gateway role - dairy


A family farm near Chippenham is looking for a full-time member of staff to work on a weekday and weekend rota.

One of the family is ex-Army who works part-time on the farm and is also a Physical Trainer; he is very happy to talk to interested candidates before they formally apply.


The farmer writes:

We are looking for a farm worker – details below – who is enthusiastic, reliable and very keen to learn with a huge interest in livestock agriculture. We are not concerned about experience as we are used to teaching people.


The wages are minimum to start with but rise with experience. We are keen for our employees to progress and attend courses etc. There would be a (paid) trial period.


This is a family farm and we all work together.  We employ three people full time plus various relief milkers.

This job is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to learn about agriculture and advance a career in this field.


There is single accommodation in a large mobile home which would mean sharing with a young Romanian lad (he mainly speaks Italian, his English is not brilliant).

It would probably be preferable to employ someone who lives locally but they would definitely need their own transport to get here.


Our future son-in-law was in the Army  and since 2012 he has been a personal trainer. He is very keen on the farm and has learnt to milk the cows over the past year and now relief milks for us once a week which he thoroughly enjoys. He says it has been very good for his mental health. He would be able to chat with any prospective employee.


Job description:

Assistant Milker and General Farm Worker

Tasks include:


Operating scraper tractor

Operating telehandler

Maintenance and cleaning of equipment/machinery

Calf feeding

Cleaning cow beds, feed areas and water troughs

General farm tasks


6 days per week

Hours – 38 hour week + weekend overtime

Weekdays: Split day 5am to 10.30am (30 minute break for breakfast)

                                     3.50pm to 6.30pm

Weekends: Split day 5am to 9am 3.50pm to 6.30pm



£  8.50 per hour

£11.00 per hour overtime

If you would like to apply or find out more, email




Telehandler experience; scenic rural location; package includes vehicle

This is a permanent job opportunity working for a large Grain store. The company takes in grain from farms during harvest and throughout the year as needed.

For insurance purposes you must be over 21 and have telehandler/loader experience.

The job would suit a sensible mechanically minded person who is able to deal with numerous farm machinery.


Ideal start date : 1st July 2019

Full Driving licence is required

Hours are dependant on the season – candidates must be prepared to work longer hours at harvest.


There are 11 people working on site – applicants must be self-motivated and well presented.

The job comes with a vehicle.


Salary: Dependant on experience


Voluntary Roles



RURALINK is establishing a veterans' conservation group to offer volunteering opportunities and experience to resettling personnel wanting to move into the sector. If you are interested in working on this project - which will offer plenty of opportunity to develop contacts and gain experience on several conservation projects and look great on your CV -  please get in touch.

This would suit an individual of any rank/service who can spare a few hours most weeks for a few months. You must be based in the south of England. Some expenses will be payable.

Image: Reservoir built over former dew pond and associated well. Volunteers worked for a day to restore the site which is now, once more, the principal water source for grazing sheep.

FWAG Volunteering

Every Tuesday and Wednesday a group of volunteers, led by a professional, undertake water conservation projects in Gloucestershire, often using traditional techniques. If you would like to gain some experience of coppicing, faggoting, dry stone walling, river-bank improvements, dew pond management and much, much more, get in touch.

Rural Conservation Skills (nationally)

A brief online search for the area in which you intend to resettle will produce several groups with whom to volunteer, often with expenses paid and gain skills and experience - and a network - which will help you find professional opportunities and give you invaluable content for your CV and experiences and knowledge to set you up for a confident interview.

This page from the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will give you an idea of what you should be looking for.

Western Arable - Temporary harvest roles


Western Arable are keen to help military personnel get their first foot on the agricultural career ladder.
They are therefore offering two great starter roles to help you gain initial training and experience whilst doing an important seasonal role during the peak harvest season.
Julie at Western Arable will be delighted to hear from you. You are also welcome to arrange to visit the firm and find out more before applying.




Poultry Assistant Manager required.

A brand new, state of the  art poultry farm is being built. A highly experienced manager with an  outstanding track record has been recruited. An assistant is required to  join him and the wider team who has excellent attention to detail and  an ambition to learn.

 Job Summary
• This is an opportunity for someone to enter or progress in the poultry industry.
• Poultry livestock experience is a bonus, but full training will be provided if
        needed. Indeed, any background will be considered if the candidate has the
        right personal attributes.
• The ideal candidate will be physically fit, self-motivated, enthusiastic and
• A good eye for detail is essential.
• This a responsible position, which needs the successful candidate to be a
        team player and also happy to work alone.

Responsibilities and Duties
• Walking the chicken houses daily and identifying any illness or feed problems
        and checking general flock wellbeing and building maintenance.
• Ensuring biosecurity measures are met.
• Managing the houses, feeders and drinkers.
• Use of poultry house computers to monitor bird performance and wellbeing.
• Respond to alarms calls in an urgent and timely manner.

The Reward
Accommodation is available. An attractive financial package, with pension, bonus scheme and other benefits is offered.
The start date if full training is required would be mid-July; for an experienced candidate it would be early September.

The Next Step
 To apply for this exciting opportunity or for more information, please  contact or apply for the job via facebook.



Conservation management and skills training and experience building

The Farmers Wildlife Advisory Group - South West (FWAG-SW) is a real friend to the military community. FWAG understands that your CV needs to have experience built in and will try and give you the roles you need to work towards the qualifications and roles you want to gain.

They routinely host resettling personnel on work experience or in their volunteer programmes at the skills level or in supervisory roles (once sufficient experience has been gained).

This opportunity is compatible with GRT.

If you want to know more, please contact Fiona directly: 


Ruralink veteran logo

Fantastic Opportunity to take over an existing business

We have been approached by a gentleman who is actively seeking to start to hand over his business to the next generation.

He specifically wishes to consider ex-military personnel.

This opportunity would provide on-the-job training, business management mentoring and has plenty of scope for future expansion. 

If you would like to work outdoors, with long hours in spring particularly, get in touch and we will see about an initial interview, one week trial period and take it from there.

This really is a fantastic opportunity.


For veterans

A bespoke programme to give you initial experience and then match you with an employer an training provider for on the job training for up to 2 years. At the end of the Veteranship you will have successfully transitioned into your chosen new career and be ready to take the next step armed with qualifications, experience and, most importantly, confidence.

For employers

Looking for a reliable, mature apprentice for your business?

Young military veterans are reliable, keen to learn, adaptable, punctual, responsible and ... just what your business needs.

For training providers

You want to increase your training completion percentage, take on low-maintenance apprentices and simplify your recruiting pipeline. We will work with you to identify high-quality apprentices to enroll through the Veteranship (R) programme. 

Let's talk veteranship!