Skilled Tractor Drivers/General Farm Operatives

NIAB is a leading UK centre for plant science, crop evaluation and agronomy, delivering work from its regional network and headquarters in Cambridge.

Our field crop research and impartial information is used widely by the agricultural and horticultural community.

We are seeking two conscientious and enthusiastic people who enjoy a range of working activities to join our farm team based at our centre in Kent which is predominantly horticulturally based.

You will be principally tractor driving during the growing season, but you will be involved in all aspects of modern farming disciplines, including; spraying, pruning, crop husbandry and machinery maintenance, some of which can be physically demanding. You will be expected to undertake pruning activities during the winter depending on the work requirement.

Applicants should enjoy carrying out a range of tasks; have a good standard of education and a full driving license. Ideally, you will hold NRoSO certification and City and Guilds PA1, PA2 and PA6 but not essential. Experience in fruit tree pruning and husbandry with the ability to operate a forklift is desirable. Training can be provided, with further opportunities for progression within the company.

Applicants must have a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire to learn farm skills in this interesting and varied role.

Starting salary is in the range of £ £23,000 to £25,000 per annum, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications.

Further details and an application form are available at: or from the HR Office, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ, Tel No. 01732 523797, Email:, quoting Ref No. SV/A1295
Closing date for applications: 30 July 2021


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