Farm Assistant/Tractor Driver

Application close date:July 19, 2018

Interviews to be held:

Bransby Horses is seeking a full time Farm Assistant to join our busy and hardworking Estates Team. The successful candidate will work as part of the team to ensure that all fields, yards and machinery are clean and well maintained so that our equines can live a safe and content life. The ideal candidate will have previous experience of agriculture and farm work, including grounds maintenance and grass cutting and also the ability to drive and operate a tractor and machinery. A relevant driving certificate and any other land based qualifications would be advantageous. Please note that there is some weekend work involved.

Job Description

Liase With:

  •  All staff that are employed or who work on a sub-contract basis for the charity
  •  Visitors and supporters of the charity


Working Hours: 37.5 hours (including some weekend work)

Annual Salary / Pay Per hour: £16,000 - £18,000 (Dependant on Experience)

Main Purpose of the Job:

  • To ensure that all fields, yards and machinery are clean and well maintained; to enable the animals that the charity cares for, to live a safe and content life.

Main Duties:

  • Field sweeping
  • Grass cutting
  • Tractor work – including grassland husbandry, spraying, hay and straw storage and distribution
  • Driving all vehicles as required – including trailer work
  • Roadway and yard sweeping
  • Strimming and cleaning of walkways
  • Fence maintenance and repairs
  • Maintenance of all gates and farm doors
  • Regular checking of trees, hedgerows and conservation areas and their maintenance
  • Vehicle and machinery checks, repairs and maintenance, ensuring that all checks are carried out at the necessary time intervals and to the standards required
  • To record and maintain all necessary records
  • To liaise with suppliers to ensure that all necessary spare parts are obtained economically and promptly
  • To ensure that workshops , vehicle and machinery stores are maintained in a clean, safe and tidy condition
  • To abide by health and safety at work Regulations
  • To perform other duties as required in order to fulfil the objectives of the charity
  • To deal with confidential and sensitive information appropriately
  • To read, understand and observe the requirements of Health and Safety Policy and Procedure at all time

 This is not an exhaustive list of all of the duties that may need to be undertaken. It may be necessary to undertake other duties in order to fulfil the objectives of the charity.

person Specification

Education & Qualifications
  • A good standard of general education (E)
  • A relevant agricultural driving certificate (D)
  • Other land based qualifications, including PA1, PA2 and PA6 (D)
Experience & Knowledge
  • Experience of agriculture and farm work (E)
  • Tractor and machinery driving (E)
  • Experience of routine grounds maintenance including fencing. Strimming and grass cutting (E)
  • An up to date knowledge of grassland husbandry (E)
  • An good understanding of health and safety considerations (D)
Skills & Competencies
  • The necessary skills to enable manual tasks to be carried out efficiently and effectively (E)
  • Demonstrate good organisation and time management (E)
  • Be able to work from own initiative with minimum supervision (E)
  • Have the ability to prioritise and adapt a flexible approach to working (E)
Application / Interview
Personal Attributes
  • Be a good team player (E)
  • Possess the ability to cope with the physical demands of the job, i.e. lifting, carrying and working at height where necessary (E)
  • Have a polite, friendly and approachable manner (E)
  • Possess the ability to promote a professional image of the charity at all times, both in and out of work (E)
  • Be flexible and willing to work weekends (E)
  • Hold a full UK driving Licence (E)
Application / Interview