The position of overseer is the second in command to the manager. The role provides support and assistance to the Station Manager in the operations of the property. It includes supervision of staff, supervision of contractors and ensuring the day to day programs are managed effectively and efficiently. This position may also require the incumbent to act in the role of Station Manager on the occasions when the Manager is absent from the property.
Being an overseer is a key stepping stone towards becoming a property manager: Overseers take the skills that they have learned as a station hand and combine them with human resource management, as well as learning the key aspects of property management, such as feed budgeting, stock rotations, repairs and maintenance planning. While previous experience will be looked upon favourably, we can offer training and support to a current Senior Station Hand, looking for their next step within 12 months.
An overseer is capable of performing all tasks of a station hand, as well as:
- Assisting the Manager with the development of farming programs in response to seasons and markets
- Segregation of livestock classes, allocating stock to the appropriate paddocks with assessment of pasture availability
- Supervision of stock health management, assist in the genetic selection of livestock
- Supervision of wool harvest management procedures, including crutching
- Assisting with the maintenance of vehicle, plant and machinery
- Purchasing of materials, rations, and parts necessary for the operation of the property, under the direction of the Manager
- Assisting in ensuring compliance of all processes and procedures as specified by legislation, company documentation and Board directives
- Assisting in the allocation and monitoring of staff workloads in line with operational requirements and timeframes