Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
We’ve got a rare opportunity for an experienced farm manager for our unique site at Llanerchaeron and Ceredigion, looking after organic livestock, including cattle, equines, sheep, pigs and poultry. The role will involve work across a range of sites in Ceredigion and occasional strategic meetings across Wales and the UK.
You'll be working flexible hours including weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
What it's like to work here
Llanerchaeron is a small historic farm within a designed park landscape and is also a major tourist destination with visitor numbers of around 45,000 in 2017. The farm is an unspoilt example of a self sustaining small Welsh estate. The parkland is a high nature value farm with a combination of species rich hay meadows and arable rotations managed to encourage biodiversity.
The wider context of the farm encompasses habitat land such as Rhos pasture, small coastal farms and grazed woodland meadows. Many of the sites are designated as SSSI.
What you'll be doing
The role of Farm Manager in Ceredigion goes beyond the demands of a usual Farm Manager; we have ambitious targets and a desire for nature conservation across the whole property. This role requires an excellent understanding of conservation grazing with cattle, equines and sheep and you'll often be working in partnership with graziers.
You'll be an excellent team player as communication and cooperation with the wider ranger team is crucial in ensuring this role works well. The Farm and Ranger teams especially will be working together on a regular basis.
You'll work at a strategic level to lead and deliver plans to further this work, sharing what you learn with staff, volunteers, visitors, national specialists and industry leaders. As well as this strategic approach, you'll work on the ground with a highly skilled team.
Who we're looking for:
You’ll need to be an experienced Farmer or Farm Manager to continue the excellent work being done here, so you’ll need to have/be:
- Experience working with organic livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry
- The ability to work with the management team to ensure excellent visitor experiences
- Very good at using your initiative and managing your own time and workload
- Excellent customer service skills and the confidence to talk to our visitors and volunteers about the work we're doing
- Excellent land management practices
- A full UK driving license
- A competent tractor driver
- A 4 x 4/ATV training qualification
- A positive attitude to Welsh language and culture
- Looking after you
- Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
- Pension contribution match up to 10%
- EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
- Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career
- Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
- Develop your skills with an internal secondment
- Pay review linked to values and behaviors, commitment to progression
- Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
- Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
- Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
- Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Closing Date: 25 March 2018
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