Farm secretaries, or rural administrators, are responsible for the smooth running of the business side of a farm, and assist with the large amount of paperwork involved with modern farming and rural businesses. As well as general secretarial work, responsibilities may also include:
The work is mainly office-based. Farm secretaries may be employed full-time on one particular farm or estate as a resident secretary, or be freelance and work for more than one farm, as a mobile farm secretary.
Most resident secretaries live near to the farm, and often have a cottage or furnished flat provided with the job. They usually work 39 hours a week full-time but weekend work may be required.
Mobile farm secretaries need their own transport to travel between farms. They are usually self-employed so hours can vary.
To be a farm secretary you should:
Farm secretaries working in a large estate office may get the opportunity for promotion to managing the finances and day-to-day running of the business.
Self-employment is possible.
The knowledge and skills gained as a farm secretary can be used in businesses that are connected with agriculture, such as stables, seed, feed and fertiliser merchants, agricultural colleges and research establishments. A wide range of rural industries need administrators.
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Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
154 Clerkenwell Road
Tel: 020 7415 7500