff members, liaising especially with individual team leaders (e.g. Country Centre, Weddings, Equestrian Centre, etc)

·         Communicating effectively and efficiently with staff, setting up regular meetings to discuss job duties and monitor performance

·         Working closely with our external HR company to ensure all policies and procedures, including Health and Safety, are correctly being implemented

·         Managing budgets and controlling expenditure

·         Ensuring yourself and all staff provide superior levels of customer service and plan to maximise revenues

·         Establishing plans, budgets and key performance indicators for the individual businesses and team members

·         Devising ways of improving current policies and procedures,

·         Reviewing and leading on the marketing strategy for the country centre

·         Overseeing and contributing to the country centre’s well established and popular event programme

·         Ensuring excellent customer service and quality delivery.


Desired skills,  experience and qualifications:

·         Previous experience working on, and managing, a rural estate

·         Business development and management plans

·         Experience working in the visitor economy / tourist attraction

·         Qualifications gained within rural estate and land management

·         Strong budget management and financial control experience

·         Project management

·         Excellent organisational skills and ability to work to, and sometimes implement own processes

·         Ability to delegate responsibilities effectively

·         Effective leader and team builder

·         Previous HR / people management experience

·         Ability to deliver high quality and consistent service / products

·         Grant applications

·         Competence in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) is expected,

·         Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written,

·         Educated to degree level or equivalent,

·         Flexible and comfortable working with a fun and forward thinking team!


To Apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to David Boyle at by no later than 15th July, 2018.

Job Title: Seasonal Countryside Ranger (Volunteer)

Location: Kelburn Country Centre, Fairlie, near Largs, North Ayrshire

Closing Date: 14th  June 2018

Start Date: ASAP

Fulltime and Seasonal (ASAP – Oct) for a five day week 9am-6pm


An enthusiastic and highly motivated countryside volunteer ranger is required to join the established team to help with all aspects of practical countryside management and directly support the Head Ranger. This seasonal position will serve as part of our Countryside Ranger Service, which plays a fundamental role in enhancing and protecting Kelburn’s countryside, whilst encouraging greater public understanding and enjoyment of it.   Candidates should have an interest in working outdoors in all conditions.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate some knowledge of natural history and will need to be friendly with a flexible attitude to work. The ideal candidate will also be practically minded and be able to roll up your sleeves and undertake diverse maintenance tasks.   The role comes with a modest weekly stipend for food and accommodation will be provided for the right candidate.

Main duties.

  1. Supporting the Head Ranger and working directly with the Centre / Office managers, you’ll assist in all aspects of park and estate management.
  2. Undertaking practical maintenance tasks all over the estate, including the glen and path maintenance.
  3. Physical outdoor work in all weathers.
  4. Being responsible for the presentation of facilities / exhibition areas.
  5. Supporting daily routine operations, Litter / loos / etc
  6. Monitoring safety of facilities adventure play areas etc.

Please send your c.v. (job title in subject line) to Jo Turner at

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