RSPB • Ouse Washes

Livestock Person x3 (Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £26180 - £29043 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

Do you have a passion to work with beef cattle on the largest area of wetland grassland in the country? We are looking for up to 3 stock people to work as part of a 6-person team responsible for the management of 2000 beef cattle on the Ouse Washes on a 6-month contract.

The main duties will include daily shepherding, cattle movements, routine veterinary treatments, treating ailments, assisting with record-keeping, and maintaining infrastructure.

What we need from you;

Essential skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Some experience of working with cattle (but this will be an excellent opportunity to gain further knowledge of how a large scale cattle grazing operation functions);
  • Good basic knowledge of all aspects of cattle husbandry;
  • Knowledge of essential record keeping requirements;
  • Ability to work as part of a team; and
  • Able to occasionally work alone with minimal supervision.

Desirable skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Sit astride ATV and Off Road 4x4 certificates;
  • Good understanding of agricultural and conservation land management;
  • Relevant ecological knowledge relating to grazing as a management tool;
  • Proficient and competent in a range of land management tasks related to the grazing operation
  • Problem solving skills.

Please note that tractor driving experience is not essential, and training will be provided by senior staff in all aspects of cattle management and welfare.

We will be looking to conduct interviews for this position on the 27th March 2023

Should you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact tabitha.woolnough@rspb.org.uk

Please note that you will be required to upload a CV and complete a short application form.

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

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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