Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 months)
Our pedigree Longhorn herd and Southdown flock are part of the history of Shugborough and a vital resource in delivering our conservation outcomes for the estate. They are also loved by our visitors; lambing and calving are seasonal highlights and take place in full view of the public. As Livestock Manager you will be responsible for all elements of our livestock operation: managing breeding programmes, maintaining high standards of animal welfare and compliance, and managing grazing to get the best for nature.
You will be required to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and bank holidays.
Internally the role will be referred to as Farm Manager.
What it's like to work here
Home to the Anson family since 1624, Shugborough Estate is a complete working estate, which includes a Georgian mansion house with magnificent views over the riverside garden terraces, Grade I listed parkland, walled garden and working farm. Our Longhorn cattle and Southdown sheep graze Shugborough’s parkland and floodplain meadows, and our stock handling facilities, pigs and chickens are housed in the Grade II* listed Park Farm, an historic model farm dating from the late 1800s. Shugborough Estate includes part of Cannock Chase SAC; Satnall Hills and Sherbrook Valley are home to nightjar, adder and small pearl-bordered fritillary, a splendid part of this internationally significant heathland landscape.
What you'll be doing
You will be responsible for our herd of 30 pedigree Longhorn cattle and our flock of 50+ Southdown sheep. An experienced Livestock Manager, you will manage the herd and flock’s breeding programmes, selecting the best stock to breed from, handling our prize winning rams and bull, and managing calving and lambing. You will also look after the pigs and chickens housed in our historic farm yard. Committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, you will be responsible for the health and welfare of all our livestock and for maintaining our RSCPA Freedom Foods accreditation.
As registered livestock keeper you will be responsible for livestock compliance across site, from tagging animals to recording animal movements and veterinary treatments and arranging TB tests. Your eye for detail and great record keeping will ensure the highest standards are met. Used to working safely with livestock including on sites with public access, you will ensure the safety of yourself, colleagues, volunteers and the public.
Putting conservation at the heart of everything you do, you will manage our grazing to get the best for nature and our livestock, using techniques like block grazing to improve habitats and reduce the use of chemical wormers. An inspiring communicator and a great people person you will support and develop a team of committed volunteers and ensure that the visiting public are engaged with our livestock management.
You’ll always be considering how we can reduce our human footprint on the environment with a long-term focus on care and sustainability. You’ll be responsible for managing the livestock budget, planning work programmes, effectively managing resources, engaging agricultural contractors and farm vets.
Who we're looking for
To deliver this role successfully, you’ll need to be proud to work in such a significant location and thrive on delivering exceptional care for our livestock, our environment and our visitors. So, you will:
• Be an experienced livestock manager, confident in handling cattle and sheep, including managing breeding programmes and administering veterinary medicines
• Have an excellent knowledge of current cross-compliance obligations
• Be committed to conservation and an understanding of managing grazing for wildlife
• Inspire the public and motivate volunteers
• Be a team player, who will work with colleagues with a wide variety of backgrounds and specialisms to do what’s best for the organisation as a whole
• Be organised and self-motivated, confidently able to manage a demanding workload with competing pulls on your time
To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, click here: https://www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk/supporting-you/
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
Closing Date: 25 February 2019
Interview Date: 4 March 2019