Dream job alert! Blenheim Estate is looking for a new shepherd

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Photo credit: Blenheim Estate
Photo credit: Blenheim Estate

Dream job alert! Blenheim Estate is looking for a shepherd to help care for its 1,000-strong flock of sheep, as well as its collection of rare breed British white cattle — and there's still time to apply.

Reporting directly to the Oxfordshire estate's farm manager, the successful candidate will live and work on the 12,000-acre estate in the heart of Oxfordshire. As well as management of the flock, other duties include overseeing the care and calving of the estate's resident herd of cattle.

Before you submit your application, it's worth knowing that you'll need to have substantial farming experience, as well as your own sheepdog. The successful applicant will also be expected to support other members on the estate, such as forestry, game, and the wider land strategy.

Photo credit: Blenheim Estate
Photo credit: Blenheim Estate

The lucky lead stockperson will work alongside Farm Manager and shepherd Charles Gerring, who has been looking after the estate for more than 28 years. "Blenheim is renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest,"he said.

"Its ancient woodlands are home to some of the oldest oak trees in Europe and it supports a huge variety of native wildlife. The entire estate team is also committed to not only conserving and protecting what is already here, but also looking at innovative ways to further improve the quality and the diversity of the land for the benefit of generations to come.

Photo credit: Pete Seaward
Photo credit: Pete Seaward

"In many ways this really is a dream role as it offers the successful candidate an opportunity to make a difference; working as part of a dedicated group of people to nurture and develop the estate's unique natural capital."

Want to apply? The position is for a full-time role, with the option to live on the estate in a charming three-bedroom cottage. Closing date for applications is 30th July 2021, so you don't have long left. For more information, head over to their website.

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