Staff Vacancies – Livestock Apprentice

Surrey Docks Farm is a working city farm and education charity that enables the whole community to learn about farming, food production and the natural environment.
We deliver a range of community programmes targeted to engage those who would benefit most and are supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers who attend on a weekly basis.
We are free to visit and open seven days a week, enabling people to see the Farm in action and purchase a range of fruit and vegetables, as well as eggs and meat grown or reared on site.

Livestock Apprentice Vacancy

We’re recruiting for a new Livestock Apprentice to support the Livestock Manager to maintain the high animal welfare standards at Surrey Docks Farm; to assist with income generation and volunteer engagement; and to assist with delivery of the Mobile Farm outreach project.

The Livestock Apprentice will be supported to gain a Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Animal Care & Welfare with regular visits from a KEITS training provider.

This is a full time post for 35 hours (Sunday-Thursday) paid London Living Wage.


What we’re looking for

We are keen to hear from applicants who have excellent people skills; enjoy working in a diverse team; thrive in a busy, varied environment and want to take on new challenges and responsibilities. We are looking for applicants who are interested in using this apprenticeship to gain new skills and knowledge to progress in an agricultural or city farm career.


What we can offer you

  • A friendly, creative and supportive team
  • A unique work environment, with livestock and gardens right next to the river Thames
  • London Living Wage salary and pension
  • External training in order to gain a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care & Welfare
  • Support and work experience opportunities to develop a career in this industry, through our excellent links to the wider farming community


How to apply

Please follow the below steps carefully to apply for this post.

1. Please download and read the below Job Description and Person Specification.

2. Please email with your CV (max two A4 pages) and Cover Letter (max two A4 pages) and ensure you mark your email title: “Livestock Apprentice Application”.
3. We will score all applicants against the criteria listed in the person specification. Please ensure you refer to this carefully and tailor your CV and cover letter to demonstrate how you meet each point. We’re also keen to know what you would want to do after you’ve completed the Apprenticeship and how this role would help you progress.
4. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 18th February. 
5. We will contact the candidates who have made it through to interview on Wednesday 21st February. We are anticipating interviews will be held on Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 29th February or Friday 1st March.
6. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by Friday 23rd February, unfortunately we are unable to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
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