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Skilled Arable Operator

Cambridge, CB3 0LE
£22,011 to £28,016
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

Skilled Arable Operator
Cambridge, CB3 0LE
Ref: SV/A1173
£22,011 to £28,016 depending on skills, experience and qualifications

We are seeking a conscientious and enthusiastic individual to join our regional centre based at our Headquarters in Cambridge which is predominantly arable based.

You will be operating a wide range of standard agricultural machinery and specialist trials equipment to carry out trials operations that may use Trimble RTK GPS including cultivations, drilling, agrochemical applications, irrigation and harvesting.

The role will not be limited to these duties and you will be required to carry out a range of other associated work activities delivered by the centre, some of which can be physically demanding.

Essential training will be provided if necessary.

Salary: In the range of £22,011 to £28,016, depending on skills, experience and qualifications

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: 37 hour working week, along with paid overtime at 1.5 x hourly rate

Essential requirements:

  • Experience in Agriculture, Horticulture or Field trials
  • A good working knowledge of agricultural practices
  • Forklift and Tractor driving certificates
  • Competent in the use of agricultural equipment
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Flexibility – able to work alone and as part of teams
  • Time management/prioritising work

Desirable requirements:

  • Pesticide application certificates - PA1, PA2, PA6 and NRoSO registered.
  • A good knowledge of agricultural machinery maintenance
  • Microsoft office eg. Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of tractor Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • An understanding of agricultural trials
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) certificates

A full UK driving licence is essential as travelling to trials at other sites across the Cambridgeshire region and occasionally to our other centres around the UK is required. Transport can be provided from the Cambridge office to our various sites.

NIAB is a leading UK centre for plant science, crop evaluation and agronomy, delivering work from its regional network and headquarters in Cambridge. Our field crop research and impartial information is used widely by the agricultural and horticultural community.

NIAB actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have a positive approach to employing people living with a disability.

The role is based at NIAB Headquarters, Cambridge CB3 0LE. Occasionally working with other teams across the Regional Centre around the UK which may involve staying away from home.

Cambridge Headquarters:

Benefits include 25 days’ holiday plus public holidays and 3 days off during the Christmas period, flexible working, generous sick pay, attractive pension scheme, income protection, life assurance, employee discount scheme, free on-site parking and great colleagues.


Informal enquiries are welcome. Please email Howard Froment:

Click the ‘Apply’ button or visit our website: for further details and to apply directly. Any questions? Email: or call Human Resources on: 01223 342282.

Closing date: 10 March 2024.

Interview date: 25 March 2024.


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