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£23,375 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC74089




The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside wonderful. We’ve got a rare opportunity for an experienced Farm Manager for our unique sites that form the Woolbeding Countryside portfolio, managing our in hand livestock (cattle and sheep). The role will involve conservation grazing on and off National Trust sites, education, liaising with a number of stakeholders including members of the public and playing your part in the planning and execution of events. The successful candidate will also lead on field and pasture management across the estates.


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


What it's like to work here


Based at Pound Common, the post will be covering a number of Trust properties including; Woolbeding, Lavington and Harting.  The estate comprises a rich mosaic of heathland, grassland, river valley, chalk grassland, parkland and meadows making it a very important place for nature conservation.


What you'll be doing


The role of Farm Manager at Woolbeding goes above the demands of a usual Farm Manager; we have ambitious plans and a desire for nature conservation across the whole property and beyond. This role requires an excellent understanding of conservation grazing with cattle and sheep and you'll often be working in partnership with external stakeholders such as Natural England and the South Downs National Park Authority.


You'll be an excellent team player as communication and cooperation with the wider ranger 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, national specialists and industry leaders. As well as this strategic approach, you'll work on the ground with a highly skilled team.


Who we're looking for

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

  • Experience working with organic livestock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry
  • The ability to work with the management team to ensure excellent visitor experiences
  • 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 practices




Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here


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!


For further information and to apply, please click here


Closing date: 31 January 2019


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