Senior Farm Advisor
We are recruiting for a Senior Farm Advisor in our Land Team. This is a full time role (37.5 hours per week) with a salary between £26,000 and £30,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 9% pension. Established in 1994, the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) is a registered Charity dedicated to improving the region’s water environment. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today We are looking for someone with a natural appreciation and interest in the environment, farming and ecology, along with strong interpersonal skills, practical experience and scientific or technical expertise to join our team. Your practical knowledge and experience in the Agricultural and/or Environmental sectors and in farm/landowner engagement, will enable you to identify and develop opportunities at farm and catchment level that will contribute to improving the region’s water environment. The role will initially be focused on delivering the CPES (Channel Payments for Ecosystem Service) Project until Spring 2022 before moving on to deliver other projects. Please submit your CV and Covering Letter to https://hr.breathehr.com/v/senior-farm-advisor-16898 by midnight 26th September 2021. Job Description: Responsibilities: Proactively develop leads and contacts to build on WRT existing coverage across the catchments to raise awareness of projects and build opportunities for project delivery.Identify, and raise awareness of, opportunities which are available through WRT eg. Grants, Countryside Stewardship, ELMS, Woodland creation grants, Environmental Offsetting interests etc. Develop and deliver tailored farm advice, plans, reports or events as part of a programme of water and land management improvements.To work effectively to meet project deliverables, targets and deadlines.To proactively identify and develop new opportunities and areas of work.Undertake surveys, monitoring (eg. water quality, soil or nutrient) and analysis.Mentor junior colleagues and share knowledge throughout the Trust.Co-ordinate and attend and contribute to relevant meetings, workshops or stakeholder groups to achieve Project aims and to share best practice, raise awareness and promote WRTs role.You may be asked to take on other relevant duties as appropriate inc. writing bids or tenders and working across different projects.This role requires regular local travel within the catchment, local area, WRT office and meetings.Person specification Knowledge and Experience Appropriate qualification or equivalent work experience in an Agricultural or conservation/farming/environmental related discipline.Knowledge of agricultural practices.Knowledge of current and emerging Agri-Environment schemes.Experience and/or knowledge of catchment-scale approaches and processes and familiar with concepts of Ecosystem Services. Knowledge and competent in using in Microsoft Office applications.FACTS/BASIS Soil and Water Qualifications (Desirable)Experience of delivering farm advice or interventions to bring about catchment improvements (Desirable). Skills and Competencies A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.The ability to foster and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues and contacts and negotiate outcomes.Self-motivated and organised, able to work to deadlines or under pressure. Accuracy and attention to detail with report writing, data capture and record keeping.Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with internal staff and external stakeholders.The ability to present project outcomes to stakeholders and partners.The above are Essential criteria unless indicated as Desirable Please note this role will require the ability to travel regularly and to remote sites.