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Part-time Field Technician required for Society R&D projects

The Texel Sheep Society is a progressive member-based charity serving its 2000-strong UK membership in the development of the Texel breed.

As a result we are currently looking to recruit a highly-motivated part-time technician to visit and work with selected farms across the UK, collecting data that will contribute to our breed development research programme.

Our ambitious ten-year, £3M Breed Development Strategy is designed to maintain and enhance the breed’s reputation for consistency, quality and better financial return for commercial lamb producers. This Strategy will in part be delivered by accelerating the rate of genetic gain for both terminal sire and maternal traits through the active participation in innovative, industry-leading research, underpinned by the use of performance recording and genomics.

The role will report to the Society’s R&D Project Manager.

Job requirements

  • Performing data collection on commercial producer farms at key times to support project needs (March)
  • Performing physical data capture for a range of trait measurements from across the TSS Phenotype Farm network to an agreed time schedule. Farm visits take place post-lambing (April – May)
  • The role will require travel between locations as well as overnight accommodation as required

Personal skills required

  • Physically fit, outgoing, organised with the ability to work on your own initiative
  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude, with practical problem-solving skills
  • Used to working outside in all weather
  • Capable of accurate record-keeping and problem-solving
  • Experience in handling sheep
  • Full driving licence required
  • Full training and equipment will be provided

This role is ideal as it could fit around your existing business, providing additional income plus offering the opportunity to be involved with our industry-leading research with key partners. Self-employed or PAYE role considered.

Closing date: 14th January 2018

For an informal discussion, contact Ed Smith (R&D Projects Manager) on 024 7669 6629 or 07956 347098; or to apply, send your CV and covering letter by post or email, in strict confidence, to:

Ed Smith, Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74, 4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG; or edsmith@texel.co.uk

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