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Hampton Gay, Kidlington
Posted: 6 Feb 2024
Deadline: 20 Mar 2024
Compensation: Unpaid - accommodation and food provided
Unpaid Volunteer Flexible hours
With summer season underway, we are in the process of giving our social media and website a boost to advertise the range of events and farm visits we will be offering from spring onwards. We would love to find someone who would be happy to come and volunteer for a week or two, between February and April. Anytime between 15th March to end of April would be ideal as our ewes will then be lambing and that would give you extra opportunities to capture our lambs as they take their first steps into the lush green fields.
The tasks would consist of walking around the farm to take pictures and videos reflecting our ethos and sustainable ways of farming, capturing our various animals, chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, ducks and horse as they go along their day, and exploring our woodland and fields on the lookout for anything else interesting you could spot through your lenses. And if you managed to capture some of our family and staff members performing their duties, that would be wonderful!
This is a great opportunity for someone who strongly enjoys walking around camera in hand as a hobby - or as a profession - and would like to spend some time outdoors in the spring-awakening countryside. Bird activity is very busy around the farm, and we often get astounishing sunset light and pastel couloured skies from our viewpoint up the sheep hill, not even mentionning how adorable and photogenic the goats and sheep can be,especially when the sun rears its head. Therefore there will be hundreds of high-quality shoot opportunities throughout the day no matter the weather, and if it really rains cats and dogs, you can stay in with a cuppa and start editing, or take a day off and explore Oxford and its surroundings.
You would be working with our marketing manager to edit your pictures and videos into suitable contents for our website and social media accounts. At least basic if not advanced computering and editing skills are a must, the more you know the better as we will be able to give you more freedom and let you in charge with confidence. Ideally we would like you to be a sensitive, keen-eyed photographer who is able to capture and help us share the beauty of our beloved farm, so that we can spread the word around and invite more people to benefit from our small heaven.
We can offer accomodation in a 4-bed shared room with our farm volunteers and food including meat from our own production would be provided but you would be excpected to self-cater using the shared kitchen space. You would be living in "The Barn" which is equipped with all basic facilities [shared kitchen and bathroom, washing machine, living room corner]. We usually have 2-4 volunteers at a time, plus some staff members living onsite, which has the potential to create a fun, friendly atmosphere. We do provide bedsheets, towels and washing powder for laundry but we do not provide any toiletteries, clothes or outdoor shoes. Wellies, raincoat and warm outdoor clothing are a must at this time of year, even when you are simply walking around, and we would recommend bringing a set of old clothes that you don't mind getting damaged as you can never predict how dirty you might end up wandering in the fields and woods.
If you are local to Kidlington/Oxford and would consider daily volunteering for a few days a week, we would be happy to discuss that too.
Period: February to April, specifically 15th March to end of April [lambing]
Weekly hours: average 15-20 hours a week, to be discussed with you and decide how much editing you are ready to do
Wage: unpaid, voluntary work on exchange for food and accommodation basis
If our farm has caught your interest, please send us a message and tell us a bit about yourself and what brings you here. We will get back to you and possibly set up a call for both of us to get a better picture before agreeing on a visit :)
Looking forward to hearing from you!
To apply for this position, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of yourself and your skills, what caught your interest and optional portfolio or extracts of your photographic talents, and we will then be in touch for an interview. Thank you.
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About Willowbrook Farm
Our Farm is a family-run farm in Oxfordshire. We have poultry, sheep, goats and horses and a vegetable garden (which supplies the family and the farm café). We have also planted many trees since starting in 2002. Some of this is a fruit and nut orchard and the rest is managed sustainably to provide all the heat energy on the farm. We have also been constructing sustainable buildings including our large cob (earthen) farmhouse.