Yorkshire's Specialist S.E.N.D College.

Vacancy For Social Farm Manager

Job Description – Social Farm Manager

Responsible to:  Principal

Responsible for: Land Team

Salary:  SP 30             Actual Salaries: £29,241.75

 Hours:  40/52 weeks Evening and weekend working will be required


Making sure that Camphill Wakefield meets the high standards of education, training and care within its own set of ideals and principles as well as meeting the expectations and guidelines of the placing authorities and inspectorates.

This job description is intended to provide guidance on the range of duties associated with the post. It is not intended to provide a full and exclusive definition of the post. It may be subject to modification and amendment from time to time and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties as required.

Proposed start date: N/ A

Closing date for applications: 04/08/2020

You can download the Job description as a PDF document here

You can apply for this position using the following methods:

By email to hr@pennine.ac.uk

Download application form as a Word document here
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By mail to:

Camphill Wakefield
Wood Lane, Chapelthorpe
Wakefield WF4 3JL

Or alternatively call us on 01924 255281

Please note you will be required to have a DBS check prior to starting work.

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Key responsibilities:

  1. To manage the day-to-day running of the farm, the aesthetics of the site and to organise appropriate work for students and staff as well as school parties and local volunteers as this work develops.
  2. To work with the College Principal, Land group and Charity Trustees and contribute to the strategic planning of farm, land development, capital development projects, site aesthetics, production, product distribution, environmental/ecological issues and education carried out at the site.
  3. To ensure that the farm and land is able to support other educational activities.
  4. To be responsible for the health and welfare of all stock on the farm, which includes livestock breeding, rearing and finishing and be responsible for the production of produce, forage and fodder for farm and educational use.
  5. To be aware of the production of vegetables and other food items, and to take an active part in providing produce from the land for the residential services, college kitchens and distribution through on site sales and local food networks.
  6. To be responsible for the organisation of adequate cover for the farm for any periods of absence.
  7. To be responsible for the contingency planning for the implications of weather and the impact it has on land, livestock and equipment.
  8. To be responsible for the maintenance and repair of farm buildings, machinery and equipment and for the procurement of seeds, resources and equipment for the farm, biodynamic land and sites.
  9. To be responsible for land management across the site in accordance with current organic standards while working towards Demeter Standards.
  10. To ensure that the Charity’s health and safety framework is followed during all activities undertaken as part of the farm operation which, includes:
  • Regular monitoring and review of potential hazards and risk assessments;
  • First aid procedure and equipment;
  • Fire precaution and equipment ;
  • Manual Handling assessments;
  • COSHH regulations and assessments.
  1. To communicate and negotiate with outside agencies, as appropriate and ensure that farm activities comply with government regulations and that all record keeping is complete and up-to-date, which includes:
  • Animal movement and licenses;
  • Veterinary records;
  • Notifiable diseases;
  • Births and deaths (including ear tagging).
  1. To work with the Senior Management Team to ensure that a seed to table ethos is fully implemented throughout the life of the college and integral to the student journey
  2. To hold termly meetings with catering, land and horticultural teams to ensure that produce is used where possible within the kitchens.

Teaching and Learning 

  1. To support and engage with students who access their education through land tutors and learning assistants as required
  2. To participate as a member of the land group and meet regularly to liaise with other staff, and, to contribute to the strategic planning review in respect of land development, production, product distribution, environmental issues etc.


 To promote the activities of the farm through participation in local events and with local consumer and producer groups as well as farmers’ markets and through open days, volunteer days etc.

  1. To support the development of active, positive links with the wider community, which includes educational visits and farm walks etc.
  2. To develop and maintain good working relationships with neighbours of the farm and to be responsible for the notifying of and liaising with third parties who may be affected by farm operations.
  3. To communicate progress and significant events through regular reports and meeting with the Principal.
  4. Develop new social, educational and business opportunities for the Farm and activities based on the land.
  5. To comply with the Charity’s Manual Handling Policy and Practice.

Staff Management and Supervision

The Social Farm Manager will be expected to be involved in the charity supervision and line management processes as directed and indicated on the current organisational structure


To liaise with all staff employed by the Charity, professional bodies, external consultants, and any outside bodies as and when required.



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