Campsite / Farm Hand 2019

Hours:  22.5 hrs (3 days) a week

6 month fixed term contract: TBC but suggested May - October 2019 (26 weeks)
Working days: TBC or negotiated with the successful applicant - both weekend and weekday work

Salary: Based on experience, but above living wage

Application deadline: Wednesday 10th April 2019 at midnight

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We are looking to recruit an ambitious, self-motivated and practical farm or estate hand to work beside us at Fforest Fields Caravan & Camping Site and across our five hundred acre hill farm in the beautiful mid Wales countryside.  

The work will be varied.  It will include general maintenance tasks around the campsite, glamping yurts and holiday cottage; but will focus on helping us manage the estate and all that entails - including our fields, woodland, marshland, farm buildings, machinery and resources.

There is a lot to be done and you will be a hands on person, who is always ready to take on a new challenge. Alongside this you will also be someone who understands the importance of everyday tasks and hard graft. You need to have a sense of humour, as well as an ability to work well with people and alone.  An interest in responsible farming techniques, which aim to create a balance between our use of the land and the complex natural ecosystem it also supports is also hugely beneficial.

Proven experience is essential, but we are open-minded as to how much experience or from which field our successful applicant comes from.

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About Us

Fforest Fields is a multi-award winning campsite based in the heart of Wales.  We welcome thousands of visitors every year to this patch of grass, to camp, stay in our yurts or in our holiday cottage.  Our visitors love to explore our farm tracks, cook over campfires, jump in our lake and generally escape their day to day.

Our estate includes areas of marshland, woodland and large open fields.  There are dozens of tracks for our visitors to walk on and areas on the farm to visit.  They love the waterfall, woodlands and the look out point on the top farm track which commands fantastic views of Radnorshire.

We are a family business, and have been living on and working this land for three generations with the support of a talented team.  Our focus for the last few years has been to develop the campsite and we love where it is and what it provides, we feel that the support of a capable estate hand will be a huge advantage for us.

About the Role

Every day will be different.  Sometimes you will have project work such as topping fields, mowing or carrying out a task on the campsite but often they will be one off or repetitive tasks such as collecting wood, maintaining the shower block, fixing problems.

There is no exhaustive list, but you will be part of a small team carrying out the following types of tasks.

  • Grass cutting, including the main campsite, sports field, verges, lakes, holiday cottage and other areas as needed

  • To help maintain the paths and trails on the farm

  • To help maintain the yurts, cottages and facilities block at the campsite, fixing problems and carrying out handyman tasks as requested

  • Maintain woodland areas, with the assistance of outside contractors

  • Clear debris from around the site and farm, strim nettles and generally keep an eye out for things that are out of place

  • Cleaning and maintaining signs

  • Repainting walls and woodwork as requested

  • Undertake general electrical and plumbing duties as required with prior authorisation of the Grounds Manager.  Work with contractors with specialised training as required.
    Undertake general carpentry /  joinery duties as required.

  • Help maintain fields, hedgerows, fencing and farm buildings

  • Advise on the repair or replacement of faulty equipment

  • General mechanical and servicing duties on mowers, and farm vehicles and calling for external support where necessary

About You

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of general maintenance tasks, carpentry/joinery/basic plumbing skills and an understanding of estate, farm or grounds management and what that entails.

  • Ability to demonstrate organisational skills and be able to act on own initiative

  • An understanding, or interest in responsible farming techniques, which aim to create a balance between the use of the land and the complex natural ecosystem it also supports

  • Practical engineering aptitude and an ability to open the bonnet of a vehicle and diagnose at least basic mechanical problems

  • Experience with tractors and other farm machinery

  • Experience using hand tools, beneficial although training can be provided

  • Chainsaw licence and additional qualifications hugely beneficial, but some training can be provided.

  • Full UK driving licence

Personal

  • Sympathetic to the ethos of our business as well as the practical requirements of running a campsite and farm, which will demand you being able to work to tight deadlines and under sometimes demanding conditions

  • You need to be deeply trustworthy, personable and find it easy to communicate confidently with the family, the team and our visitors.

  • You need to want to finish tasks and take naturally pride in the work you do

  • We want you to be kind and have a good sense of humour, working in the outdoors is often tough and we need to work well together

  • You are a problem solver and able to self-motivate, but be honest to work to the best of your ability and acknowledge you own limitations and be ready to ask for help

  • Ability to attend work punctually, reliably and apply flexibility and responsiveness

Application Process

If this sounds like it would suit you then please send your CV + cover letter explaining why you think you’d enjoy working here to jessie@fforestfields.co.uk

Please get in touch if you have any questions prior to submitting your CV.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 10th April 2019 at midnight

Interviews will be held week commencing 15th April 2019 with the contract commencing early May 2019 but start date TBC and negotiable for the right candidate.

Only those being called to interview will be contacted.