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Canterbury Oast Trust

Farm and Attraction Worker

The Rare Breeds Centre and Canterbury Oast Trust

The South of England Rare Breeds Centre is a busy tourist attraction with more than 110,000 visitors a year. The Farm is a great day out to see traditional rare breed animals, play in the parks, and ride on the tractor.

This supports the work of the Canterbury Oast Trust, a leading local charity providing high quality care and support for adults with learning disabilities across Kent and East Sussex. It also provides valuable training opportunities for the adults with learning disabilities enabling them to develop their animal management or horticultural and customer service skills.

The Farm and Attraction Worker vacancy

  • Annual salary u00a317,375 pa plus weekend allowance
  • The role is 37.5 hours per week (0800-1630) (working alternate weekends with 2 days off before or after your working weekend)

We are seeking to recruit a great Farm and Attraction Worker; a person who share our values:

  • A commitment to quality and being the best they can
  • To show dignity and respect to the people that they will be working with
  • Who will work well as part of a team
  • Would like to make a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities

It is a driving requirement for this Farm and Attraction Worker role that you have a full manual driving licence, be over 21 and have held your full driving licence for at least one year

The Role

Working in a team you will ensure the wellbeing of livestock and the maintenance of animal enclosures. In this Farm and Attraction Worker role you will assist with providing the Centre's daily visitor events and ensure the smooth and safe running of the Centre as a visitor attraction.

Farm and Attraction Worker responsibilities will amongst other duties include the following:

  • To assist in the smooth running of the Centre, as a farm, visitor attraction and life skills provider
  • Assisting in the care and wellbeing of farm animals, ensuring livestock have fresh water, food and clean/dry bedding
  • To ensure livestock are in good health
  • To organise and present positively and safely the daily events such as "meet the animals" sessions, pig racing and trailer rides
  • To ensure the farm area is kept tidy and presentable
  • To assist in supporting and working alongside adults with learning disabilities as they develop their animal management and customer service skills
  • Maintaining livestock enclosures and fences
  • Driving farm vehicles, including tractors and ancillaries, as required

About You

As a Farm and Attraction Worker, in addition to having values and behaviours that match our own, you will ideally have:

  • One years' experience of working with and handling a range of small and large livestock
  • A good practical knowledge and approach to daily work on a livestock farm.
  • Good working knowledge of farm tasks, including repair and maintenance work
  • Proficiency and experience of driving tractors and ancillary attachments
  • Proficient in the use of hand tools and farm machinery
  • Experience of working with/alongside adults with learning disabilities
  • A friendly and engaging personality
  • A good team player
  • Excellent customer service skills

Benefits include:

  • 22 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays; Additional annual leave for 3,4 and 5 years continuous service
  • Paid DBS check
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Free entry to Rare Breeds Centre - 2 adults & 2 children


All appointments are subject to:

  • proof of eligibility to work in the UK
  • an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • two satisfactory references (one of which must be from your current or most recent employer)
  • a full and detailed employment history


If you believe you have the right values and behaviours for our organisation and you meet the requirements of this Farm and Attraction Worker role then we would love to hear from you.

Interviews will be held face to face in a socially distanced environment and in adherence with Covid-19 protocols.

This advert will close on 21st May 2021. However we reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

Apply by clicking here

Closing Date: 21/05/2021  Location: Woodchurch

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