Livestock Engagement Officer

St Werburghs, City of Bristol
£16,781 (SCP 14) per annum, pro rata, with 6mth increases up to £17,772 (SCP 17) subject to targets
08 Feb 2017
01 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

St Werburghs City Farm is an inner-city oasis. Situated in the Bristol ward of Ashley next to 4 other wards which fall within the 10% most disadvantaged in the UK, the Farm has developed to meet local needs. Our vision is to inspire and educate happy, healthy communities through  green spaces, local food and each other. Using a 2 acre small holding, a 1 acre community garden, a 2.5 conservation site and 13 acres of community allotments, our mission is to offer targeted community services that equip people with knowledge, skills and confidence, and provide green sites accessible to all. Our aims are to: increase people's knowledge of where food comes from and access to locally produced food; enhance people's health and wellbeing through greater access to green spaces; and improve the capacity, confidence and cohesion of our community. With more than 3,500 service users, 15,000 people enjoying our events/facilities and more than 40,000 local visitors passing through the gates each year, we are a vital community resource, freely accessible to all.

Job Description

1.      Overall purpose of job

The Farm Engagement Officer will play an important role is supporting the Estates and Livestock Manager  in the day-to-day operation of the Farm and care of the livestock, and help to increase our ability to engage people in planned volunteer and engagement activities. Key responsibilities include:

·         In consultation with the Estates and Livestock Manager, undertake annual/monthly/weekly animal husbandry tasks, including taking responsibility for their health, welfare, nutrition and supporting breeding programmes

·         Oversee the Farm on weekends (and weekdays), including: opening and closing activities; morning/afternoon animal care routines; livestock demonstrations/activities; undertaking routine and reactive maintenance; completing cleaning duties etc

·         Engage and support volunteers (targeting disadvantaged adults) in animal husbandry and maintenance tasks, and nature and craft activities including planning activities, developing risk assessments, coordinating tasks to suit individuals, tidying up at the end of the session and undertaking monitoring


This post is part funded by the Big Lottery fund, through the Enclude Project which seeks to increase the wellbeing and community engagement of local adults, experiencing disadvantage.   

This is an Accelerated Employment Opportunity which acknowledges that the successful candidate may not have excessive experience but is willing to be trained. The starting salary is £16,781 (SCP 14) per annum, pro rata, with 6 monthly incremental increases up to £17,772 (SCP 17) subject to meeting set targets. Once at Officer level, the post is positioned at SCP 18 - 22.

2.        Key Responsibilities - Care of Livestock

2.1.       In consultation with the Estates and Livestock Manager, undertake annual/monthly/weekly animal husbandry tasks, including taking responsibility for their health, welfare, nutrition and supporting breeding programme following recognised standards, national regulations and best practice

2.2.       Undertake basic animal husbandry tasks (e.g. feeding, opening & closing of accommodation, cleaning) and to undertake regular inspections of the animals to ensure that they are all fit and healthy, have access to clean water at all times and are feed when stated

2.3.       Ensure isolation of sick animals and to notify the Estates and Livestock Manager immediately


3.        Key Responsibilities - Oversee the Farm on Weekends (and certain weekdays)

3.1.       Ensure site security, opening and closing premises as required, setting alarms etc

3.2.       Ensure that Farm site is kept clean, safe and hygienic (e.g. empty bins, full up hand towels, fill up hand washing soap and remove other little from site daily)

3.3.       Support building hire services by welcoming visitors, seeking required payments, returning Boiling Wells deposits and other necessary requests such as assisting to set up furniture

3.4.       Respond to emergency situations (e.g. first aid incidents, facilities breakdowns)

3.5.       Ensure the safety of yourself, and others in accordance with the Farm's risk assessments and health and safety policies and to maintain Health and Safety records

3.6.       Ensure all administration is completed (e.g. report any farm related incidents in the Farm diary, leave Accident forms on the Director’s desk, cash up daily income etc)

3.7.       Assist in the planning and delivery of educational activities for weekend visitors

3.8.       Act as a source of information to visitors on site

3.9.       Support and direct assistant staff, volunteers and students as and when required


4.        Key Responsibilities - Volunteer Engagement

4.1.       Take a lead role in the delivery and development of activities targeting disadvantaged adults:

·        Weekly Animal Care sessions on Tuesday's and Wednesday's from 9 to 12.00

·        Weekly Maintenance sessions on Tuesday's from 1 to 4pm

4.2.       Support the Volunteer Officer in the delivery of Nature and Craft sessions at Boiling Wells each Wednesday  from 12 - 4pm

4.3.       Undertake monitoring of individuals and opportunities and seek feedback from participants using participative, fun and stimulating consultative techniques

4.4.       Take responsibility for Health and Safety issues relating to project activities as appropriate including the preparation of activity site checks, risk assessments and safe tool use

4.5.       Promote the project in order to maximise participation of target beneficiaries and maintain the profile of the project, in line with the Big Lottery Fund guidelines

4.6.       Support Managers in the development of information for project plans/annual reports as required


5.      Additional responsibilities 

5.1.       Promote the aims and objectives of the Farm and present a positive image of the Farm through good public relations, communication with visitors, service users and the local community etc.

5.2.       Comply at all times with the Farm’s policies, i.e. Health and Safety, Equal opportunities, Environmental, Confidentiality, Child and Young person’s protection policy etc

5.3.       Ensure activities adhere to the Industry Code of Practice, Environmental Health recommendations, Defra regulations and other legislation as appropriate to city farms

5.4.       Attend team, and other staff meetings as required

5.5.       Any other duties commensurate with the post