Farm Support Officer

Farm Support Officer
Location: East Clayton Farm, West Sussex
Salary: Voluntary with expenses
Hours: 37 hours per week (can be worked flexible hours including evening and weekends).
Contract: Permanent
Probationary period: 4 weeks

East Clayton Farm, part of the Lorica Trust, is a small, dynamic UK registered Charity, working to improve the employability of disadvantaged 14-25 year olds through land based learning and engagement.  We have over ten years of experience developing and implementing land based programmes to improve the outlook of vulnerable people.

In 2005 Lorica was successful in securing a 100-year lease at East Clayton Farm (ECF) owned by the National Trust. This opportunity has allowed us to create a vibrant community space offering independent living accommodation for 8 highly dependent young people and residential accommodation for up to four beneficiaries wishing to engage more fully with regular farming and rural engagement. 

The farm supports specific initiatives that will use land based learning to help disadvantaged young people build confidence, skills and contribute to their communities. Our five-year strategy is to address the following challenges:

  • Those who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and those at risk of becoming so.
  • The reported growing number of 16-25 year olds who are currently unemployed due to the recent economic downturn.
  • The lack of available opportunities for young people who do not suit the ‘traditional’ academic system and are better suited to vocational learning.
  • A lack of confidence and self-worth due to educational or family background leading to community disengagement.

Over the next five years we will be delivering key land based programmes to achieve our strategy:

  • Training:  Delivering high quality training in areas such as agriculture, equine care, horticulture and environmental conservation. This will include accredited qualifications through a newly developed ECF Learning and Development Centre.
  • Volunteering:  Training and motivating young people to engage in positive volunteering at the Farm, to improve rural green space, to better engage with local communities and to develop key employment skills.
  • Skills foundation and enrichment:  Using outdoor learning to expand horizons and build independence through achievement and teamwork.
  • Social enterprises:  Building local employment opportunities focussed on farming and grounds maintenance.

The Farm Support Officer will be part of the ECF team responsible for the day to day running of the farm, seeking to make use of the land and premises for the enhancement of the local community. Integrity and honesty should be the hall-mark of your work accompanied by customer-focused approach that seeks to enhance the life opportunities of others.

Specific duties and responsibilities of the role:

  • Supporting the delivery, management & development of ECF Donkey Walking Project
  • Recruitment of ECF volunteers and organisation of monthly rota
  • Attendance at Care Farm events and conferences.
  • Management of ECF social media outlets – Facebook, Website, Twitter and Instagram
  • Supporting the delivery of CSR opportunities
  • Supporting practical activities as and when required to support the farm development

To apply: Please send a CV via email to: jean.rolfe@lorica.org.uk
Closing date: 31st March 2019.