Livestock Manager

William Scott Abbott Trust at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre

£19,800 - £25,300 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01780782254 Debbie Queen

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 7th April 2019  

We are pleased to announce that we have a rare opportunity for a Livestock Manager to join our team Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre.

The role of Livestock Manager is part of the Site Operations Team. The Livestock Manager manages and develops all current and future livestock programs, ensuring the highest quality care is always provided to all animals. You’ll need to be comfortable working with animals of all sizes, from guinea pigs to heavy horses, alpacas to pigs.

About 80% of this job is working outside and “hands-on”, but you also need to be comfortable with the back-office side of our business, including developing and managing the agriculture budget, developing the marketing and sales of animals and animal products, and managing paddock and herd health, performance and related record-keeping.

You'll be working flexible hours including weekends, evenings and bank holidays

What it's like to work here

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre is the visitor face of the William Scott Abbott Trust, an agricultural education charity based between Peterborough and Stamford. Most of the 550-acre farm is in an organic arable tenancy. This role is focused only on the 50-acre visitor attraction.

You will be working as a key member of a small close-knit team with support and help at hand.

What you'll be doing

The role of Livestock Manager at Sacrewell goes above the demands of a usual stockman; we have ambitious plans and a desire for improving the public engagement with our animals. The role requires experience with heavy horses, and an ability to develop our working horse programme. Our spring lambing programme is very popular, and you would need to manage this to ensure best practice for public engagement and health and safety. We have a successful partnership with a local pig breeder and alpaca breeder, and we want to maintain/improve those relationships for improved commercial opportunities, such as selling meat in our shop or developing alpaca walking experiences. There is also scope to develop a conservation grazing programme within the farm.

You'll be an excellent team player as communication and cooperation with the wider operations 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 and industry leaders. As well as this strategic approach, you'll lead your small team with a “boots on the ground” approach.

Who we're looking for:

To continue the excellent work being done here, you’ll need to have/be:

  • Experience working with livestock, especially heavy horses, sheep and alpacas
  • The ability to work with visitors to ensure excellent experiences for people of all ages
  • 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 practice

To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter to , fully outlining why you are the best person for this role. We'll be accepting applications on a rolling basis, so early application is advised. Due to anticipated high application numbers, if you have not heard from us by 12 April, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion. 

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