North Stainley Estate is one of the oldest and most diverse estates in the UK, with core business interests spanning construction, house building, leisure, energy and farming. The Estate’s long term outlook drives a sustainability agenda across every aspect of our operations, which not only requires us to take a much broader view where the impact of our activities are concerned, but also to constantly challenge the way we do things.
Our farming business is no exception. Recognising the long-lasting and negative effects of intensive farming practices on soils, water quality and their respective eco-systems, we have recently adopted a Conservation Agriculture model. Based on the principles of minimum soil disturbance; permanent soil cover; intercropping and more diverse crop rotation, our primary aim is to maximise yields, whilst minimising any negative environmental impacts. This strategy is part of a broader plan to improve the quality of our woodland, hedgerows and field margins in order to realise further soil and bio-diversity benefits, as well as improve the long term leisure value of some of the Estate’s oldest assets.
We are now looking to recruit a forward thinking and hardworking Farm Operative to join us on this exciting journey. This will involve working hand in hand with our Farm Manager across a 1000 acre arable operation, as well as helping to meet similar goals where the ongoing management of our grazing land and biomass crops are concerned.
In addition, winter tasks may include traditional estate management jobs such as tree planting, woodland thinning, fencing and hedge laying. The position is full time and the candidate will be expected to work additional hours during busy seasonal periods.
Worked on a reasonably sized arable farm growing crops such as cereals, beans and oil seed rape.
Extensive experience of safely operating at least some of the following types of farm equipment: seed drill, sprayer, combine harvester, tractor, continuous flow dryer.
A good understanding of the importance of taking a robust approach to health & safety matters, both in respect of own job and wider team.
An understanding of the principles of Conservation Agriculture and their benefits.
Rough Terrain Tele-handler Certificate.
Pesticide Certificates, including: PA1 Theory & PA2 Boom Sprayer; also PA4 Slug Pellets & PA6 Knap Sack.
A good knowledge and practical experience of maintaining and repairing farm plant and equipment.
Good welding skills.
To apply please send your CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the above requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference LWF01