Agricultural Apprentice (Bransdale)

Charity, Bransdale, North York Moors

Salary/Wage: We pay NMW age related for level 2, so higher than the apprenticeship rate, but will go up in April 2019.

Working Week: 37.5 hours a week

Added: March 7th, 2019 09:34

Closing Date: April 28th, 2019

The Employer

We’re a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything we do.

We look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.

We take care of coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs and one of the world's largest art collections. We restore them, protect them and open them up to everyone. For the Trust, conservation has always gone hand-in-hand with public access. We welcome everyone to explore:

  • 780 miles of coastline
  • Over 248,000 hectares of land
  • Over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.
  • Close to one million objects and works of art

Many of our properties are unable to fund their own permanent preservation. The cost of caring for them is high: our overall conservation project expenditure was £107.1 million in 2015/16. Most of our property is held inalienably, so it can never be sold or developed against our wishes without the consent of Parliament.

We rely on the support of our members, donors and volunteers, as well as income from grant-making bodies and commercial activities such as retail and food and beverage outlets, to look after the places in our care.

The Role

The successful Agricultural Apprentice will be working with our tenant farmer and rangers to support the day to day management of an upland farm at Bonfield Gyll in Bransdale, North York Moors.

Predominately working outdoors in all weathers supporting the farmer in the day to day running of the farm and livestock management (sheep and cows). A reasonable level of fitness will be required to perform duties.

In addition to this a minimum 1 day a week will be spent with the ranger team in Bransdale to support the management and introduction of hay meadows. As well as other day to day practical tasks.

Duties will include:

  • Practical duties i.e. Walling and fencing
  • Day to day management of livestock
  • Helping with livestock husbandry – gathering moor sheep, lambing, shearing.
  • Supporting the maintenance and servicing of equipment
  • Training will be provided to use basic farm machinery
  • Other tasks as required to support the farm operation
  • Learning to recognise and monitor key wildlife species
  • Learning to manage a range of habitat types.

Future prospects:

  • Work within the agricultural sector.
  • Supporting the management of National Trust agricultural land.
  • Ranger role within National Trust.

The Candidate

Qualifications Required:

  • No experience required as full training will be given
  • Previous experience in the sector would be beneficial
  • GCSE grade D or 3  (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • Candidate should be expected to attend college on a one day a week basis.

Personal Qualities:

  • Candidate must be enthusiastic
  • Candidate must be confident in dealing with people at all levels
  • Candidate must be punctual and reliable
  • The candidate must be dedicated to completing the apprenticeship qualifications
  • A hard working individual who has a proactive approach to their work, with good attention to detail
  • Must have a methodical approach to new tasks and problems
  • A helpful and friendly approach is essential.

To Apply

For further information or to apply please contact Michelle Bailey.


Telephone: 01522 895365