Assistant Stockperson

Location: Southerham, Lewes with travel across Sussex required.

Actual Salary: £21,622 per annum

Contract Type: Permanent 

Hours: 35 hours over a 7 day rota - Evening and weekend work required 

Closing Date: 9th April 23:59

Interview Date: 16th April

THE TRUST

Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.  By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places.  Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.

THE ROLE

You will assist our Grazing Manager, working alongside the wider Land Management Team, to help ensure the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s livestock are managed to high animal welfare standards. Under the instruction of the Grazing Manager, the role will involve day to day management, handling, shepherding, transporting and checking of livestock (cattle, sheep and ponies) across our nature reserve portfolio in east and west Sussex.  The work will also involve the use of tractor, trailer and also tractor related operations including topping, flailing and bailing.

THE PERSON

We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping to conserve Sussex wildlife through delivering practical grazing and habitat management across the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s land portfolio. You will have some experience of working with, (handling, moving and transporting) livestock including sheep, cattle and ponies. In addition you will have knowledge and some practical experience of estate management skills, including operating large machinery such as tractors and towing livestock trailers. High animal welfare will be very important to you, and you will need to have a love of working outdoors in all weathers. A passion, interest and desire to learn about conservation and working with livestock is essential.  You must be prepared to travel across Sussex on a day to day basis and to work as part of a rota, sometimes outside of core hours.

THE BENEFITS 

This role offers 24 days annual leave, access to an Employee Assistance Scheme and the opportunity to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a real difference. Role specific training will be provided but applicants should ensure they meet essential criteria outlined within the Personal Specification prior to application.  

Location: Wiston Estate, Findon, with Travel across Sussex required.
Actual Salary: £12 p/h
Contract Type: Temporary, Permanent or Temp to Perm considered
Hours: Flexible hours offered but must include some evening and weekend work on a rota

THE TRUST

Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast. By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places. Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.

THE ROLE

You will assist our Grazing Manager, to help ensure the Trust’s livestock are managed to high animal welfare standards. Under the instruction of the Grazing Manager, the role will involve day-to-day management, handling, shepherding and checking of Sussex Wildlife Trust livestock (Cattle, Sheep and Ponies). Primarily based at our premises on the Wiston Estate near Findon in West Sussex, there will be some travel across Sussex required.

THE PERSON

We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping wildlife in Sussex, and loves working with livestock. You will have experience of working with livestock primarily sheep and cattle, including day to day husbandry of livestock, seasonal tasks such as calving, lambing and sheep shearing. In addition you will have knowledge and some practical experience of estate management skills such as stock fencing or erecting temporary electric fencing, as well as being able to safely operate tractors and front loaders, for example to move feed and equipment around the farm. High standards of animal welfare will be very important to you, and you will need to be able to work outdoors in all weathers. You must have a full driving license, have access to your own vehicle and be able to travel to the Wiston Estate and on occasion across Sussex. You will need to be flexible when you work; including some evening and weekend working.

THE BENEFITS

You will be entitled to up to 33 days paid holiday pro rata, inclusive of 8 statutory bank holidays, access to an Employee Assistance Scheme and the opportunity to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a real difference.

How To Apply

Complete the application form below or send your CV to [email protected] to apply for this role. 

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this post. Suitable candidates will be invited for a taster day / informal interview.