Semi-skilled Labourer

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic semi-skilled Labourer

Working alongside trade operatives, this is an excellent opportunity for a semi-skilled labourer to join the prestigious and historic Roxburghe Estate.


The Role

The semi-skilled Labourer will be part of the Works Department and report to the Clerk of Works.

Working alongside trade operatives, this is an excellent opportunity for a semi-skilled labourer to join the prestigious and historic Roxburghe Estate. You will provide support to the works department in their day-to-day maintenance activities around the Estate and where appropriate, you will work on your own to carry out basic repair tasks, suited to your skillset.

About us

The estate has been part of the Scottish Borders since 1358. Everything we do, is to ensure that we continue into the next millennium. Through our longevity we have developed deep connections with the land and its people and we are guided by the principle that our operations benefit the health of the environment and the prosperity of local communities. We are not just enduring; we will constantly innovate and grow to maximise the potential of the region and land under our care so we will be a source of inspiration and a model estate for the 21st Century.

Passionate People

It takes a certain sort of person to flourish in such a fast-paced, multi-dimensional environment like Floors Castle.  We look for talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals who will be able to share our passion for providing a warm welcome and amazing experiences.

Our Values

Custodians, Community, Authenticity, Drive & Warmth

To understand, improve and develop our natural, heritage and built environments, allowing them to flourish as sustainable businesses capable of making significant contributions to a vibrant Borders community, now and for generations to come.

Purpose of the Role

  • We are seeking to expand our in-house trades team by recruiting an enthusiastic semi-skilled labourer.
  • As part of our in-house trades team, you will undertake work to support and assist our team of trades in their day-to-day repair and improvement work.
  • At times you will work alone, or with a colleague, to undertake a variety of tasks around the Estate.
  • Depending on your interests and drive, we envisage the role will allow you to develop new skills and over time become an integral part of our team working across the entire Estate.

What’s involved

As a site-based operative, you will be adaptable and will work in a variety of situations to assist our in-house team of trades and other departments across the wider Estate. You will work across our entire built environment which includes our heritage assets such as Floors Castle, our grounds, farms and private rented properties.

The work is without doubt varied; you may find yourself helping our joiners one day, perhaps digging a drainage trench the next and then maybe helping the masons carry out repairs to Floors Castle itself.

Sometimes it’s just a bit random though! Over and above everything else, and despite their exceptional craft skills, the Works Team are an adaptable team who respond to the challenge at hand. Applicants must have a similar approach and be willing to muck in and lend a hand wherever needed.

The Works Team are a very highly skilled group of craftsmen, working alongside which will provide you the opportunity to hone your existing skills and learn new ones.

Hours of work

Flexibility is important, but a base working week would be 39 hours comprising
Mon to Thursday 08:00-16:30 and Friday 08:00-15.30.

Qualities you will posses

  • Passion and enthusiasm for your work.
  • Adaptable.
  • Diligence and determination.
  • Positive can-do attitude and ability to follow instruction.
  • Well organised and capable of using initiative.
  • Proactive and able to work under pressure.
  • Good communicator.
  • Logical thinker.
  • Team player.

What do you need to be successful? 

To apply you should have:

Demonstrable relevant work experience in a semi-skilled labourer position including experience working with a range of different trade disciplines. The ability to undertake basic builder, concrete and groundwork related tasks is a distinct advantage.

You will be working as part of a team, so strong interpersonal skills and good communication are a must.

You should be comfortable working at height and preferably have undergone training in work at height, use of PASMA tower scaffolds and MEWPS.

The ideal candidate will also be qualified and have experience operating plant such as 360 excavators.

How to Apply

Please send a covering letter and CV, including remuneration package expectations, for the attention of our Clerk of Works, Craig Logan, to [email protected] For an informal chat about the role or for more information, please call the Estate Office on 01573223333 and ask to speak with Craig.

Closing date for entries is 12noon Friday 1st October 2021.

Scotland’s Largest Inhabited Castle