The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organization, 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 Slade House Farm, located at the heart of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.
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.
|Post Name||FARM WORKER/GROOM|
|Company Name||The Donkey Sanctuary|
|Employment Type||Full Time|
|Work Hours||8 Hours|
|Location||Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom EX10|
|Min Salary||GBP 21508|
|Max Salary||GBP 21508 Per Year|
|Qualification||High School Diploma|
Duties and Responsibilities
- 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 the 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
Able to demonstrate excellent team-working and communication skills, you will effectively interact with colleagues, Quality Time Volunteers, and work experience students.
Acting as an ambassador for the charity by acquiring a good knowledge of The Donkey sanctuary and the work of the charity worldwide, you will positively engage with visitors and members of the public by providing appropriate and accurate information to enhance their visitor experience whilst at The Donkey Sanctuary.
Demonstrable equine experience and/or experience in animal husbandry, together with excellent customer service and communication skills are essential, as is a full, valid driving license. Experience in using farm machinery, specifically tractor driving, is desirable.
If you feel you have the qualities, skills, and experience to fulfill 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 full-time, fixed-term contract starting as soon as possible until 30 June 2023, working 37.5 hours per week, 5 days over 7, including weekend work as part of a rota.
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.
Interview Questions for Farm Workers:
- Are you physically fit and able to work long hours in all kinds of weather?
- What are your greatest strengths as a farm worker?
- How would you rate your teamwork abilities?
- What is your experience with using and maintaining farm equipment?
- Provide an example of a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or client.
- If we asked your previous employers about you, what would they say?
- What would you do if you saw another employee violating company policies?
- How well do you speak English?
- Do you have a driver’s license?
- When you see a problem, what is your process for addressing it?
- We want to improve our environmental sustainability efforts. How would you go about doing that?
- Describe your experience with livestock.
- What makes you stand out from other candidates?
- Which crops have you worked with in the past?
- What do you think is the most important aspect of customer service?
- How often were your wages increased in your previous job?
- There is a new law that affects how you work. How do you handle it?