Farm Manager for Camphill Community Grangemockler

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8th July 2020
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21st July 2020

BACKGROUND TO THE POST: Camphill Communities of Ireland (CCoI) works to create sustainable intentional communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with speak needs, can live learn and work with others in healthy social relationships base on mutual care and respect. As part of our intentional Community activities we run a number of day services that offer therapeutic activities that engage people and help them to creatively express themselves. 

Job title: Farmer/ Farm Manager

(Initially this is a job shared position with the current farmer. There is the opportunity for appropriate candidates to take on the full role within 6 months).

Reports to: The Day Service Coordinator (in the first instance), Person in Charge, Management Group.

Purpose:

  • To manage and carry out duties associated with the day-to-day and long term management of Camphill Community Grangemockler farm along with managing the farm workshop.
  • Camphill Community Grangemockler is a mix farm of 35 acres with dairy cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and vegetable production.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the farm runs efficiently, profitably and they are responsible for creating an environment that is positive, inviting, and safe whilst ensuring a safe, effective and appropriate farm service for residents and coworkers.
  • To be familiar with anthroposophy, biodynamic and organic farming, develop and improve these value in all aspects of the farm work.

Farm Service Responsibilities:

  • Manages and oversees the Farm service: Supports, motivates, organises and supervises trainees, co-workers, employees and residents in their work.
  • Ensure all farm work/schedules/tasks are adequately and appropriately delegated to co-workers and residents to attend to.
  • Ensure residents and co-workers are trained and understand tasks before they are delegated to them.  This may include providing a demonstration of the task to the person.
  • Provide supervision, guidance and training to residents and co-workers on an ongoing basis and as required.
  • Ensure that appropriate documentation is keep on the farm relating to residents such as but not limited to: personal plans, behavioural support plans, annual reviews, resident goals, resident risk assessments, next of kin/family contact details.
  • Keep up to date on current events in the Community.
  • Assist in the preparation of an annual report before each individual’s review with information and ideas on progress in the day service.
  • Assist in the induction of all new members of the farm team in the residents/day attendees’ care plans / goal settings.
  • Ensure risk assessments and workshop plans are updated as needed and share these with the co-workers on the farm.
  • Participate in weekly day-service meetings

 Have knowledge of the following policies/documents:

  • Risk assessments for the farm.
  • Camphill Grangemockler Policy Documents.
  • National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities.
  • Health and Safety at Work in Residential Care Facilities.
  • The Health Act (2007) Care and Support of Residents in

Designated Centres for Persons (Children and Adults) with

Disabilities (Regulations 2013).  

The farm manager is the team leader. They support, motivate, organise and supervise team members and their work. Such team members include people with special needs, other employed members of staff and coworkers (long term and short term). The farm manager is responsible for the health and safety for all the people in their workshop (residential/day attendees, employees and coworkers alike), and will ensure that:

  • A fully equipped first aid box is on the premises;
  • Emergency numbers must be visible next on the first aid box
  • New employees, coworkers and volunteers must immediately be inducted in what to do in        case of an emergency.
  • Provide training and teaching to coworkers and employees as required
  • Promote excellence in farm management through sharing of ideas, knowledge, research, continuous professional development and encouraging others to do the same.

You must ensure that you:

  • Maintain tools, equipment, products and the workshop itself and space around the       workshop, in a safe and clean manner.
  • Attend meeting and training as required to improve service delivery and further              professional development.
  • Support and promote best practice in record keeping throughout Camphill in line with Data Protection guidelines and legislation.
  • Carry out other duties consistent with the post as may be required.
  • Maintain the dignity and respect for people with special needs and other colleagues by               ensuring that you do not divulge information of a personal or professional nature that is            against the spirit and ethos of the Community.
  • Work closely with your colleagues with the Community and Nationally to share learning,            develop material and maintain the spirit of Camphill.
  • Contribute to incident and complaint investigation processes as required.

You must ensure that everyone at the farm knows where policies can be found and that anyone assisting you knows who to ask if they have any concerns, complaints or if an incident occurs. You are responsible for good communications with all members of the Grangemockler Community Team.

Care Issues:

Ensure residents and day attendees that are allocated to your day service are present. It is also critical to ensure that coworkers, employees or volunteers are on duty during scheduled time and you must supervise their punctuality and quality of work.

To ensure good standards of care you must attend day service meetings. It is essential that you maintain a daily diary of events related to people in your care as well as records of attendance of residents/day attendees. This diary will assist you in the preparation of an annual report which must be written prior to each individual’s annual review with information and ideas on how they are doing in your service.

It is the responsibility of the workshop master to update workshop care plans, incident reports, accident reports, etc. as needed and share these with the appropriate house coordinators and care coordinators.

Farm Responsibilities

  • Buying and selling animals or produce – organising sales and purchases of livestock, farm equipment, crops and agricultural products.
  • Doing practical work such as looking after livestock, driving tractors and other machinery and harvesting crops.
  • Collaborate on the kind of crops to be grown with the farm manager and garden workshop master, the area to be sown or planted.
  • Keeping records of livestock and/or crops and financial records.
  • Organising maintenance/repair of farm property, equipment and machinery.
  • Variations in workloads relate to seasonal demands – some unsocial hours may be necessary during busy periods (eg during harvesting) and managers will be expected to deal with emergencies.
  • Clean and maintain buildings, sheds, pens, equipment and facilities to maintain health standards and high quality of produce.
  • Animal husbandry including adhering to animal welfare rights.
  • Collaborate with the garden and estate workshop masters.
  • Ensure that all plant and equipment are properly maintained and in good working order, including the buildings.
  • Plan finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters.
  • Monitor animal health and welfare, including liaising with vets, ensuring adequate food and water supply and protection from weather.
  • Ensure that farm activities comply with government regulations.

This Job Description indicated only the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list.

Camphill Grangemockler reserves the right to amend this Job Description from time to time, according to the community’s needs. Any changes will be confirmed in writing. Please note that you share with Camphill Grangemockler with responsibility for making suggestions to alter the scope of your duties and improve the effectiveness of your post.

Job application: Please forward letter of motivation and CV to grangemockler@camphill.ie

Closing date for applications is Monday the 24th of August. Interviews will the Monday and Tuesday, the 31st of August and the 1st of September.

Person in Charge Alan Martin, 087 941 64 35 Farm Manager Ward Smis, 087 708 02 62