The Blenheim Estate is looking for a shepherd to help care for its 1,000-strong flock of sheep, as well as its collection of rare breed British white cattle.

They would live and work on the 12,000-acre estate in the heart of Oxfordshire with its mix of farmland, ancient woodland, landscaped parkland, lakes and formal gardens.

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Reporting directly to Blenheim's farm manager Charles Gerring, the role includes day to day management of the flock, ensuring the welfare and safety of all livestock alongside the mentoring of an apprentice.

In addition to the sheep, the role will also include overseeing the care and calving of the estate’s resident herd of British white cattle, which roam freely within the ancient oak woodlands, trampling down bracken and undergrowth to clear spaces for acorns to germinate and grow.

The shepherd is also expected to support other members of team.

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The reintroduction of the cattle is just part of the Blenheim Estate’s wider land strategy plan which looks at innovative ways to protect, utilise and open up access to the 12,000-acre estate over the coming decades.

If you are interested, contact Rachel Leach at

The closing date for applications is July 30.

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