Assistant Farm Environmental Adviser

Chris Seabridge & Associates Ltd

Penkridge, Staffordshire
£19,500 with potential to progress

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

chris@chrisseabridge.co.uk

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 09 November 2017


Assistant Farm Environmental Adviser

Overview

Chris Seabridge & Associates Ltd provides on-farm environmental advice to farmers and landowners on a wide range of agricultural and conservation issues. Our commercial client base includes farms, country estates and Natural England. We are seeking applicants for the post of Assistant Farm Environmental Adviser, based at our offices in Penkridge, Staffordshire.

Working within a team of advisers the successful applicant will provide assistance to deliver a combination of project work, contract work and consultancy services.

This full-time post will offer a highly motivated individual the chance to develop a rewarding career in the farm environmental sector.

Main Purpose of the Job

  • To assist with the delivery of independent, objective and professional environmental advice to farmers, landowners and land managers
  • Work with Farm Environmental Advisers to provide farm advice on projects and chargeable work including:

Preparing agri-environment grant applications

Providing resource protection advice and producing NVZ records

Undertake botanical and protected species surveys

Key Responsibilities

Working alongside Farm Environmental Advisers to:

  • Assist with the preparation work required for farm visits and to write reports
  • Assist with farm visits which includes field work, botanical surveys, mapping and note taking
  • Provide GIS mapping support
  • Undertake habitat survey work on-farm and post-visit report preparation
  • Assist with the preparation of Countryside Stewardship and Woodland grant applications
  • Take telephone and other enquiries that are directed to the office
  • Assist in the delivery of Chris Seabridge & Associates Ltd and partner organisation events, where necessary.
  • Research and compile information to assist with technical queries and the development of new initiatives
  • Attend appropriate partnership meetings to contribute to the business’s work
  • Give talks to local farmer groups and societies to promote the understanding and appreciation of conservation within whole farm management
  • Build relationships with other environmental organisations, businesses, local authorities and agricultural advisory services
  • Complete appropriate reports, paperwork and general administration associated with the role

Personal Specification

Qualifications:

  • GCSEs at grades A‐C or equivalent in Maths and English (essential)
  • Degree (or equivalent) in either agriculture or environmental subject (essential)

Experience:

  • Familiar with agri‐environment schemes
  • Working or volunteering in agriculture or environment sectors
  • Basic botanical knowledge

Skills and ability:

  • Good personal communication skills
  • Well organised, enthusiastic and self‐motivated
  • Excellent report writing skills with an attention to detail (essential)
  • Good computer and IT skills including MS Office and Mapinfo or ArcGIS (essential)
  • Good at working as part of a team, but also happy to complete tasks alone
  • Full driving licence and use of own car (essential)

Knowledge and approach:

  • Confident and outgoing
  • Understanding of farming systems and issues
  • A basic working knowledge of agricultural funding (BPS, greening, cross compliance) and environmental legislation
  • Knowledge of relevant environmental and conservation issues (essential)
  • A willingness to work occasional flexible hours at evenings and weekends, when required.
  • Desire to develop existing and new skills
  • Keen interest in the natural environment, farming and land management

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, outlining why you are suitable for the post to chris@chrisseabridge.co.uk, including the job title as the subject


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