Tel: 01728 746916

Job Vacancies

If you are interested in joining the team, here at Valley Farm, and feel that you have skills that would contribute something positive to Valley Farm, please send a CV, at any time to:

Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure 
Wickham Market 
Suffolk 
IP13 0ND

 

Applicants for any positions must apply in writing (by post or email), and should include:

A Curriculum Vitae, 
References, 
Telephone number 
A stamped addressed envelope or e-mail address, 
Reasons why you would like to work at Valley Farm, 

Where you found out about Valley Farm.

 

Currently we have vacancies for: 

 

Pony Club Instructor 

An enthusiastic person, able to motivate and inspire children of all ages to improve their riding and horsemanship to educate them through progressive Pony Club tests. Must be reliable, qualified and be able to keep lessons fun, safe and interesting for Pony Club members and Young equestrians of all ages and abilities.  Should be good at record keeping and able to organise small scale fun competitions and events. Should be able to ride a variety of horses in order to be able to escort hacks. For more details please contact Sarah or Stacy on 01728 746916 or email sarah@valleyfarmonline.co.uk

Instructor (Part time) Able to teach children and adults of all abilities. Helpful if you have interest/knowledge of any of the following: western/natural horsemanship/schooling/carriage driving. Must able to work at least one day during the weekend, and should be reliable, capable of caring for horses and other animals, and enjoy working with people.  For more details please contact Sarah or Stacy on 01728 746916 or email sarah@valleyfarmonline.co.uk 

Weekend Instructors required to work full or half days Saturdays or Sundays. To be able to teach riding and stable management to Pony Club members and groups or individuals. For more details please contact Sarah or Stacy on 01728 746916 or email sarah@valleyfarmonline.co.uk

Apprentice position. More details can be found on our TRAINING page.  Accommodation may be available.  For more details please contact Sarah or Stacy on 01728 746916 or email sarah@valleyfarmonline.co.uk  

Summer Staff for the months of July & August (limited live in places available). Ideally should be able to care for horses, assist children of all levels of ability with riding and pony care. Helpful but not essential if you are able to teach a specialist subject such as polo/racing/carriage driving/horseball etc. Contact us for more details.


Farm Worker (full/part time, flexible hours) The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, versatile and reliable.  They will be a good tractor driver and able to operate a range of farm machinery.  They will have experience in woodland and paddock management, including experience in fencing, plumbing etc. Good animal husbandary skills - equestrian an advantage. They will be available for CRB checks and aware of current Health and Safety requirements.  Have a driving licence, be well organised, present a professional image and have a good manner with the public.  They will enjoy challenging varied work and be able to work alone as well as alongside the owner and as part of our dedicated team.  Advantages: HGV licence, computer literate, spray certificates, chainsaw certificate, shotgun certificate. 

We also have vacancies for:

  • Evening entertainment staff for Summer 2017
  • University/College students needing a work placement.
  • PTT pupils needing to gain their teaching hours.

Please read on for more details about the positions we have available.

Requirements for Summer Staff.

Must be enthusiastic, friendly and organised. Must enjoy working with children and animals. Need to have an interest in learning new skills and be able to learn new skills quickly. Must have a good knowledge of horse care and riding. Must be able to teach riding and stable management to groups of children, making the subjects, safe, fun and entertaining, as well as informative. All applicants need to be over 18 at the date of starting work. Be able to mix well with others and work as a team and get on well with children of all ages.
Must be available to work July and August, and prepared to train in early July. May need to work occasional weekend days. Usually a 5 day week Monday to Friday, but part time staff would be considered.

Helpful Qualifications:

First aid, life saving, Child protection, Any British Horse Society Qualifications, Pony Club or Riding Club Qualifications. Any other equestrian related qualifications. Any teaching certificates. Experience of working with Children. Experience of working in a Riding School, or other equestrian Yard. Experience of teaching/ supervising children. Experience or Qualifications in Horseball, Polocrosse, Vaulting, Western Riding, Carriage Driving, Side Saddle or Swimming.

Requirements for full time Staff

Must be enthusiastic, friendly and organised with a good sense of humour. Able to cope with varied work, including tours for visiting tourists, TV and film crews, children's holidays and a change of plan at the drop of a hat! Must like people, children and all sorts of animals and have a keen interest in learning new skills and furthering qualifications. Must be able to ride, take telephone messages, organise events, teach riding, care for horses. Need to be over 18, unless applying to train as a student.

Helpful Qualifications:

British Horse Society Qualifications,UKCC, Pony Club, Riding Club, or other recognised equestrian qualifications.
First Aid at Work
Child Protection
Experience or Qualifications in Western Riding, Carriage Driving, Horseball, Polocrosse, Side saddle, Vaulting, Circus or other Equestrian Disciplines. Experience of schooling and working with youngstock.
Teaching Qualifications or Experience
Previous experience of working in a Riding School or other Equestrian Yard.

Requirements for Weekend Staff

Must have experience of teaching children and adults. Must be reliable. Able to teach stable management, flat work and jumping, from complete novice to BHS stage 2 level to individuals or groups. Needs to be able to make lessons fun and informative. First aid and child protection certificates helpful. Minimum qualifications BHS stage 1 or equivalent.

Work Placements

We welcome students from colleges and universities, for work placements. Valley Farm is an excellent place to learn a wide variety of equestrian skills, as well as gain useful experience of the day to day runnings of a busy equestrian yard with opportunities to practise horse care and management. An opportunity not to be missed. Please send a CV and a letter from your college, including the dates you would like to be placed with us. It is important to give us time to consider your application, as there is often considerable demand. If you are accepted for a work placement with us, it may give you an advantage applying for a full time job at Valley Farm, should you decide to apply for a post with us when you finish College.

Work Experience

If you have always wanted a career in horses, but are not sure what it would involve, why not consider a work experience placement. We offer a limited number of placements, for school leavers, and those participating in work experience organised by your school. All you will need is a keen interest in horses and horse care, and a desire to want to work in the industry. Any experience of horses is helpful. You will need to send us a CV and a letter from your school with the dates you would like to work to and from, in good time, so we can consider your application and select a suitable date for you to start.

British Horse Society PTT students

Valley Farm is an approved Where to train Centre. This means that if you choose to complete your teaching hours with us, you will only need to teach for 250 hours rather than 350 or 500 if you chose to complete your hours elsewhere. This only applies if you complete all your hours at approved centres. We also welcome freelance instructors who wish to complete their hours.

In either case, it will be necessary to arrange an interview, so we can assess your teaching abilities.

updated 12/09/16