CV reference number: 45144
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Australian/British, age 40, experienced tractor and combine operator, positive attitude and quality focused worker, looking for harvest work 2019 in UK. 

Qualifications and Experience
Relevant qualificationsMSc
Other qualifications

Master of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Applied Science, Diploma of Organic Farming

Equipment experienceTractor, Combine, Telehandler/fork lift, Ploughing
Other equipment experience

Harvest hand 2016 Lockerley Estate, Wiltshire, mainly corn carting with JD 6215 tractor, also rolling and operated grain drier/grain store. Experience operating Case combines for a contractor for around two months on several farms in south-eastern Australia in 2009, included one older machine with a 30-foot front and a new machine with GPS and a 40-foot front. Harvesting wheat, chick peas and flax seed. Three weeks experience operating a very old JD combine harvesting irrigated wheat, also in SE Australia in 2009, and some discing. Driving JCB Fastrac corn cart tractors and Claas telehandler over one harvest in Leicestershire in 2002. Operated Matbro telehandler daily during work at sheep and beef farm in Scotland for 3.5 months in 2001, mainly feeding and bedding. Experienced operating range of other tractors on various farm jobs, mainly feeding livestock and limited cultivation work. Able to maintain/service machinery but not mechanic. Also experienced using motorbikes and quad bikes.

Livestock experienceDairy, Beef, Pig, Sheep
Other livestock experience

Experience with sheep and beef cattle includes 3.5 months autumn work on 500 acres near Edinburgh in 2001, mainly feeding and bedding for cattle, vaccinating calves etc. Sheep work was mainly foot trimming, dagging, mustering with quad bikes and dogs. Have also helped out on family and friends sheep properties in Australia; mustering, drenching and other yard work, also with quad bikes and dogs. Spent one week helping on a small dairy in Cambridgeshire in 2001. Also worked with pigs, sheep and cattle on mixed Biodynamic farm in Sussex for six weeks in in 2016.

Type of farming wantedMainly Arable
Driving LicenseFull Car Licence
Personal information
SexMale
Age40
NationalityBritish/Australian dual national
First languageEnglish
Other languagesnone
Pen picture

5'11'', 75 kg

Relevant health problems

No

Other Information

I'm a keen hard worker with a positive attitude and focused on doing jobs well. I'm looking for temporary harvest work. I recently finished a Masters in Ag Science and am looking for long-term agronomy work but keen to earn some money harvesting for a couple of months or more.

Marital status

Single

Where are you currently living?Australian Capital Territory
Do you have the right to work in the UK?Yes
Farming background

I didn't grow up on a farm but on a 5 acre bush property north-west of Sydney, Australia. As a school student I worked in wholesale plant nurseries and then as a landscaper for a tree company/nursery. During university I worked for one year on a stone fruit, avocado and macadamia orchard. This was mainly picking (including using three-wheeled cherry-picker), pruning, de-suckering and a bit of packing shed work, just myself and the farmer on 50 acres. After graduating in 2000 I started working as a wildlife ecologist, which is what I have predominantly done since, with the exception of several farm jobs and study in between. I travelled to the UK in 2001 and worked on a sheep and beef cattle property near Edinburgh for 3.5 months (see above) and on a grain harvest in the Midlands for a couple of months corn carting in 2002. I have some family and friends who grow wool and lamb in south-eastern Australia on 750 acre and 2,500 acre properties and have spent a few weeks working with them, mainly doing sheep mustering and yard work. I also worked briefly mustering cattle on a 2.4 million acre station in northern Australia. In 2009 I worked for a harvesting contractor for around two months in Queensland and NSW, Australia, operating combines harvesting chick peas, wheat and flax seed. In between jobs for the contractor I worked for three weeks on a mixed farm in SE Queensland operating a very old JD combine harvesting irrigated wheat. I spent 6 months in 2015 doing an internship on a 400 acre organic farm owned by TAFE NSW (technical college) which has sheep, free range pigs, free range chickens, bees, olives, mushrooms, forestry and some cereal crops, all of which I was involved with while I was there. I am currently completing my final project to attain my Diploma in Organic Farming. In 2015 I had a stall at the local farmer's market selling organic vegetable seedlings that I'd grown in my backyard. I also voluntarily managed a small rooftop organic vegetable garden for the Australian National University's organic food co-op in Canberra, Australia, where the produce is used in the co-op cafe. In other work, I have spent around half of the last 16 years as a field ecologist, mainly conducting wildlife surveys in different parts of eastern Australia. I have also worked as a consultant ecologist, bush regenerator, wildlife tour guide and for local and Commonwealth government in the environmental management field. In 2016 I volunteered on a mixed Biodynamic farm in Sussex, mainly to learn more about B-D methods of grain growing and animal husbandry. Currently working on a market garden and 1100-tree mixed orchard near Canberra, Australia, and doing some fruit tree pruning work on the side. Recently completed Master of Science in Agriculture.

Hobbies

Quite a keen vegetable gardener; enjoy hiking and camping; bike riding; interested in reading history; follow the Southern Hemisphere rugby and Internationals; landscaping projects around the house.

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AvailabilityStart: 19/07/2019, Finish: Not Specified
Type of jobTemporary
Preferred regionAnywhere
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