Greatwood Job Vacancies

Rider / Groom

Full Time - 5.5 days per week
Type: Permanent
Salary: Depending on experience

A new and exciting opportunity has become available for a motivated and hardworking person to join the riding team here at Greatwood in beautiful Marlborough.

The successful candidate will be joining a great team and be working in a professional, top former racehorse yard, you will have the chance to make some new friends and also be challenged to meet your own personal career goals.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Caring for all the horses and animals at Greatwood.
  • Keeping the stables, stable yard and equipment clean and tidy.
  • Ensuring that the yard is a safe clean area for teachers and students.
  • Working closely within the equestrian team retraining the former racehorses in preparation for rehoming.
  • Liaising with potential carers and the requirements associated with rehoming a Greatwood horse.

This role is extremely varied and can be hard work with long hours, including weekends. The Rider/Groom should:

  • have excellent horse management and care skills being able to handle horses quietly, confidently, kindly, competently and respond appropriately to emergencies.
  • be organised and able to behave in a professional manner.
  • be able to work within a team.
  • be articulate with good communication skills in order to represent Greatwood appropriately.
  • be physically fit, happy to work hard and reliable.
  • be flexible and able to respond to rapidly changing priorities.

Please contact Celia Matthes on 01672 514 535 or email info@greatwoodcharity.org

Yard and Maintenance Person

You will be responsible for the general good maintenance of farm buildings and fields, to include fencing, painting, repairing, gardening. Maintenance of machinery.

Duties include:

Stables:

  • Preparing stables for use.
  • Winter help for mucking out. Using quad bike, yard sweeper and tractor.
  • Spring clean of stables after winter use.
  • Repairing if required.
  • Cleaning out water drinkers.
  • Refix drinkers and lagging if required.
  • Changing light bulbs.

Horses:

  • Keeping feeding equipment and buckets clean.
  • Filling water buckets and giving foliage.
  • Occasional help with leading out and holding horses (under supervision to begin with.)

General Maintenance Of Farm:

  • Repairing and painting stables and farm buildings.
  • Fencing.
  • To be in charge of all machinery, keeping in good working order, ensuring service records are kept up to date.
  • Keep generator and pump in good working order.
  • To keep clean and tidy tool shed.
  • Repair equipment as needed.
  • Helping with new building projects.

Environment care:

  • Light maintenance including: Sweeping and hosing down the yard to keep it clean, washing, painting fences and walls.
  • Field maintenance including: seeking and digging out ragwort, cleaning out water troughs, picking up dung. Hanging gates etc.
  • Clearing drains and guttering.
  • Strimming, mowing, gardening.
  • Care of small animals and housing.

Assisting visitors:

  • Making sure Farm is tidy when visitors arrive.
  • Helping with group visits.

Fund Raising for Greatwood:

  • Working towards the farm being spick and span for Horse Show and other events.
  • Undertaking bucket collections, administrative tasks or stewarding or other activities as required at fund raising events.
  • Work with the team on visits from media including TV and newspapers.

Skills Required:

This role can be hard work with long hours, including weekends. It is often muddy, wet and cold, and the work involves a lot of lifting and carrying. Therefore as well as loving animals you should be:

  • physically fit, happy to work hard and reliable
  • aware of health and safety
  • happy to take orders
  • have basic maintenance and care skills
  • be able to work within a team
  • be kind and polite and welcoming to visitors
  • be able to drive a tractor
  • undertake duties in a confident and responsible manner
  • be ultimately responsible to Managing Director Helen Yeadon

Please contact Celia Matthes on 01672 514 535 or email info@greatwoodcharity.org