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Head Shepherd/Stockperson to manage a farm in <->Shetland<->. Hill farming experience desirable.

Farm TypeSheep, Beef

This is an opportunity for an experienced shepherd/stockman, preferably with hill farm experience.  The job is to run a farm on one of the northern isles of Shetland which currently comprises about 600 acres together with a substantial share in the common grazings.  This is a "hands on" job where the successful candidate will be expected to take on full responsibiity for all livestock (currently sheep with some beef cattle) as well as assisting in the development of the farm.  The successful candidate will need to demonstrate good stockmanship skills and an ability not only to operate farm machinery but also to carry out basic maintenance.  Working dogs essential.

The owners wish to develop and expand the farm and will be converting to organic status.  The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a part of the long term development of the farm.  This is a job for someone with farming experience who has a thirst for a new challenge and is looking for a long term career with excellent future prospects including possible profit share/partnership.

Job LengthPermanent
DatesStart: 01/12/2017, Finish: Not Specified
Driving License Required?Full UK Driving Licence
HoursFull time
Employment TypeLambing, Sheep, Beef
Accommodation Available?Yes
Accommodation TypeHouse/Flat
Accommodation PriceNone
Other Accommodation Information

A choice of attractive accommodation is available depending on the needs of the applicant.  There is a two bedroom croft house and a three bedroom croft house, both with stunning views and both near the sheep shed and 1.5 miles away from the primary school and shop.  The accommodation can, if necessary, be provided fully furnished and equipped. Broadband is available.

Distance from shops and amenities1.5 miles
Smokers Accepted?Yes
Other Information

Please make sure you have given correct contact details for your referees so we can speak to them to check your experience.  

If of interest, there are full or part time employment opportunities for an applicant's partner both on the farm and/or in the other businesses run by the employer on the island, currently a guest house, holiday lets, shop and cafe.  

The island is a marvellous place to bring up a family.  It has good facilities and communication links.  

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