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The Friendship Cafe

Contact Information:
The Friendship Cafe
Chequersbridge Centre
Painswick Rd

Tel: 01452 - 308127

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Farm & Community Worker - St James City Farm


Available hours:  2 days per week, subject to funding, rota and availability. This may include occasional working on weekends & bank holidays. A day is between 9.15 – 4pm during winter time and until 5pm (during the British Summer Time). Average 7 hours per day.

We are looking for someone to work Mondays & Tuesdays, but there is possibility of overtime to cover staff absence, leave, etc.

Length of Contract:  6-8 months, to cover long term sick leave. There is a possibility of extension / remaining a bank staff member afterwards.

Start date: As soon as possible (subject to satisfactory references and dbs clearance)

Reports To:  Coordinator

Supervisory: Responsible for Volunteers; Work Placements; Visitors


The primary purpose is to supervise volunteers to deliver the care and wellbeing of animals, and welcome visitors and groups.

The worker will be an integral part of the Friendship Café charity and as such will be working to develop the potential of the facility to provide learning, training and volunteering opportunities and experiences for the visitors and volunteers.


1. Welfare of Animals and livestock

a) Compliance with legal requirement for health and wellbeing aspects of animals farming, including registration, documentation and movement requirements / animals in transit.
b) Administration of basic care, of livestock and poultry.
c) Administer birth notification to breed societies and DEFRA as required.
d) Ordering and maintaining supplies of feedstuffs, hay and bedding.

2. Maintenance and Animal Housing

a) To be responsible for security of farm buildings, yard and compounds.
b) Maintenance of fencing, paddocks, grazing areas and animal housing. To assist with care and maintenance of farm buildings.

3. Education, Community Use and Visitor Management

a) To, promote and manage farm visit educational programmes for school and community groups.
b) To maintain and update Risk Assessments.
c) To plan visits with teachers and group leaders to ensure appropriate visit content and health and safety requirements are met.
d) To deliver a programme of promotional activities and special events at the farm(s), liaising with support staff, volunteers and the community. This role requires the ability to help people from different backgrounds and complex issues at times.
e) Preparation of livestock, equipment and volunteers for participation in external promotional events.
f) Responding to requests for information on livestock and animal management.

4. General

a) To supervise volunteers and support staff (including emergency call out) to ensure animal care during fellow Workers absence and leave.
b) To support the farm development, bearing in mind ethical and religious cultural considerations of The Friendship Cafe.
c) In conjunction with other staff, use vehicles, machinery and tools, ensure in good, clean, safe condition. Any defects or loss or requirement to be brought to the attention of the nominated Line Manager.
d) In general the post holder will work closely with other members of the team in furtherance of the activities of the farm, including participation in staff meetings, contributing ideas and initiatives for the farm’s long-term development.
e) Supervise  volunteers to assist with animal welfare and visitor management.
f) Occasional week end working may be required. Apart from Christmas and Boxing Day, we remain open on bank holidays.
g) Willingness to undertake further training where identified by Line Manager.



1.1 Experience in the care, welfare and comfort of all livestock including the skills to carry out routing maintenance of all animal homes, paddocks and fencing, and to organise regular orders of feed and bedding. To organise feeding and care of animals in absence or emergency.

1.2 To understand animal needs and welfare standards.

1.3 An ability to organise and supervise volunteers with widelyvaried abilities, to assist with day-to-day working at the farm.

1.4  An understanding of equality and customer care issues.

1.5  Has flexibility, patience and enthusiasm to provide opportunities for local communities in line with the Friendship Café ethos.


2.1 An ability to assist with farm visitors and deal with their enquiries, and to assist with school parties and other group visits.

2.2 The ability to communicate effectively, sensitivelyand politely with volunteers, visitors and colleagues and to engage with community groups.‘people skills’ are equally important to this role as animal care.

2.3 To liaise with and report regularly to the Line Manager.


3.1 Practical experience of farming stockholding / animal husbandry.
3.2 a National Certificate in Agriculture or similar is preferred but not essential
3.3 Full, clean driving licence and trailer endorsement and livestock transport experience is essential.
3.4 Awareness of Health and Safety requirements in a public amenity and farming environment.
3.5 Knowledge of COSHH regulations.
3.6 To hold a First Aid at Work certificate and awareness of Safeguarding (or be willing to undertake training).
3.7 Experience of supervising children and volunteers.
3.8 Basic IT skills (Word processing, e-mails, internet).
3.9 CEVAS ( Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) Diploma desirable.

An enhanced criminal record and reference checks will be carried out for this role.

Please contact Imran for an Application Form, by clicking on Apply Now.

Salary: £9- £11.50 gross p/hour dependant on experience

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