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Conservation & Livestock Ranger

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Sculthorpe
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 12/09/2022
Company Name Hawk and Owl Trust
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Website Further Details / Applications
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We are looking for an experienced Livestock Worker to manage the Trust's livestock operation and work on our Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk. If caring for cattle and sheep and working outdoors is your passion, and you love working with people, this is just the role for you.

What it's like to work here
The Sculthorpe Reserve is the home of the Hawk and Owl Trust and is a busy centre in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, The 200 acres site is a hub for education and learning, developing rural skills and working in partnership with other organisations. In addition, we manage additional land around Norfolk and Somerset.

You will be primarily based at Sculthorpe looking after our rare breed animals. As with all livestock, irregular and weekend hours will be required.

What you'll be doing
As the Livestock Ranger working in conjunction with our head Conservation Officer, you'll be fully responsible for the conservation grazing operation. This will include overseeing livestock husbandry practices, coordinating with other staff and coordinating work programmes to include herd health planning, farm assurance schemes certifications, livestock cross compliance requirements, and record keeping.

This is a very outward-facing role. You'll be working closely with individuals and organisations to carry out our grazing obligations and looking to regularly review to optimise opportunities to expand our work. At all times, you will be acting to protect and enhance the Trust's assets and reputation. This will see you promoting and championing the work of the conservation grazing operation and looking at ways to improve this area of work, therefore the successful applicant will be required to understand and support the work or the Trust.

You'll also be commercially and financially minded, so you can look after your budget and oversee the management of the livestock.

And when the work with the Livestock is completed, you will be working on the reserve with our other rangers and volunteers or our other staff in delivering events and outreach activities.

Who we're looking for
To deliver this role successfully, you will need to.

  • Have significant practical experience in livestock husbandry and grazing management (in particular cattle and sheep) 
  • Have evidence of good people skills and management 
  • Have strong organisational skills including work programming record keeping
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance in a countryside setting
  • Under estate management and maintenance work in accordance with the priorities identified in the management plan and as agreed and instructed by the Conservation Officer
  • Regularly provide the Conservation Officer with updates and, where necessary, identify issues or problems which may be affecting the implementation of the management plan.
  • Where work is undertaken by any of the above is below required standards, take appropriate action, where necessary.
  • Where the quality of work remains below the standard after initial concerns have been raised, advise the Conservation Officer, who will agree if further remedial action is required.
  • Provide the Conservation Officer with evidenced-based feedback relating to the performance and capability of volunteers, contractors, suppliers and others.

And it would be helpful if you could demonstrate the following experience on your CV/Application.

  • Machinery and equipment particularly tractors, farm equipment, chainsaws, strimmer etc 
  • Significant experience driving 4x4 vehicles and trailers
  • Maintenance of fencing
  • Empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers and the public

Due to the nature of this role, flexibility is required you'll also need a full clean UK driving license.

Should applicants require further information please contact Nigel Middleton on 01328 856 788

How to apply

Please click and down the application pack, complete the form and send to the following address by Monday 12th September.

  • Nigel Middleton (Private & Confidential), Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, Turf Moor Road, Sculthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9GN
  • Or via email to admin@hawkandowltrust.org.uk

Application pack

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