Farm Hand - Animal Husbandry


Collingwood Children's Farm


Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria

Farm Hand Overview

The Farm Hand - Animal Husbandry is charged with daily animal husbandry tasks and pasture maintenance, ensuring the Farm's livestock and pastures are productive, healthy, accessible and within a regenerative agriculture framework.

Working in a team across a range of animals including cows, sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, guinea pigs, peafowl and cats, the animal team works to make sure all the animals are healthy and have high animal welfare whilst also demonstrating cutting edge agricultural practices. The animal husbandry team are key to keeping CCF at the forefront of urban agricultural innovation with lateral thinking and husbandry techniques coming to the fore through longer term planning as well as through daily care of the animals.

The Farm Hand reports to the Head of Animal Husbandry, and is responsible for ensuring day to day care and welfare of the animals at the Collingwood Children's Farm.

Organisational Overview

The Collingwood Children's Farm is an iconic not-for-profit urban farm situated on the Yarra River in Melbourne. Boasting an extensive range of animals and garden spaces, it is open to the public all year round offering visitors the experience of farm life in the inner city.

The farm operates a range of programs and activities supporting children and people of disadvantage via their school educational tours, Young Farmers and disability programs. It also plays a key role in engaging the community by hosting a number of popular events that promote agriculture and local produce in Victoria.

CCF is a vibrant working farm that strives to support the urban community to connect to where their food comes from and inspire the next generation of young farmers. All aspects of the bustling farm environment come together to support those experiencing adversity as well as demonstrating the benefits of urban agriculture under a regenerative agriculture framework.

The success of the farm relies heavily on word of mouth and the community effort with staff and volunteers working collaboratively to maintain the farm, keep it sustainable and to ensure visitors have a great experience.

Key Selection Criteria

It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in providing animal husbandry to a variety of farm animals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of animal welfare across a variety of animals.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with large animals (horses, cows or similar).
  • Open to new ideas and willing to embrace change in the face of ever changing trends and landscapes.
  • Experience in working with people from diverse communities.
  • Self-starter who is willing to be accountable to stated goals.
  • Commitment to the vision, philosophy, aims and objectives of Collingwood Children's Farm. Commitment to integrity, mission and service.
  • Child-safe organisation: CCF has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All CCF staff must undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.


  • Availability on weekends.
  • Demonstrated experience in pasture management and regenerative agriculture principles.
  • Computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft applications.
  • Current Victorian Driver's Licence.
  • Understanding the pedagogy of farming principles.
  • Demonstrated experience of providing group instruction.
  • Understanding and experience in working with students/work experience.
  • Experience in transporting large animals (horse floats and trailers).

A position description is attached.


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