£23,000 Per Annum
Conservation Farmer – Lundy Island
Salary: £23,000 including Accommodation, Utilities, plus Benefits
Our client is based in the Bristol Channel some eleven miles off the North Devon coast. The Island is made of granite and rises steeply out of the sea to a height of some 450 feet. It is 3.5miles long and 0.5mile wide and is mainly rough pasture and maritime heathland together with clumps of cut rhododendron on the east side. There is no arable farming but there is a flock of domestic ewes and small herd of Highland Cattle. There are feral sika deer, soay sheep, ponies and goats. Much of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the waters around Lundy are of international importance and have been designated the country’s first Statutory Marine Nature Reserve, the first Marine Conservation Zone, and are also a candidate Special Area of Conservation.
Essential Skills and Experience:
As the Islands only farmer, you will manage all aspects of the domestic, feral stock, landscape and access tracks. Working in partnership with, and supported by the islands conservation team, you will manage the farm and deliver the Islands conservation objectives taking into account the islands SSSi designation. Farming Lundy is similar and comparable to upland pasture/hill farming in an environmentally sensitive setting.
We are seeking an experienced driven individual to join our small island team, who has a passion for farming and conservation and who possesses:
- An Industry recognised farming qualification.
- Extensive experience of animal welfare, sheep farming, lambing, handling livestock and the production of on-island winter fodder.
- Experience of working with the general public, delivering exceptional service and a high standard of presentation both personally and across the estate.
The Ideal candidate will also possess:
- Experience of working with a major conservation organisation or environmental bodies, e.g. Natural England, The National Trust or other similar body.
- Proven experience of conservation-led farming practices. You will possess a good working knowledge of current stewardship agreements with a clear understanding of the direction of farming nationally, coupled with and the ability to identify and maximise grant funding opportunities in balance with the island’s present and future conservation aims and objectives.
- Extensive experience in all legislation relating to farm management, including stock control, movement and food hygiene. You will own a maximum of two working dogs.
- Experience of land management, drainage, fencing and maintenance of tracks and access ways.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
- The ability to work closely with the island team, assisting with other island duties and helping with the day to day running of the island.
Farming Lundy in an offshore remote location requires a practical hands-on approach and the successful candidate will be expected to have:
- A working knowledge of all farm machinery and be competent with the day-to-day care and maintenance requirements.
- ATV license, JCB and backhoe experience or be happy to qualify for these.
- A flexible approach to working hours with the ability to work under pressure in inclement weather.
- A Firearms certificate or you will be eligible and happy to apply for this.
Further detailed job spec avilable.
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