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Farm Worker/Groom (1000)

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  • Salary:
    £11,885 per annum
  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Part Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

We are seeking a person with a passion for Donkeys to join our busy team at Axnoller Farm, near Beaminster, Dorset. Possessing substantial equine and animal husbandry experience, you will provide care and rehabilitation for the resident donkeys, mules and hinnies, and support the Farm Manager in maintaining a safe working environment.

Main duties and responsibilities within this varied and rewarding role will include –

  • Providing care by routine checking, feeding, medicating, grooming, weighing, worming and training the resident donkeys, mules, ponies and hinnies and assisting the vet, farrier and dentist as required
  • Providing feedback on a daily basis to the Farm Manager on matters such as donkey health, feeding regimes and land management, and liaising with other staff to facilitate smooth running of the farm
  • Operating machinery, and/or manually, mucking out, feeding and bedding up of barns and stables and distributing hay, haylage and bagged feedstuffs
  • Maintaining the farm by sweeping, pressure washing, cleaning, field sweeping, haymaking, trimming, compost management, willow management and dirty water control
  • Maintaining up to date manual records for the donkeys and farming practices
  • Supporting work experience students and interacting with visitors, Quality Time Volunteers and other Donkey Sanctuary departments in a friendly and positive manner.

Demonstrable equine experience and/or experience of animal husbandry, together with excellent customer service and communication skills is essential, as is a full, valid driving licence. Experience of using farm machinery, specifically tractor driving, is desirable.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to be part of the evolving program of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. This is a part-time, permanent contract, working 22.5 hours per week, Monday - Wednesday, with weekend work as part of a rota.

Closing date for completed applications: Thursday 26 May 2022.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a Disability Confident Employer.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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Axnoller Farm
Axnoller Farm, East Axnoller Farm, Beaminster, Dorset, United Kingdom, DT8 3SH
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