Farm Assistant for Botton Camphill Community | Biodynamic Association

Farm Assistant for Botton Camphill Community

Kiss the Ground – what is biodynamics?
22nd June 2017
Biodynamic Assistant Grower, Clervaux – Ruskin Mill Trust
1st August 2018

We are looking for experienced candidates who have an enthusiasm for the outdoors and farm work. Our mission is to work in an organic / bio-dynamic manner with passion and skill to provide produce for use within our community and to support people to learn new skills and develop.

Ideally candidates will have experience and knowledge of Organic farming and its processes, and knowledge of biodynamic farming and the techniques would be desirable. You will have experience of working in a similar environment such as arable or livestock farming, able to work without close supervision, and equally within a mixed ability team setting.

Botton Community has around 650 acres of land which include farms and farmland, residential property, and forest areas, and is home to around 90 adults with a learning disability.

The social farms provide meaningful work placement opportunities to a mixed ability team of people we support and guest volunteers.

As a Farm Assistant, you will work under the supervision of the farmers to complete day to day tasks, to ensure smooth operation of the farms. Working as a vital part of the land team, you will provide added valuable support, on the farms to help people and yourself to develop their skills.

 

You will be contributing to the health and well-being of the animals on the farms, including milking cows and feeding livestock (dairy & beef cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens), hay making and other associated land work.  You will be able to contribute to discussions around the land and farms and capture your interest in learning skills in working on the land and with animals.

 

Although the role can be demanding at times, it is also very rewarding.

 

To be able to carry out the role you;

  • You must be 18 years and over.
  • Be enthusiastic, motivated, honest, reliable, trustworthy and have a caring nature.
  • Experience of working within a Farm or similar land-based setting.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Able to be sensitive, yet objective, about the needs of adults with learning difficulties.
  • You will treat people with different abilities, beliefs and religion to your own, respectfully.
  • Be physically fit and able to undertake physical work.
  • Be self-motivated, work on your own initiative and be able to work as part of a team.
  • Have a full driving licence and be able to drive a tractor (desirable).

 

Candidates will be expected to work a full time (37.5hrs), weekend working as part of a shift rota is standard.

 

Candidates will Ideally have related farming qualifications and/or a QCF Level 2 qualification in Social Care or be willing to work towards these qualification’s during employment with us. Our benefits portfolio also includes a full training & Induction programme, and other opportunities for personal development.

Our Charity is committed to safeguarding adults therefore applicants must be aged 18 years and above, and an Enhanced DBS will be required for this job role which will be funded through the charity, as well as employment references.

To apply please visit: https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/1327126?cid=1595&FromSearch=False

 

Closing date: 25 August 2018

Interviews: w/c 10 September 2018