Mullti Skilled Farming Operator

Job Type Agriculture
Region South East England
Location Leckford
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
09
Closing Date 31/7/2019
Vacancy Type
Permanent
Salary £9.01-£11.47
Salary Frequency per hour
Hours of Work
39 per week
Earlier start 08:00
Latest 19:00
Occasional weekends as and when required. Flexibility is required during peak times.

Duties & Responsibilities

--- About Leckford ---

We are a 4,000-acre estate near Stockbridge, Hampshire. The estate was purchased in 1929 by John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and we have been farming it now for nearly 90 years.

We are the Waitrose Farm and our produce is supplied to Waitrose stores across the country. The estate is diverse and our commercial businesses span property, food production, farming, retail and leisure activities.

We care passionately about British farming and the environment and we practice 'The Waitrose Way' of healthy living, fair treatment, treading lightly on the environment and championing British produce.

--- About the Farm ---

The job is located on the Leckford Estate, the Waitrose & Partners Farm, in the Test Valley, Hampshire. We are the only supermarket owned farm in the UK.

The role of multi-skilled farm operator is one of around 12 full-time permanent positions in the Farming team although it is the only position which specifically works across all farming activities - fruit, arable, forage crops and livestock.

--- About the role ---

To assist the farm management team in maximising the profitability of the fruit, arable and livestock enterprises, whilst helping us to meet our commitments to environmental protection and to the enhancement of nature conservation on the estate.

Job Requirements

• To assist the farming managers and the rest of the farming team in ensuring day-to-day duties and operations are carried out effectively and to the required standards.
• To support the Fruit Manager and Crops Manager through the harvest period (e.g. pre-harvest preparations, store preparations, grain carting, moving fruit bins, store operation, etc.).
• To support the Fruit Manager with orchard tasks (e.g. winter pruning) and provide operational back-up in the absence of the Fruit Manager (e.g. orchard & vineyard spraying, store monitoring).
• To assist in carrying out other farming-related activities appropriate to the role (e.g. fieldwork, fencing, livestock feeding, maintenance, etc.).
• To take responsibility for operating equipment carefully, efficiently, effectively and safely, and to be responsible for basic maintenance.

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

• NVQ level 3 in relevant subject
• Relevant NPTC qualifications in machinery use (e.g. tractor driving, telescopic handler)
• Full driving licence
• Minimum 3 years of general/mixed farming experience.
• Minimum 3 years of tractor operating experience
• Following crop and livestock production protocols
• Daily record keeping

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

• Relevant NPTC Pesticide Application Modules (minimum PA1 & PA2) and up-to-date member of NRoSO
• Safe use of ATV
• Chainsaw competency certificates
• Top fruit production
• Working as part of a large team
• Machinery maintenance
• Grain store operation


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