Job Specification: Part-Time Dairy Assistant, Old Plaw Hatch Farm
Hours: Approx. 18.5/week
Old Plaw Hatch Farm Dairy processes approximately 150,000 litres of biodynamic raw milk a year from milk produced on the farm from our herd of around 40 cows. This is bottled as raw milk and made into cream, kefir and a range of yoghurts and cheeses, the majority of these are sold through our on-site farm shop and our sister farm, Tablehurst, but some are also sold to local shops and a wholesaler. The Dairy team currently comprises 6 part-time staff and the manager. Providing a facility for education is also an objective of the farm, in the form of hosting school groups and student training on occasion.
The role of Dairy Assistant is to assist in all aspects of production from reception of the milk to sale of the finished product, while helping to ensure safety and integrity of the product. The position also involves an element of public interaction, for example, in answering questions from customers, dealing with trade customers or helping giving educational tours. The dairy is one of many enterprises on the farm and we all help out where needed from time to time, which may mean picking fruit, herding animals, cleaning communal spaces, or writing an article for the newsletter.
The Dairy Assistant will report to the Dairy Manager. The salary is £8.75/hour and the postholder will also benefit from a discount in our shop. Lunch is provided on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays. Normal dairy working hours are 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, although depending on what we are making, earlier starts are common and work outside of normal hours may be necessary from time to time. As the cows continue producing milk over holidays, dairy work continues, but providing the dairy has sufficient cover, annual leave may be taken. This position is part-time and hours are negotiable, however, some flexibility is desirable, particularly as the workload changes with the seasons.
Duties and responsibilities:
· To assist with dairy production including bottling milk, making and packaging cream, yoghurts, kefir and cheeses.
· Packaging and labelling products
· Cleaning before and after production, general cleaning of workspaces and equipment.
· Keeping records of production specifics.
· Stocking the shop and preparing orders for collection.
· Maintaining hygiene standards
· Representing the farm to the public in the shop and around the farm
· Picking and processing fruit
· Occasional other duties as required
Experience is not necessary as training will be provided. However, the candidate must have a demonstrable interest in organic or biodynamic produce and a passion for good food. The ideal candidate will have a desire to work in a way that embodies the values outlined in our values statement. The role requires physical fitness and stamina, and requires the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. The candidate must be presentable and have an approachable manner in dealing with the public. Old Plaw Hatch Farm supports a community on-site and serves a wider community, and therefore good communication skills are essential. The candidate must have a responsible attitude and take an active approach to upholding standards of cleanliness and food-safety measures.