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Farm Managers - Wiltshire and East Sussex

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Farm Managers
Jamie’s Farm, Bath and Jamie’s Farm, Lewes

Jamie's Farm exists to transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools by providing our unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’. We are now seeking to recruit TWO exceptional Farm Managers to join our teams – one based at our Bath farm in Box, Wiltshire, and the other at our Lewes farm in East Sussex. We are seeking Farm Managers - who have a proven ability to manage a significantly sized farming enterprise - to lead the management of stock and to maintain and develop the farming environments of our Bath and/or Lewes farm. Alongside this vital farming role, these individuals will undertake some farming sessions alongside our visiting children, developing positive relationships with them and achieving at meaningful jobs.

About Jamie’s Farm

Jamie’s Farm helps children to flourish at home, in education and in the community through an intensive week-long immersion in rural life. We provide young people with a tailored range of activities designed to offer each an opportunity for achievement, as well as a supportive family environment that encourages them to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Our therapeutic input makes use of individual and group sessions to allow pupils to reflect on their lives on the farm and back home, in order to draw out tangible strategies for improvements to be realised when they return. By working with teachers and committing to follow up visits in school, we aim to make changes catalysed by Jamie’s Farm last; internal and external evaluation has proven this so.

As well as supporting vulnerable children, we are at heart a farming charity. We are excited about the crucial role regenerative farming has in our upcoming Strategic Plan, and look forward to the appointed candidates playing a significant role in driving this initiative forward.

Major responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Responsible for all major farming activities alongside other members of our farming team, including:

  • Managing the supply of all animal feed and medicines
  • Ensuring the cost effectiveness and financial viability of the working farm
  • Ensuring the high levels of animal welfare we expect on our exemplar farm, including bedding up and feeding all animals
  • Managing hay making, woodland and land management
  • Caretaking responsibilities including regular upkeep of most household and farm plumbing, electricity supply and troubleshooting domestic issues when they appear

2. Participation in up to 4 visits a month, including:

  • Planning and delivering farm based activities with children including daily feeding round, log chopping and major farming responsibilities
  • Contributing to farm life including daily walks, meal times and potentially running evening activities

3. Other major responsibilities include:

  • Taking on the responsibility for the ‘On-site Farmer’ role – i.e.:
  • being on call for all animal emergencies, especially around lambing, calving and higher levels of activity on the farm
  • being a specified member of staff at least one weekend a month, responsible for looking after house lets and security on the farm
  • Co-ordinating specific farm-based volunteers

 

Experience, Skills, Abilities:

  • Strong work ethic and passion for farming and ability to share this with children
  • A passionate stock person with experience of managing large numbers of beef cattle and sheep
  • A passion and interest in breeding livestock
  • Tractor driving experience
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with vulnerable young people in a short amount of time
  • Willingness to offer firm boundaries as well as a caring approach towards working with challenging behaviours
  • Interest and enthusiasm for living and working in a rural setting
  • Ability to exemplify Jamie’s Farm core values of positivity, passion, generosity, collaboration and professionalism
  • Sensitivity to racial, cultural and ideological diversity

 

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience.
  • Up to £10,000 worth of further benefits, including:
  • Accommodation onsite in beautiful farmhouse setting, including bills and council tax
  • All meals during visits
  • Use of company mobile phone
  • 21 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Generous Pension Contribution
  • Opportunity to be an integral part of a dynamic and supportive team culture

 

Timeline:

  • Deadline for applications: Midnight 10th October 2021
  • First interview: W/B 25th October 2021
  • Potential second interview: W/B 1st November 2021
  • Notification of decision: W/B 8th November 2021

 

Start date:
To be negotiated, ideally by 1st January latest.

 

Apply now:

Please submit one page letter and CV to Jamie at recruitment@jamiesfarm.org.uk

Due to the nature of our work with young people, on acceptance of offer all Jamie's Farm employees are subject to an enhanced DBS check in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy.

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