Farm secretary

Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £37,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using tailor-made agricultural business software
  • keeping records of livestock and crops, to help with planning future crop and stock levels
  • applying for government grants and subsidies
  • preparing farm business accounts and tax returns
  • dealing with wages and personnel records
  • costing, ordering and paying for equipment and supplies
  • typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
  • keeping up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws

You could work on a farm or from home.

With experience, you could become a farm manager.

You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.

You can find out more about working as a farm secretary through The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.

Data from National Careers Service.
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