Farm Ability Internship – Oxford University Farm, Wytham.

Role Overview: This internship role involves working alongside and supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism in a range of activities on the farm, including animal husbandry, gardening, and cookery. We are looking for someone who is patient and non-judgemental. You should be naturally proactive and keen to take the initiative when needed. You should also be able to work independently as well as part of a team. You will also contribute to participant monitoring, care planning, reviews and team meetings and provide a small amount of administrative support as needed.

The role would be particularly well suites to graduates or undergraduate students who would enjoy working with adults with learning disabilities on a farm.  This very unique experience will complement your studies and also help your CV stand out in today’s competitive job market. It would provide excellent experience for those wanting apply to clinical psychology programmes, work in social care or education.

Internship positions are for minimum of six months, up to one year.  You will be working a minimum of one day/week, 3-6 hours/day. Days and times are negotiable.

Salary: Voluntary basis; reasonable travel and lunch costs reimbursed

What will you get?  You will receive hands-on work experience and on the job training from experienced professionals.  We make sure that our interns are well-supported and integrated into the staff team. We will also supply you with a reference upon completion of your internship.

Required criteria for internsApplicants must be compassionate, patient and enjoy working outside in a variety of weather conditions.  You should enjoy working with animals and in our vegetable gardens. Although previous experience in these areas is not necessary, a willingness to learn new skills is a must.

Desirable criteria for interns: Previous experience in working with people with learning disabilities or autism.  Education, social work or psychology graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Apply by 10 August 2012:  To apply you will need to complete a basic application form and provide two personal references. All successful applicants will be CRB checked (free of charge).

Please contact Farm Ability for more or phone us on 07734217785.

Farm Ability Volunteers – Oxford University Farm, Wytham.

Do you have a special skill you’d like to share, such as a horse or poultry care, or maybe you are a dab hand at making jam or have a green thumb? Or are you a novice with a keen interest to learn?  We need volunteers to work alongside and support young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism in a range of activities including gardening, animal husbandry, cookery and learning about the countryside code and wildlife.  All equipment is provided but volunteers will need to wear suitable clothes.

We also have volunteer opportunities for helping with administration and fundraising.

For more information about volunteering, email us at