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Farm Manager

The National Trust
Wimborne Minster, Dorset
£24,371 per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2022
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IRC112477 – Farm Manager

Salary: £24,371 per annum
Contract type: Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)  
Closing date: 30 January 2022
Address: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA.


We are looking for a dynamic Farm Manager to fill this unique role. The farm manager will lead on the management of our pedigree livestock to deliver the highest animal welfare standards and innovative nature conservation. Managing an assistant Farm Worker and working collaboratively within the Countryside Management team at Kingston Lacy, you will provide valuable conservation grazing in varied habitats. We are looking for an experienced livestock manager who is excellent at working with people and building relationships to ensure the successful delivery and progression of the ambitious nature recovery targets.

A cottage on the estate will be provided as part of this role. You will be part of an out-of-hours team required to carry out locking up and alarm response outside of normal working hours.

Interview will be held on Tuesday 15th February 2022.

Accommodation is provided to the postholder for the proper or better performance of his or her duties in accordance with Trust criteria and HMRC rules

What it's like to work here

As the Farm Manager for Kingston Lacy, you’ll be joining our passionate team to become a voice of our landscapes, a conservation champion, and a lover of all things outdoors. You will be working with a driven and highly motivated team at the forefront of the National Trust’s ambitious nature recovery targets for Kingston Lacy.  The estate covers a total of 8,500 acres; this encompasses in hand land which is grazed by our livestock and land that is let to tenant farmers. There is a huge variety of habitats from parkland, woodland, chalk downland and heathland and the estate is crossed by miles of footpaths and bridleways. The outstanding art collection is one of the main attractions to the beautiful Italian-inspired mansion with its rare collection of artefacts. The property has a rural location, so it’s likely you will require your own transport to get here.

For more information about our property please visit

What you'll be doing

It will be your role to manage our pedigree herd of Red Ruby Devon Cattle, flock of Portland sheep and our 3 pigs to the highest welfare standards. The continuation of the pedigree and heritage bloodlines of our horned cattle, which form part of the National Trust collection, will be an essential part of your role. You will lead on conservation grazing in our 250 acre, Grade II listed, parkland and across the wider estate ensuring compliance with accreditation schemes and stewardship agreements. As you monitor the success of your activities, you’ll take responsibility for budgets, financial reporting and compliance. You’ll achieve all of this through collaborative working and information sharing across the multi-disciplinary team. Working with stakeholders including local community, statutory bodies and funders, you’ll influence where necessary to ensure results are achieved. This will be a highly varied, hands on and exciting role within a dynamic and innovative team

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you'll need experience of;

  • Relevant farm and livestock management with appropriate qualifications and competency with machinery and equipment
  • Managing pedigree native cattle and sheep to a high standard
  • Running a grass-fed livestock system
  • Managing livestock in busy public areas
  • Software used to record and manage livestock. Births, movements and vet meds etc.
  • Wildlife, habitat and soil monitoring and recording techniques
  • Working within a protected landscape such as a National Nature Reserve
  • Natural process driven conservation
  • Managing a Farm Worker and volunteers.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary


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