Farm Worker and Instructor Technician - Moreton Morrell College
Salary Range: Farm Technician 70% / Instructor 30% £20,497 - £22,488 per annum (Support Scale 5)
Ref Number: JM5384
Are you passionate about Farming and Agriculture? We have a superb opportunity for you to become part of the WCG Team as a Farm Worker and Instructor Technician. The role includes general farm duties as well as instructing students in all aspects of farming, delivering hands on practical guidance in workshops, the field and on the Farm. This is a full time post at Nethermorton Farm based at Moreton Morrell College. Accommodation may be available for the successful candidate. Nethermorton Farm is a College farm of 300ha at Moreton Morrell. It operates as a mixed farm running a 300 head beef herd, 550 March lambing ewes and a 150 ha arable enterprise.
Background to the Post
Nethermorton Farm is a College farm of 300ha at Moreton Morrell. It operates as a mixed farm running a 300 head beef herd, 550 March lambing ewes and a 150 ha arable enterprise. The farm operates as a commercial unit which provides a learning environment for students. All farm operations and records are kept for legal, farming and teaching purposes.
The farm has recently seen considerable investment in new livestock facilities and is taking part in national trials at the cutting edge of livestock husbandry and management.
This exciting and varied post will work closely with the farm and the teaching team. The aim is to bring commercial farming operations into the learning environment. The post brings together the day to day mechanised farming operations and the training of students through practical instruction. The post holder will have responsibility for supporting the farming operations and general farm duties. The post holder will also provide practical support, instruction, training and supervision to students in farming operations both on an individual and group basis, ensuring an outstanding student experience. Accommodation may be available for the successful candidate.
Main Tasks FARM
● General daily farm duties which support the efficient and effective running and development of all aspects of the farming operations.
● Be prepared and willing to support the operations on a mixed farm.
● Ensure that the management of our College farm is at all times compliant with the regulations pertaining to its status and provides an outstanding example to visitors.
● Creating a well maintained and safe working environment and develop the professional attitude of students towards their work and give them every opportunity to practice and develop their skills in farming operations and management.
● Carry out a range of farm duties including animal and crop husbandry tasks
● Making information available to staff and students for learning purposes
● Assist with farming operations such as good husbandry, tractor driving, tractor maintenance and arable operations as appropriate.
● Assist with the promotion of the college farm as an educational resource and example of good practice to external stakeholders
● Responsibility for carrying out regular maintenance and minor repairs of the agricultural machinery on the farm and the maintenance and preparation of machinery for student practical sessions and keeping of records for H&S purposes.
● Deliver training through instructing, assessing, supervising and mentoring students on taught practical sessions, during farm duties and work placements.
● Assist teaching staff in the planning of student learning and assessment.
● Maintain and monitor student work, feedback and progress and make records available to others to support student achievement.
● Support staff with effective and efficient deployment of resources.
● Attending College training and development programmes as required.
● Maintain personal professional development in all aspects of the role including industry related development.
● Attend team meetings as required.
● Assist the Farm Manager and other College staff as required including from time to time preparation and running of open days / careers events and attend team meetings and staff training events.
● Flexible approach to working hours.
The list of duties is not exhaustive but outlines the main features of the post at appointment and may vary as the job evolves without affecting the nature of the duties or the responsibility level.
Health and Safety To ensure a safe working environment for colleagues, students and visitors in line with the HASAW Act and the College Health and Safety Policy.
Safeguarding Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults for whom you are responsible and whom you come into contact with.
Working Hours A minimum of 37 hours per week, however some flexibility will be required and you should be prepared to start work at 5.30am on occasion. This role operates on a 52 week basis.
The College offers a generous annual leave entitlement to support staff, commencing with 25 days (pro rata for part time) rising to 28 days after 5 years’ service, per annum plus 8 statutory days (Public & Bank Holidays) and College closure days for Christmas pro rata for part time.
Place of work
The principal place of work will be the College’s premises based at Moreton Morrell. However, the post holder may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises at which we may provide services.
Protection of Children and Young Persons (The Children’s Act 1989) Any offers of appointment will be subject to a disclosure and barring service check, a certificate of good conduct if applicable, plus receipt of satisfactory references, Occupational Health clearance, an understanding of safeguarding and qualifications verification.