About Farms for City Children
Farms for City Children is a national charity that gives 3,000 children a year the chance to become an integral part of one of our three working farms in Devon, Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire. During their week-long stay the children and their teachers/guardians live and work at the farms, explore the countryside, and find out where good food comes from. Children participate in the seasonal farming tasks of the week: there are no pick-and-mix preferences or opt-outs – these are purposeful activities pegged to the farming calendar. During their visit the children also discover self-confidence as they conquer fears, grow in self-belief as they overcome challenges as part of hard working teams, develop new friendships, create stories and poems filled with the vibrant sounds and language of the rural environment, and learn to see a bigger, brighter future than they might realise exists beyond their crowded city horizons or day-to-day struggles. The charity subsidises over 60% of the true cost of a week on the farm, making it as affordable as possible for all families, whatever their background.
About the Role
The Farm Operations Manager is a pivotal role for the charity and carries with it responsibility and accountability for animal husbandry, bio-security, and on-farm health and safety – most importantly, providing an authentic but very safe farming environment for our visiting children. You will also be responsible for sustainable land management, will oversee infrastructure projects, lead on farm maintenance, and be responsible for securing and managing farm subsidies. You will also be feeding livestock, mucking out pens, and getting your farming hands dirty on a daily basis with all manner of routine farming jobs.
This exciting new role could be the job of a lifetime for the right candidate. Whoever joins the team will have the opportunity to develop, diversify and extend our farming enterprise at Nethercott House to provide engaging farming interactions for our visiting children, whilst aiming to deliver a profit from the high-quality farming outputs.
The Farm Operations Manager will work closely with the Farm School Manager – who is the overall head of the site at Nethercott House – and deputise for them during absences. Accountable to the charity’s Head of Operations on all agricultural and technical mattes, you will be a member of the charity-wide Senior Management Team and be directly involved in setting the direction and future agenda of the charity.
We are looking for a competent and ambitious person with a relevant agriculture qualification (preferably a Degree or HND), who has professional experience of managing a farming business, advanced knowledge of Health and Safety (particularly zoonotic disease control), and a broad range of training, knowledge and skills as set out in the job description. Experience of or a demonstrable interest in working with children is highly desirable.
How to Apply
If you are excited about the opportunity to join us in this amazing new role please send us your CV (maximum 3 pages), and in a separate cover letter (500 to 1000 words) tell us a bit more about your reasons for applying, and be really specific about how you meet the requirements of the role. More information can be found in the full Job Description attached. Enquiries and applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am on 21st July.
First interviews will be held at Nethercott House in Iddesleigh, Devon on 24th or 25th July 2019.
Second interviews will be held at the charity’s Head Office near to Exeter, Devon on 5th or 6th August 2019.
DIRECT APPLICATIONS ONLY. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED THROUGH RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS OR OTHER INTERMEDIARIES WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED.