Ferne Animal Sanctuary – Chard

Estates Worker – General

£8.72 ph

Main purpose of the role

To support the Estates Manager in the maintenance of the farm land at Ferne including the Montague Panton Farm and to support the Estates team with general management tasks as required.

Key Responsibilities:
• To ensure that the farm land meets the standards required by the Estates Manager.
• To identify any issues and highlight these to the Estates Manager and agree remedial actions
• To ensure that all fields are managed in accordance with plans drawn up by the Estates Manager
• To ensure hedgerows are managed effectively
• To ensure all fences are maintained in good order
• To assist in the maintenance of animal enclosures and housing
• To support the Estates team with maintenance across the sanctuary including grounds maintenance, weeding, hedgerow management etc
• Cleaning duties
• To undertake driving duties
• In extreme weather conditions to help as required
• To comply with all Ferne’s policies and procedures
The Sanctuary reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post-holder at any time according to its needs. Job Descriptions only reflect 80% of a role and are not an exhaustive list of duties. You will be expected to carry out other activities that are within the scope of the role.

Essential Skills / Experience
• Have a positive and professional work attitude
• Have an ability to be flexible, tactful, diplomatic and supportive in your approach at all times
• Experience in the use of a wide range of tools and machinery including strimmers, mowers and hedge cutters
• Experience of driving tractors, trailers, quad bikes,vans and pick-ups
• Knowledge of farm maintenance
• The ability to work independently as well as in a team
• A keen understanding and belief in the mission of Ferne Animal Sanctuary
• Full valid UK driving licence

• Chainsaw certificate
• Pesticide certificate
• Land management qualification

Education and Experience

  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
  • Experience in farm maintenance
  • Land management qualification
  • Understanding of health and safety incl risk assessments

Abilities/special aptitudes

  • Physically fit and able to carry out duties including lifting and use of power tools
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs of the sanctuary
  • Ability to use initiative when working unsupervised
  • Key skills and competencies
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Good organisational skills

Other Valid driving license

Ability to work weekends, bank holidays

A flexible approach


If you would like to receive an application form please email hr@ferneanimalsanctuary.org.

Retail Shop Managers – Zero Hours

You don’t need a reason to help animals, so why not volunteer in one of our charity shops today!

Our Crewkerne, Chard and Honiton charity shops are looking for retail managers on a zero hours contract to cover holidays, absence and training. Our charity shops sell a range of donated clothing, accessories and children’s toys. Working on a Zero Hours contract as required in one of our retail stores could make a real difference to the lives of the animals in our care, as well as bringing fulfilment and enjoyment to you.

The key prupose of the role is to maximise sales and profits, achieving targets set, delivering high standards through the effective management of volunteers. You will have line management responsibility for volunteers. Responsible for the day to day operation and performance of the shops while ensuring that targets are met through excellent customer service, effective planning, good merchandising and stock control, housekeeping and volunteer cover.

Your background should have a good standard of general education including English, both written and oral and mathematics; previous retail experience, preferably at management level; and budget management,cash handling, banking and accounts. Your skills should include: a flexible approach to the work place; friendly and approachable; able to motivate others; good organisational skills; and a positive attitude to team work

Hours: Zero hours contract  to cover as required, 9.30 am – 4.45 pm with 1 hour unpaid lunchbreak. Job Share.


Retail Assistants – Volunteers

You don’t need a reason to help animals, so why not volunteer in one of our charity shops today!

Want to improve your CV, meet new people and have fun whilst supporting the work of Ferne Animal Sanctuary? Why not consider becoming a Ferne retail volunteer?

Our Crewkerne, Chard & Honiton charity shops, and on-site gift shop, are looking for retail assistants. Our charity shops sell a range of donated clothing, accessories and childrens toys, with our lovely little gift shop selling an array of carefully selected products and produce. We need volunteers to help us sell these fantastic products to our customers and local supporters.

As little as four hours a week volunteering in one of our retail stores could make a real difference to the lives of the animals in our care, as well as bringing fulfilment and enjoyment to you.

Please download the below Volunteer Application Form and email to volunteering@ferneanimalsanctuary.org or alternatively post to Volunteering Department, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH.

 F.A.S Volunteer Application Form Issue 1.2 Jan 2019


Ferne Animal Sanctuary has been rescuing and rehabilitating animals for over eighty years. After many years of dedicated service two of our trustees are stepping down so we are now seeking two enthusiastic replacements.

We are particularly keen to hear from people with HR experience, digital marketing and fundraising or a legal background to help support our team. We will however consider applicants from other backgrounds who feel they have something to offer.

You will need to share the values of the sanctuary and have an interest and empathy with our cause.

If you are interested then please email amandawright@ferneanimalsanctuary.org who is PA to the Board and she will send you an application pack.

Ferne is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or physical ability. We welcome applications from all genders and backgrounds.