Sacrewell Farm - Livestock Manager (paid role)

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre is pleased to announce an opportunity for a Livestock Manager to join their team.

The role of Livestock Manager is part of the Site Operations Team. The Livestock Manager manages and develops all current and future livestock programs, ensuring the highest quality care is always provided to all animals. You’ll need to be comfortable working with animals of all sizes, from guinea pigs to heavy horses, alpacas to pigs.

 About 80% of this job is working outside and “hands-on”, but you also need to be comfortable with the back-office side of our business, including developing and managing the agriculture budget, developing the marketing and sales of animals and animal products, and managing paddock and herd health, performance and related record-keeping.

You'll be working flexible hours including weekends, evenings and bank holidays

What it's like to work here

Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre is the visitor face of the William Scott Abbott Trust, an agricultural education charity based between Peterborough and Stamford. Most of the 550-acre farm is in an organic arable tenancy. This role is focussed only on the 50-acre visitor attraction.

You will be working as a key member of a small close-knit team with support and help at hand.

What you'll be doing

The role of Livestock Manager at Sacrewell goes above the demands of a usual stockman; we have ambitious plans and a desire for improving the public engagement with our animals. The role requires experience with heavy horses, and an ability to develop our working horse programme. Our spring lambing programme is very popular, and you would need to manage this to ensure best practice for public engagement and health and safety. We have a successful partnership with a local pig breeder and alpaca breeder, and we want to maintain/improve those relationships for better commercial gain. There is scope to develop a conservation grazing programme.

You'll be an excellent team player as communication and cooperation with the wider operations team is crucial in ensuring this role works well. The Farm and Ranger teams especially will be working together on a regular basis.

You'll work at a strategic level to lead and deliver plans to further this work, sharing what you learn with staff, volunteers, visitors and industry leaders. As well as this strategic approach, you'll lead your small team with a “boots on the ground” approach.

Who we're looking for:

To continue the excellent work being done here, you’ll need to have/be:

  • Experience working with livestock, especially heavy horses, sheep and alpacas

  • The ability to work with visitors to ensure excellent experiences for people of all ages

  • Very good at using your initiative and managing your own time and workload

  • Excellent customer service skills and the confidence to talk to our visitors and volunteers about the work we're doing

  • Excellent land management practice

Physical requirements

  • Requires ability to operate and provide basic service of equipment used in farming.

  • Requires ability to sit at computer for several hours at a time

  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds.

  • Ability to withstand prolonged exposure to variable weather conditions

  • TO APPLY: Send a CV and covering letter, fully outlining why you are interested in the role and what sets you apart from other candidates. Applications without a covering letter and CV will NOT be considered.

Download the role profile (.doc)

INTERVIEW PROCESS: Shortlisted candidates will be invited attend a practical assessment day, followed by a second panel interview day with Trustees and Senior Management Team. Due to the expected high response rate, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of closing date, we regret that we will not be taking your application forward for interview.