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We operate DAF CF and MAN TGS tractor units in our fleet. Our straw wagons are wagon & drag combinations or LST artics. (More details here). Within our skilled and dedicated workforce we have many long serving driving staff but occasionally job vacancies for HGV Class 1 haulage drivers and seasonal arable staff arise.

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Now recruiting: Harvest Skilled Arable Operator required in South Norfolk

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join us for harvest on a 2,000 acre arable farm based in South Norfolk. We grow wheat, barley, rapeseed, and sugar beet. We also buy and sell straw and offer our services to other growers for contract.

“The Harvest Skilled Arable Operator is part of a small team of permanent and seasonal staff who are responsible for baling, chasing, corn carting and loading.”

The Harvest Skilled Arable Operator is part of a small team of permanent and seasonal staff who are responsible for baling, chasing, corn carting and loading. Other responsibilities may include helping with hedge cutting, cultivations and other regular tasks, including machinery and other estate maintenance, as required.

Our operation requires that the jobholder be flexible, self-motivated and prepared to be available and put in overtime during what is our busiest period. Good hands on workshop/maintenance skills are essential, as is the ability to work alone or in a team. Experience as a tractor driver (or equivalent arable/livestock machinery operative) is essential. The jobholder must hold a valid driving licence. Experience of large square baling work, operating a tractor mounted hedge cutter and cultivation equipment is desirable but full training will be given.

We offer competitive rates of pay based on experience. Earnings expectations are likely to be in the region of £10,000-£14,000 for the duration of the contract. We run a mix of machinery ages and marques, with most work carried out using Fendt 724s and Massey Ferguson 6499s and JCB Loadalls/Fastraks.

Applicants should scan and upload their completed application form, or post to The Recruiting Manager, F.H. Easton Ltd, Bunwell, Norwich, NR16 1SN.  Please remember to include scans/photocopies (or clear photographs from a smart phone) of your driving licence and relevant training certificates.

We’ve got the work, now we need your help: Straw Wagon Driver required in South Norfolk (or South Kesteven, Lincs.)

We are looking to recruit a permanent HGV Class 1 (LGV C+E) Driver to work in our straw haulage operation based out of Bunwell (we also have an operating centre near Grantham that could base a vehicle for applicants living in Lincolnshire). The straw wagons are 18m+ long, 4.8m+ high wagon and drag or LST artic combinations designed to carry 36x 4’x4’ or 48x 4’x3’ straw bales destined for biomass power generation.

Your start times are currently from 4.00am-7.00am with a day normally taking around 12 hours to complete, although earlier starts and longer days may be required subject to operational requirements. A typical day will take you to a straw storage site on a farm in the East of England where you will be loaded with large or midi hesston bales. You will strap up your load and deliver it to one of our customer’s fuel storage or processing sites in the East of England. Due to the structure of the day, it makes sense to be ‘up the road’ for most of the week, overnighting on farm or near the customer’s site.

Our wider business works 365 days a year so you’ll need to be up for some Saturday, Bank Holiday and very occasional Sunday working.”

Our wider business works 365 days a year so you’ll need to be up for some Saturday, Bank Holiday and very occasional Sunday working. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are normally taken as holiday, but we are busy in the days around the bank holidays to keep the Power Stations stocked with fuel. Nights out are also required on straw work. We recognise your contribution on these occasions and at the end of a long day, so you’ll get paid for your breaks and good rates of overtime pay. Tax free overnight subsistence allowance is payable at the agreed RHA rate of £26.20. Earnings potential are in the region of £41,000-£44,000pa, depending upon the number of hours you work.

Previous experience of straw haulage would be desirable but not essential as full on the job training for all aspects of our work is provided. Driver CPC training delivered on site by experienced external training providers.

Most of our work takes us onto farms so an interest in farms and farming would help you get the most out of the job. We ask that you’re reliable, punctual and able to show your best to our farmers and customers. We’re in the food and farming business, so personal hygiene and presentation are important, but we trust that you’ll be as professional in this regard as you are in your driving and record keeping. We’re a family business and we hope that our friendly, experienced and dedicated staff will help make your time here an enjoyable one.

Please contact us on 01953 789333 to discuss the job or request an application form if not completing online.

Applicants should scan and upload their completed application form, or post to The Recruiting Manager, F.H. Easton Ltd, Bunwell, Norwich, NR16 1SN.  Please remember to include scans/photocopies (or clear photographs from a smart phone) of your driving licence and relevant training certificates.

Job description (.pdf)

3 Easton straw wagons waiting to load, 2020.
3 Easton straw wagons waiting to load, 2020.

Apply for a job at Eastons’

1a. Complete and send your application to us online

Before you begin, ensure you have the following to hand:

  • Your National Insurance (NI) number, if you have one.
  • Details of any convictions or licence endorsements, if applicable.
  • Approximate dates and full details of your recent job history.
  • Approximate dates and details of your qualifications.
  • Approximate dates and details of your Continuous Professional Development, skills and training.
  • Details of two referees, one being from your most recent employer.
  • Scans or photographs of your driving licence, DQC (if applicable), and job-relevant training certificates.

The application is 4 pages long and takes an average of 20-30 minutes to complete.

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1b. Or print out an application form and return it to us by post

If you are having problems downloading an application form, please call 01953 789 333.

Easton Application Form (.pdf)

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Please check you have the correct postage and post your completed application form to the recruiting office before the closing date:

G.Easton & Son Ltd
South St
Alford
Lincolnshire
LN13 9AQ

G.Easton & Son Ltd
Turnpike
Bunwell
Norwich
NR16 1SN

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