Residential Team Member
Location: GraceHarbour Care Farm, East Devon
Contract: vocational, part-time

The owners of GraceHarbour have recently registered the farm as a Care Farm. We are offering a new vocational part-time opportunity for a live-in person, or couple to commence September 2021 subject to the necessary references and experience.

GraceHarbour is an historic farm in rural East Devon with 47 acres of grazing, woodland and gardens on which we keep a small flock of sheep, two horses, two alpacas, chickens and ducks. We offer comfortable accommodation in a self contained single storey cottage on site with double glazing, oil fired CH and woodburner. The generous open plan living room has WIFI and Satellite TV connection & a well fitted kitchenette with fridge, dishwasher & washing machine. There is a tiled bathroom with shower and heated towel rail. All floors are solid oak and the property is finished to a very high standard, having been used as a successful holiday let for 4 years.  All costs pertaining to the accommodation, except electricity and telephone calls, will be met by the owners. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be directly involved in administration &/or facilitation of activities pertaining to the Care Farm working alongside vulnerable adults and those with special needs.  Appropriate experience and willingness to undertake training and necessary assessments is vital. All resident staff and key workers within GraceHarbour will be DBS checked. 

The position is offered as an Occupancy Agreement with accompanying work contract[s] laying out the exchange duties required. In exchange for the accommodation, we require part time help with animal care and husbandry, some occasional gardening, various errands (eg shopping, collecting feeds from local merchants, vet & market runs, vehicles for servicing and repairs when required). We would also require general practical field & yard related chores and basic building maintenance (gutters and drains, bins, mucking out animal housing when required, hay & bedding management).  The owners provide vehicles (subject to clean driving licenses and experience) & tools for all the above. These duties commonly equate to approximately 3 full person days per week on average but are spread out daily as necessary.  Most chores on the farm are seasonally driven (eg lambing in Spring/ horses stabled in winter/poultry in lockdown) so there is an increase in activity through the winter months which should be born in mind by applicants. Inclusion to the GraceHarbour team will be on a voluntary basis to begin with, as we are in the early stages of developing the Care Farm and exploring funding streams. Additional chores over and above those covering the Occupancy Agreement will generate additional income for the successful person. 

The position would suit someone with an affinity toward rural life and the ability to think practically, applying a quiet and logical common sense approach to their day to day duties. We welcome applications from single people and couples, but we are not able to accept children. The workload could be shared if desired. A clean driving licence and hands on experience with sheep and horses is preferred. As the position is part time, there would be an opportunity for the person to pursue their own work activities and there are a number of outbuildings which can be utilised as workshops with by agreement with the owners. There is also the opportunity for the successful applicant to keep a horse here, or livestock [no cattle] subject to agreement with the owners.

Two weeks’ holiday per annum plus flexible days off to be arranged. As a small but working farm we all work closely as a team to maintain 24/7 cover for livestock & home security and still get out and about!

For further information please see Job Pack below.

To apply: Please send an introduction letter and full CV, along with 2 referees to: di@graceharbour.co.uk 
Closing date: 31st July 2021 (we reserve the right to extend this date if a suitable applicant has not been appointed by then).