Farm & Woodland Manager

Farm & Woodland Manager

This role involves managing and interfacing with people as well as animals. Team Management experience, excellent planning and organisation together with sound judgement and strong communication skills are essential. Reporting to the Directors this role is currently assisted by 3 – 6 others on the Estate team but, living on site, the successful candidate needs to commit to the hours that animals and land management can require


Experience, Qualifications

·         Relevant animal management experience (minimum three years with livestock)

·         Sincere belief in organic principles and, ideally, experience of farming to organic standards

·         Core belief in, and passion for, animal well-being, health and hygiene

·         Cattle experience essential, pig and sheep desirable

·         Woodland knowledge and experience very advantageous

·         Driving license and experience in tractor and trailer operation essential

·         Telehandler, excavator, ATV operation and, where appropriate, tickets are advantageous

·         Vehicle and machinery maintenance experience advantageous

·         Chainsaw, brush cutter tickets useful



·         Flexible, as comfortable following instructions as when using own initiative

·         Hands on, as happy working independently as alongside the team and managing

·         Naturally organised with high standards

·         Calm under pressure



·         Although there is a weekend rota hours are commensurate with the role


Additional information

·         On site accommodation (Lodge on edge of Estate)

·         Competitive salary

·         Private health care

·         Life Assurance

·         25 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays


Key areas of responsibility Including, but not limited to:



·         Overall responsibility for the day to day management of the Estate grounds and livestock

·         Management, and where appropriate supervision of the farm and woodland team (permanent, temporary & seasonal) including, where appropriate, contractors

·         Training and development of your team

·         Care, maintenance and safety of all tools, equipment and machinery

·         Managing livestock birthing periods (calving, farrowing and possible lambing)

·         Implementing the breeding regime, monitoring cycles for pigs, sheep and cattle


Animal husbandry

·         Daily observation – specific focus on health and well-being, provision of appropriate minor treatments

·         Implementation of agreed grazing, pen and fencing strategy

·         Feed stock control and feeding in accordance with dietary needs and optimised meat production

·         Provision of suitable and clean bedding conditions

·         Mucking out (although animals live mostly outdoors, including over wintering)



·         Development and implementation of agreed woodland strategy (focussed on care for ancient woods)

·         Optimisation of revenue from woodland harvest in accordance with agreed strategy



·         Compliance with all legislation and organic standards relating to animals and the land

·         When required and feasible (including, as, where and if appropriate:

·         Firewood and charcoal processing,

·         Grounds maintenance,

·         Landscaping and woodland work

·         Interface with public, schools and visitors as this aspect of the estate is developed


Interested candidates should email their CV and supporting letter to:

The Belmont Estate