Farm and Site Manager Job Vacancy

Farm and Site Manager Job

Farm and Site Manager Job Vacancy

Job Title: Farm and Site Manager

Salary: up to £25,000 per annum depending on experience

Contract: Permanent, full time 45 hours per week (varies seasonally)

Holidays: 28 days inclusive of bank holidays

The Role

The site consists of 45 acres of rural and wooded Chilterns landscape within AONB with more than 30 re-erected vernacular buildings (maintained by the Museum Buildings Manager).  The acreage includes period gardens, pasture, 4 acres of arable, with laid hedges, 4 ponds and traditional apple and cherry orchards. All these have been created on site over the last 40 years.

Various rare breed animals including:  a flock of Oxford Down Sheep, 2 goats, 3 cows and a few hens, are owned by the Museum and are cared for year round by the Farm team.  There are also 3 shire horses on site, but not owned by the Museum.  The Farm/Site Team consists of up to 25 volunteers and one full time paid Heritage Lottery funded Farming trainee.

The Museum site is visited by up to 54,000 visitors per annum (including 20,000 school children between mid- February and December).

The job is full time, 45 hours a week (excluding a 1 hour unpaid lunch break), 6 days out every 7, although this will vary seasonally. Your holiday entitlement is 28 days including Bank Holidays. You will be automatically enrolled into a pension scheme.



  1. Care and management of the livestock and compliance with DEFRA regulations.
  2. Supervision and training of the full time farm trainee until January 2019.
  3. Training and supervising farm & site volunteers.
  4. Supervision of gardening volunteers and forge volunteers.
  5. Care and maintenance of traditional farm machinery displayed in the farmyard and used around site.
  6. Care and maintenance of modern farm machinery used around site.
  7. Presentation and interpretation of 19th Victorian farmyard and traditional farming practices around the site
  8. Working with the Learning Team as required in terms of development and delivery of learning programmes based on traditional farming and landscapes.
  9. Compliance with all current legislation relating to farming practices as well as Museum policies (inter alia risk assessments, COSHH, method statements)


  1. Maintaining and presenting the site to visitors to the highest possible standards
  2. Care and maintenance of the car park, playground, parkland, farmland, open spaces, hedges, fencing, roads and woodland
  3. Managing and co-ordination with corporate volunteer groups and conservation groups
  4. Managing external contractors
  5. Ensuring all site Health and Safety procedures are implemented and observed
  6. Administration of the site and farm annual budget, maximising income where possible. Assisting with grant applications when required.
  7. Working in cooperation with the Buildings Team/ Manager on joint projects related to buildings and maintenance as required

Front of House

  1. Carrying out other duties as required by the Museum Director such as Day / Weekend and Bank Holiday Duty Staff, first aid incidents, locking and unlocking buildings on a daily basis, and assisting with the visitor experience. Key holding and alarm call outs will be part of your duties for which an additional allowance is paid.
  2. Supporting Front of House and Events teams in the set up, delivery and clearing up of Museum special events for visitors
  3. Attending Museum meetings as required by the Museum Director

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications

    • Clean Full driving licence
    • Use of a car to get to the Museum
    • 5 years relevant experience


    • Chainsaw qualification,
    • Brushcutting qualification
    • Knapsack sprayer qualification
    • Tractor Driving (and towing)
    • Lantra Awards Level 2 Certificate in Land-based Activities, Diploma(s) in Work-based Agriculture  & Animal,
    • Diploma in Animal Care
    • Diploma in Agriculture
    • City & Guilds National Certificate and Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture,
    • First Aid at work – current certificate

About you

  • Practical experience of farming /landscape management
  • Passion and commitment to heritage, farming and landscapes
  • Respect and understanding for volunteer contributions to heritage
  • Ability to manage a range of teams, colleagues and contractors
  • Experience of delivering work based training
  • Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
  • Commitment to achieving high standards
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Sense of humour

How to Apply

Please email applications to Verena Clark on using the Museum Application Form

Deadline for applications: 10th August 2017

Interviews:  TBC

Start date: ASAP