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Logo: Knepp Castle EstateAssistant Stockperson / General Farm Worker

Location: West Sussex

Salary: Depending on experience

Contract: Permanent


An exciting opportunity to join the 3,500 acre Knepp Rewilding Project working alongside our head stockperson.  The role exists for a full-time all-rounder, with a genuine interest and leaning towards livestock and nature conservation.


The principle tasks include assisting with:


  • Livestock - we are organic and our cattle are outwintered and generally are not artificially fed (except the bulls).  We practice Bud Williamsí style of stockmanship and use Temple Grandin designed handling facilities.  The livestock still need checking and gathering.  Calving may require additional hours of work.  Livestock work makes up the largest part of the role.
  • White Stork Project - This species reintroduction project is lead by a third party, but stork feeding and managing of the food supply as well as other duties will form part of the role.  Generally, this will account for 5-6 hours/week + projects.
  • Forestry & firewood - occasional assistance with this type of work
  • Fencing - maintenance of deer fencing is quite a large part of the role
  • Vehicle & machinery routine cleaning and maintenance
  • Field work - topping, harrowing and rolling in some areas + seasonal ragwort pulling. 
  • Ragwort control mostly takes place for two weeks in the summer alongside seasonal hired-in labour
  • Assisting other departments - the estate is diverse, and there are times when we all pull together, for example at public events
  • Miscellaneous - the job will inevitably be varied!


Training will be provided as required, but we anticipate that the applicant will have had some agricultural training and experience.


If you would like a full job spec or to apply for this position with CV, please email jason@knepp.co.uk.


Closing date: 17 May 2019 



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