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Logo: Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation TrustSussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust

Grazing Assistant

Flexible job-share, initially 2 days a week

Fee : FTE circa 20,750 plus mileage


Our Trust helps to protect valuable wildlife habitats of the Sussex High Weald and South Downs through the delivery of conservation grazing with rare breed Exmoor ponies.


We work in close collaboration with local landowners and conservation agencies to provide a sustainable approach to limiting habitat degradation of our remaining chalk grassland and heathland.  Exmoor ponies are a hardy native breed, ideally suited to this work, able to thrive on the relatively poor quality forage of nature conservation sites; we currently have several herds (76 ponies) grazing different sites across the county.


The health and welfare of the Exmoor ponies is managed by a small grazing team on a 24/7 basis, supported by groups of volunteer lookers helping check the sites.  Tasks range from site assessments and pony moves to interaction with clients and the general public.


The role would suit someone with an interest in conservation and livestock management, with the opportunity to work across a number of important habitats in the Sussex area.  This is a flexible role which may be a convenient fit to other part-time work & would suit someone who is happy working as part of a team or working alone.


Main Responsibilities

  • To support the Trust's Grazing Co-ordinator in the management of the health and welfare of the Exmoor pony herds, carrying out or assisting with:
  • full site and pony checks
  • manning the phone
  • fencing work and pony moves
  • any other tasks arising from those activities
  • some administrative work


Key Requirements

  • some relevant stock management and experience desirable
  • full driving licence is essential, towing licence desirable
  • preferably own 4WD
  • reasonable physical fitness
  • flexible approach to work requirements as unsocial hours &/or emergencies can occur


Full Job Specification & Application Form Requests and Applications to: claremccullough7@gmail.com

Branden Cottage, Biddenden Road, Sissinghurst TN17 2AB


The deadline for Applications is Tuesday 29th May 2018 with interviews likely to be held during the week beginning 4th June 2018. 


For further information, please see our website: www.sussexponygrazing.co.uk  



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