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Milton Abbey School Farm Manager Required

Milton Abbey School are urgently in need of a School Farm Manager and Land Based Studies Technician.

Milton Abbey are looking to appoint a qualified and enthusiastic School Farm Manager to support the teaching and delivery of co-curricular activities in the Land Based Studies Department. The successful applicant will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the School Farm. A passion for high standards of animal welfare is essential and we are very interested in applicants with equine or shoot management expertise, although this is not essential.

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The role is full time and all year round. The successful applicant will have experience of managing farm livestock and maintaining machinery. Qualifications in land-based subjects is an advantage, as is licenses for equipment like RTV and chainsaw.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific responsibilities include the following, although this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • The daily running of the School Farm including (but not exclusively):
    • the full responsibility for the care and feeding of all livestock and poultry, keeping welfare logs as required
    • administering veterinary medicines as required and keeping records for welfare purposes
    • ordering feed, bedding, veterinary items and consumables as required
    • ensuring the safe storage of farm machinery and equipment, medicines and chemicals
    • working in line with budgetary constraints
  • To contribute to teaching lessons and the delivery of co-curricular activities as appropriate either through assisting and supervising practical work, work experience pupils or sharing technical knowledge.  This may include the completion of witness statements. 
  • Assisting teaching staff in preparation for practical lessons – preparing tools and materials, setting up tasks and clearing away at the end of the lesson.
  • To work with the pupils and staff in the Land Based Studies Department on practical environmental/estate skills work and shoot management work to meet the requirements of the management agreement with Forestry England and the academic curriculum. 
  • Complying with relevant legislation and codes of practice in all respects.
  • To organise and facilitate the movement of livestock on and off the farm including the keeping of accurate records for audit purposes.  Arranging the slaughter of livestock and the sale of farm produce.
  • To organise and facilitate the planting and growing of crops / vegetables including the keeping of accurate records for pupil assessment purposes.  Arranging the preparation of crops / vegetables for sale, and the sale of farm produce.
  • To keep the School farm and stables facilities clean and tidy at all times.
  • To assist with visitor tours of the School Farm and Stables facilities as required. Provide support and liaison as required for department development projects.
  • To carry out paddock and infrastructure maintenance for the farm and stables and assist the Director of Land Based Studies in maintenance planning.
  • To be responsible for the planning and carrying out practical work surrounding the Land Based Studies areas of the School.
  • To keep the Land Based Studies store tidy and maintain and audit stocks of equipment necessary for delivering the BTEC courses.  Ensure that all equipment, manual and motorised, is safe and suitable for use by pupils and staff and arrange servicing/repair as required.
  • Comply with relevant health and safety requirements and assist the Director of Land Based Studies by updating and keeping of records in the Land Based Studies Health and Safety files.  This includes the legionella logbook for the Land Based Studies areas.
  • Provide basic instruction and training to all Land Based Studies pupils in the use of hand tools and motorised equipment such as strimmers and keep records of such training in the Land Based Studies Health and Safety files.
  • To attend department and School meetings and Inset days.  These specifically include a weekly department meeting, the weekly full staff meeting and flagging plus any relevant Inset training sessions. 
  • To occasionally provide cover, where deemed reasonable, for the management of the stables and care of the horses. 
  • Where deemed reasonable, to assist the Estates team with wider estate management tasks.
  • Embark on Continuing Professional Development when the opportunity or need arises and attend Inset training for staff as directed by the Senior Deputy Head.
  • To carry out such other reasonable duties as might be directed by the Director of Land Based Studies, Deputy Head (Learning Development), the Senior Deputy Head or Head.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT:

  • This is a full time all year-round post to meet department and School requirements.
  • Appropriate training will be provided in support of Continued Professional Development.

Click the link below to download the application form:

Further details may be obtained from Milton Abbey on 01258 880484 or email hr@miltonabbey.co.uk.


Applications must be submitted on the School’s application form.  The closing date for applications is noon on 12:00 noon on Thursday 2nd September 2021.

Milton Abbey School is committed to safe guarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The appointment will be the subject of an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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