Project Leader – Animal Husbandry

Brandon Trust

£19,288 - £20,457 pa + benefits

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Develop your animal husbandry interests at learning disability charity Brandon Trust’s Elm Tree Farm - a social enterprise within a busy 35-acre site in Stapleton, Bristol. The animal husbandry project provides services for people with learning disabilities and / or autism.

You’ll lead a small team in delivering safe activities, engaging the people we support in running a small holding to enable them to achieve personal outcomes. If you’re interested in low impact food production and the link between working in the natural environment/with animals and wellbeing, then this is the role for you. We provide full training on supporting people with learning disabilities but experience in this area would be an advantage. 

The role

Directly responsible for livestock welfare and the site infrastructure, you’ll also work closely with the farm manager. You’ll manage a team to plan, design and deliver interesting, livestock focused activities. You'll be responsible for managing out-of-hours enquiries and planning a weekend rota.

Responsible for the health and welfare of all livestock, a mixture of farm and small animals, you’ll also create and manage a breeding programme, buying in livestock to satisfy the demands of a small farm shop – incubating eggs, looking after orphan lambs, pigs, raising chicks and more. Building on and continuing to develop relationships with local farmers and partners, you’ll manage registrations of stock and adhere to all relevant legislation and practices. 

About you

You’ll have hands-on livestock care/management experience in a similar agricultural setting or small holding including day-to-day working with livestock, identifying and treating minor ailments and keeping appropriate farm and DEFRA required records. This experience could have been gained via apprenticeships from agricultural colleges.

With knowledge of low impact, high welfare farming systems that work in harmony with the environment including bio-security, you’ll also have an excellent working knowledge of best‐practice animal husbandry, specifically raising pigs, poultry, sheep and cattle. You’ll also have experience of keeping ponies and horses and knowledge of current industry best practice and national policy frameworks.

Approachable, calm and creative you’ll have plenty of enthusiasm and the ability to inspire, motivate and direct your team. Patient, with excellent customer service skills you’re able to work under pressure and manage time effectively. Hardworking and resilient, you’re able to adapt to change and think on your feet.

You can manage budgets and have strong IT skills and can operate an organised and tidy workspace. You’ll have a minimum of Level 2 Animal Care (or equivalent proven experience), Certificated Health and Safety related training and a tractor driving license. You’ll also have Level 2 Maths and English qualifications (or able to demonstrate this capacity through assessment). A full, clean driving license is essential. 

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure with Adults' and Childrens' barred list for Children Services.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

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