Graduate Agricultural Trainee

We are looking for a confident, numerate and analytical team player with first-class communication skills, a 'can-do' attitude plus the drive and determination to succeed. Most importantly you will have a thirst for knowledge, an open-minded approach and a willingness to listen and learn from others. A strong ability in prioritising activities and managing a busy and demanding role is crucial for this position.  You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree, preferably in an Agricultural or Environmental management based degree. Practical experience of conservation and agricultural work is essential.

Locations: East Coast, Clacton-on-Sea

Salary: Competitive

The St Osyth Priory Estate is comprised of a unique range of heritage buildings, environmental and ecological features. The buildings alone comprise 22 separate Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings and a number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments together with the registered park and garden. The parkland is set adjacent to the River Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest which is an extensive wetland habitat of national and international importance for a wide range of wildfowl, invertebrates and salt marsh plant communities. The parkland also includes a County Wildlife Site, a mosaic of historic ponds and avenues, woodland, reed bed and veteran trees combined with extensive wetland habitats which now provide complementary habitat for the birds and other wildlife using the estuarine marshes.

The St Osyth Priory Estate is of such significance as it has a social and cultural history dating back over 900 years with structures still in place from the monastic period and it is essential that it is preserved, restored and protected for the benefit of future generations.

Specific tasks/responsibilities will include:

  • After training, the successful candidate would totally take the reins of the land and with their drive and ambition they would eventually become self-sufficient and be the public face of the site.

  • Responsible for preventing environmental damage and harm to wildlife through careful management of the development and use of a region’s land resources.

  • Maintain current knowledge of pertinent legislation and land use regulations (E.g. SSSI’s SPA’s) as well as a good understanding of Natural England’s and ELS / HLS schemes.

  • Design and implement ways to improve the land with minimal environmental impact.

  • Design, implement and evaluate programs to sustain the land and its wildlife whilst fufilling the conditions of existing funding.

  • Harvest crops.

  • Livestock management

  • Restore and maintain existing woodland pockets, Choose and prepare areas for planting trees

  • Monitor seedlings for signs of disease or insect infestation

  • Erecting and maintaining fences.

  • Excavating and maintaining ditches. 

  • Laying, coppicing and trimming hedges

  • Maintenance of any farm or outbuildings

  • Operating tractors, combine harvesters and other farm vehicles to ensure crop establishment and harvesting 

  • The position would suit an enthusiastic hardworking person who is looking for a role within a positive, well organised team.

  • May be an element of arboriculturist work involved – cultivating and managing trees, hedgerows and shrubs.

  • Seeking hands on professional who takes pride in their work. Has a positive attitude and willingness to develop his or her skills on a private estate, which may become public for certain days of the year.

Other beneficial requirements:

  • Certification for the use and application of pesticides (PA1, PA6, PA2). 

  • BASIS certificates in Crop Protection (if managing crops, not essential but useful)

  • BASIS certificate in Conservation Management (not essential but useful) 

  • FACTS (not essential)

  • Chainsaw certificate

  • ATV safety certificate


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