3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Employment type
Full time
£26180 - £29043 per annum

We are looking for experienced farm workers with practical, hands-on experience of sheep and cattle farming in the uplands to join an established team managing a 4800-hectare upland farm situated on the Lake Vyrnwy Estate, Powys.

The farm, which is managed by the RSPB on behalf of landowner Hafren Dyfrdwy, is the largest organic farm in England and Wales with over sheep, beef cattle and ponies. It is operated to achieve a range of important outcomes relating to sustainable land management, water catchment issues and conservation.

The successful applicant must have at least one fully trained working sheep dog to bring with them to the role. The role also involves working in a team which is responsible for livestock care and management to meet agreed objectives.

Key activities for the role include:

  • The daily care of livestock including feeding and movement of livestock.
  • The daily assessment of livestock welfare and health, raising issues and supporting with the administration of prescribed medicines and treatments.
  • A range of agricultural tractor work. I.e., feeding, bedding down, hay making activities and transportation of livestock.
  • Basic record keeping relating to animal movements and livestock health and welfare, to ensure compliance with regulations and agricultural best practice.
  • The basic maintenance and operation of machinery and agricultural equipment.
  • Communication between contractors.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Practical ability in the handling and movement of livestock including feeding, calving and lambing.
  • Practical competent handler in the movement of livestock (mainly sheep) using sheep dogs and ATV quad bikes
  • Practical ability in lambing, crutching, shearing, tagging, drenching etc.
  • Proven ability to work in a team; problem solving and personal organisation skills.
  • High level of knowledge in cattle and sheep husbandry particularly recognising and acting upon animal health and welfare issues requirements.
  • Proven practical skills such as building and maintaining fences, gates, ditches and livestock holding pens.
  • Knowledge and experience of the essential record keeping in terms of animal identification, animal movements, veterinary treatments and animal health.
  • Knowledge of the health, safety and welfare issues applying to agricultural operations and management (e.g. risk assessments).
  • Appreciation of the use of grazing as a conservation management tool.

The successful applicant will ideally have access to two trained sheep dogs.

As part of this application you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete a short form. If you wish to provide a cover letter with your application, please include this at the end of your CV document upload. For further information please contact jon.pike@rspb.org.uk

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly