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Logo: National TrustFarm Worker

£19,928 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 18 mo)

Shugborough Estate, Stafford

Ref: IRC82124




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 Farm Worker you'll be helping the Livestock Manager to deliver all elements of our livestock operation: implementing breeding programmes, maintaining high standards of animal welfare and compliance, and managing grazing to get the best for nature.


In this role you'll need to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings and bank holidays.


What it's like to work here


Home to the Anson family since 1624, the Shugborough Estate is the complete working estate. The estate includes a Georgian mansion house with magnificent views over the riverside garden terraces, Grade 1 listed parkland, walled garden and working farm. More recently, Shugborough was the home of Patrick Lichfield, photographer and cousin to the Queen, and features in much of his work.


What you'll be doing


You'll help to look after our herd of 36 pedigree Longhorn cattle and our flock of 50+ Southdown sheep. An experienced Farm Worker, you'll help to deliver the herd and flock’s breeding programmes, selecting the best stock to breed from, handling our prize winning rams and bull, and delivering calving and lambing. You'll also look after the pigs and chickens housed in our historic farm yard. Committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, you'll be responsible for delivering exemplary health and welfare of all of our livestock and for maintaining our RSCPA Assured accreditation.


You'll help the Livestock Manager deliver on livestock compliance across site, from tagging animals to recording animal movements and veterinary treatments and assisting with bTB tests. Your eye for detail and great record keeping will ensure the highest standards are met. Used to working safely with livestock including those on sites with public access, you'll ensure the safety of yourself, colleagues, volunteers and the public.


Putting conservation at the heart of everything you do, you'll 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. A good communicator and people person, you'll 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 help effectively manage our resources, including engaging agricultural contractors and veterinarians.


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'll:
  • Be an experienced Farm Worker, confident in handling cattle and sheep, including delivering breeding programmes and administering veterinary medicines, and carrying out daily checks
  • Be committed to conservation and an understanding of managing grazing for wildlife
  • Contribute to the development of a programme of inspiration activities for the public
  • Be a team player, who will work with colleagues and motivate volunteers 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




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!


To find out more and apply, please click here


Closing Date: 28th June 2019

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