Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfonts, Bucks
Heritage Farming & Rural Skills Traineeship
40 hours a week
Some weekend/Bank Holiday working
18 Month contract starting 3 July 2017
Outstanding opportunity for an 18 month Training Placement with Chiltern Open Air Museum in Heritage Farming & Rural Skills, including learning and participating in the management of the traditional arable / livestock farm and traditional landscaping at the Museum, working with volunteers and occasionally assisting with museum operations.
You will need: your own transport;practical aptitude for learning new physical tasks; willingness to work outside in all weathers; to work as part of a close-knit hardworking employee and volunteer team’; strong communication and people skills; a desire to learn; as well as a love of historic farming, landscapes and buildings.
You will learn specialist skills in: traditional farm management techniques and Museum livestock care for Oxford Down sheep flock including lambing in April/May, heavy horses, short horn cows, Old English goats and chickens; traditional landscaping skills including traditional hay making, growing and harvesting rye, wheat and feed crops, restoring and interpreting traditional farm equipment; acting as weekend duty staff (approx. 2 weekend days per month in open season) for front of house.
You will be well supported in your development by the Farm and Site Manager as your personal supervisor, have the chance to organise your own short-term complementary placements with other organisations and will have a good budget to support the costs and subsistence for attending relevant certified training courses for qualifications.
Closing Date for Applications: 16 April 2017
Assessment Day: Thursday 11 May 2017
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