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Harewood Farming

Agricultural & Woodland Machine Operative


The Harewood Estate spans some 4000 acres and lies nestled between Leeds and Harrogate, set in the sweeping Yorkshire landscape designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 250 years ago. The Estate has a diverse range of business interests including commercial units, residential properties, holiday cottages, arable and livestock farming, forestry, renewable energy generation, food production and hospitality. We are constantly working to protect our past while staying relevant for the future.

The Estate is about to embark on a major 10-year landscape and heritage restoration and regeneration project (probably the biggest intervention since Brown’s time), which will restore damaged and degraded historic structures, ecosystems and natural processes, create new habitats, encourage greater biodiversity and enhance natural capital functions. These works will see the restoration of historic landscape features, planting of over 17,000 trees, creation of 70 hectares of wildflower meadow and 250 hectares of wood pasture parkland and new livestock facilities and grazing regimes.

The ambitious project has been made possible via funding from a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme and the Estate is now looking to fill a number of roles needed to deliver the first two years of work. We are looking for self-motivated, inspiring, skilled and dedicated people with a passion for the environment, conservation and the outdoors, who want to play a part in initiatives that find solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises that result in improved landscapes for future generations.

Role Profile

  • Working with a variety of agricultural machinery for soil preparation, planting of crops, harvesting and processing in order to assist in the delivery of our environmental restoration project and improving our grasslands and woodland. Activities will include:
    • Harrowing, rolling and seeding areas to improve grassland diversity
    • Grass cutting
    • Weed control including spot spraying, weed wiping and knapsack
    • Green hay cuts and spreading
    • Seed harvesting
    • Hay crop leading
  • Carrying out safety checks and maintenance of equipment to ensure that equipment is kept in a good working order and adheres to health and safety regulations
  • Setting up machines and preparing power tools and other attachments for safe and effective use
  • Mixing specified materials and chemicals for application
  • Assisting with the repair and construction of fences around the Estate
  • Assist with other areas of the forestry and farming departments as required

Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience in a similar role of operating agricultural machinery, including tractors, trailers, diggers, dumpers and quad bikes
  • Experience of undertaking basic machinery repairs
  • Full, clean driving licence with excellent driving skills
  • Possess the appropriate qualifications through formal training to operate a range of farm machinery and attachments
  • Experience of identifying potential risks and adhering to health and safety requirements
  • Good working knowledge of farming techniques for planting, growing, and harvesting. Experience in animal husbandry and handling techniques would also be advantageous
  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and Agriculture, Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture, City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Safe Working in Agriculture and Production Horticulture or other such appropriate qualification is desirable but not essential
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own time to deadlines
  • Works well with a team in order to complete large scale projects

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary of £23,000 - £25,000 depending on experience
  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounts and benefits with selected Harewood businesses and retail
  • The opportunity to develop within the role via formal training and on the job learning
  • There will be some weekend working so we have a TOIL system in operation or there is the opportunity for overtime where agreed in advance
  • The role is offered on a 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension depending on opportunities and funding at the end of this time

To apply please send a cover letter along with your CV to by 7th December. Interviews will take place in December with a view to commencing the role in early 2023.

Closing Date: 07/12/2022  Location: Harewood, Leeds

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