Farm Supervisor

Shearwater the Mullumbimby Steiner School is seeking a Farm Supervisor to provide ongoing management and maintenance of the Shearwater Biodynamic Farm and to implement improvements in line with School strategy and planning.

Shearwater's beautiful 21-hectare site is bordered by a creek, rainforest and farmland. The property has gardens and a working farm managed according to biodynamic practices. The Shearwater Biodynamic Farm exists to awaken and empower a new generation of farmers and land stewards with rich and varied skills, experience and opportunities in biodynamic and organic farm production and enterprise.


Remuneration in line with Independent Schools NSW (Support and Operational) Multi-Enterprise Agreement 2017

Employment Type: Permanent Part Time - 22.8 hours per week

Classification: Level 2 Qualified Trade

Commencement: Immediately


Key Accountabilities

Amongst other duties, this position will be required to:

  • Ensure the overall ongoing viability and development of the farm.
  • Contribute to the development of the farm vision.
  • Provide advice and support in line with biodynamic practices for farming activities and projects across the School.
  • Ensure that tools, vehicles, machinery, and equipment are maintained in a secure, safe, and clean manner.
  • Oversee all farm resources and materials, including the approval and purchase of goods and services as required in line with the School purchasing policy, procedures, and budget.
  • Provide a safe working environment for staff and students, by ensuring safe work method standards are applied and maintained in accordance with Work Health and Safety legislation and procedures.
  • Ensure appropriate measures are taken in emergency events in line with training provided.
  • Ensure that the gardens, paddock, and other production areas are well-maintained utilising biodynamic, and other regenerative agricultural, practices.
  • Oversee the maintenance and organisation of Farm Infrastructure including fences, sheds, and other built structures and ensure all facilities are secure.
  • Maintain servicing and oversee proper and appropriate use of machinery, including RTV and Tractors in conjunction with other stakeholders. This includes seeking stakeholder consideration for scheduling use to meet timetable requirements and noise restrictions.
  • Oversee the care of animals in accordance with the principles of animal welfare and working within Animals in Schools framework. This includes maintaining a general awareness of animal health and bio-security regulations.
  • Complete administrative duties, as required, including general school requirements, animal welfare, record keeping of animals and registration, Work Health and Safety requirements and School policy and procedures.
  • Oversee staff working on the farm in employment, contractor, or volunteer capacity, including the outsourcing of farm operations, and liaise with HR to ensure appropriate employment practices and regulations are adhered to with each type of employment or volunteer relationship.
  • Liaise and negotiate, through clear communication, with internal and external stakeholders, to meet the needs and requests to the Farm in line with whole school requirements.
  • Ensure appropriate storage and use of farm input chemicals and understanding the correct use and storage of potentially hazardous materials.

Assistance with the Agricultural Program

  • Liaise with the teaching staff by attending and contributing to regular planning meetings, preparing resources for class groups, and setting up and packing down with students for lessons.
  • Assist the agriculture teacher with outdoor classes and occasionally within a classroom environment.


Key Selection Criteria

Amongst many skills candidates should possess:

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Farming Operations including livestock, horticulture, farm maintenance preferably in a Biodynamic, Organic, or Regenerative Farming context.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to respond to students, staff, parents, and visitors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and effectively prioritise work.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to perform physical work, outdoors in natures elements.
  • Demonstrated experience of following and implementing Work Health and Safety procedures and practices.


  • Drivers Licence
  • Experience in Agriculture work
  • Ability to inspire and model positive aspects of sustainable agricultures
  • An interest or understanding of Regenerative Agricultures
  • Availability during school holiday periods
  • Willingness to undertake a Fit For Duties physical assessment
  • Flexibility in working hours for school events and festivals


  • Experience in, and/or understanding of Steiner education
  • Certificate II or higher in Horticulture or Agriculture training (TAFE), including use of tractors or equivalent experience.
  • Completed tractor training (TAFE), or equivalent experience
  • Completed chainsaw training (TAFE), or equivalent experience
  • Safe use of chemicals Chemcert training. Note: agricultural chemicals are not used on Shearwater farm, apart from livestock treatments used as a last resort.

Further information Your appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check as required under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.


To apply please forward:

  • Cover letter, clearly outlining your suitability to the role. Please include a response to the key selection criteria and show how you meet the essential requirements of the role;
  • Current CV or resume detailing your relevant qualifications and experience; and
  • Current contact details of at least three professional referees.


Applications close at 9am on Monday, 22nd February 2021.

16/02/2021 $0 Lismore & Far North Coast 1 Farming, Animals & Conservation
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