Farm Advisor - Severn Uplands

Severn Rivers Trust

Welshpool, Powys
£22,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 07392856223 Melissa Hoskings

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 24th August 2018   3 days left

Post Title: Farm Advisor- Severn Uplands
Responsible To: Senior Catchment Officer
Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
Duration: 15 months until December 2019 (potential for extension subject to funding)
Salary: £22,000 per annum, Plus Pension
Location: Based at Severn Rivers Trust, 42 Broad Street, Welshpool, SY21 7RR with limited travel to Severn Rivers Trust office in Martley, Worcestershire, WR6 6QF.

Job Purpose

This post is suitable for an experienced and enthusiastic farm advisor to work on behalf of Severn Rivers Trust and deliver a programme of works part-funded by Natural Resources Wales aimed at reducing diffuse pollution on dairy farms in the Severn Uplands.

The post-holder will deliver a programme of farmer training events, one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture, with a focus on dairy farm practices, including slurry management, and soil management for maize crops.

The post-holder will aim to raise awareness, improve understanding and acceptance amongst farmers and land managers of diffuse pollution from agriculture and its impact on water quality and the wider water environment.

Engagement with farmers in targeted areas of the Severn Uplands will seek to create through a voluntary approach, a sense of ownership and achievement within the farming community in relation to water quality in the catchment.

Working with the farming community the post-holder will produce whole farm plans and deliver capital works on farms that will provide cost-beneficial outcomes for the project and the farm alike. Engaging farmers to undertake cover cropping and land under maize and reduce soil erosion to nearby watercourses.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with farmers to find opportunities to improve infrastructure and change land management practices, underpinned by a need to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution to surface water.
  • Administer and deliver a capital works to part-fund farmyard infrastructure improvements.
  • Supporting farmers and encouraging them to undertake a series of techniques to reduce soil erosion.
  • Provide practical advice on soil and nutrient management and follow this up with multiple visits to increase the likelihood of change.
  • Co-ordinate, deliver and participate in 12 events to help with the promotion and awareness raising of the core messages and schemes of the programme.
  • Deliver an advertising campaign to engage 1800 people.
  • Plan and deliver training events, sessions and develop partnerships to meet local training needs in relation to water quality.
  • Promote, engage and seek participation in the project.
  • Provide advice and support for scheme participants.
  • Administer and verify scheme activity.
  • Maintain simple system of evaluation and feedback from farmers and land managers.
  • Prepare and submit monthly progress reports to ensure adequate monitoring of the programme, engagement activity and scheme take up into a Farmer Engagement Database.
  • Contribute to annual reporting schedules.
  • Participate in relevant Severn Rivers Trust water environment initiatives, programmes and projects during the period of the contract, in particular creating a number of local volunteer groups.
  • Participate in relevant partner activities where these are complimentary to the core programme, assist in the development of water environment focussed projects in target areas.
  • Signpost farmers and landowners to relevant external funding sources or specialist advice.
  • Through the work above, support landowners in satisfying cross-compliance, the Code of Good Agricultural Practice and the Silage Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil Regulations.
  • Promote joined up thinking in the catchment through effective communication with other delivery officers, including Natural Resources Wales,
  • Carry out all duties and responsibilities with reasonable care for the health and safety of oneself and any other persons and co-operate fully with the Severn Rivers Trust in health and safety matters.
  • Some of this work may be required to be performed out of normal office hours.

Essential Knowledge and Experience

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of farmyard infrastructure;
  • Degree or equivalent qualification, or 5 years’ experience in land management;
  • Knowledge of agriculture;
  • Previous experience in delivering conservation projects in an agricultural setting;
  • Experience of environmental legislation relating to the farmed environment;
  • A thorough understanding of agricultural systems and the agricultural calendar;
  • Experience of delivering projects on time, to budget and in line with agreed outputs and outcomes;
  • Computer literate in all basic software packages;
  • Must have a full driving licence and use of a vehicle for work;
  • Experience in producing and using Risk Assessments and Lone working procedures.

Desirable Experience & Knowledge

  • Knowledge of designated site protection, status and assessments;
  • Agricultural business management and planning;
  • FACTS and BASIS Soil and Water qualifications;
  • Knowledge of pesticide products, sustainable crop protection and integrated pest management;
  • Experience of advising upon Countryside Stewardship applications;
  • Understanding and experience of using GIS, geodatabases to record and interrogate outputs.


  • Excellent communicator with proven track record in developing strong working relationships with farmers, landowners and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to provide clear, concise written material in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences;
  • Strong at diplomacy and negotiation;
  • Excellent time management and the ability to prioritise a varied workload;
  • An ability to work with minimal supervision.


Severn Rivers Trust

Further information can be found on our web site:


Please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Melissa Hoskings, Head of Land Management at the Severn Rivers Trust

Deadline for applications Friday 24th August 2018 at 5pm.

Selection and Assessment

The candidates who appear to best meet the person specification will be invited to attend for interview. We recommend that applicants pay particular attention to demonstrating how they meet the person specification detailed above.

The assessment will consist of an interview designed to give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and suitability for the post. Details will be sent to short-listed candidates.

Interviews on Monday 3rd September 2018 at Severn Rivers Trust Head Office, Unit 5, Hope House Farm Barns, Hope House Lane, Martley, Worcs, WR6 6QF.


All our offers of employment are made, subject to some pre-employment checks including: Satisfactory References, checks on eligibility to work in the United Kingdom, Checks on relevant certificates.

Probationary Period

The Severn Rivers Trust operates a probationary period for all employees joining the Trust, which is in place to see whether you are able to meet the standards of the job. This will be a period of 3 months.


Your initial salary will be based on your skills, knowledge and experience, and progression will be based on your performance. You will be paid monthly in arrears by credit transfer to a bank or building society account.


You will be based at Severn Rivers Trust, 42 Broad Street, Welshpool, SY21 7RR.

Hours of Work

Our employees work a 37.5-hour week (Full-time).

Holiday Entitlement

Our holiday year runs from January to December. Part-time employees get 28 days holiday per year (pro rata) plus bank holidays.


You will be automatically enrolled in the Severn Rivers Trust Stakeholder Pension Scheme, though you may opt out. The employee contributes 4% and the Trust contribute 6% (increasing to 7% in January 2019).


If you choose to leave the Trust you will be required to give three months’ notice once your probationary period is complete.

Equal Opportunities

Severn Rivers Trust is committed to equal opportunities and appoints on merit. We welcome applicants from all sections of society regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, marital status, age and religion, perceived community background or political beliefs.

Responding to Applications

Thank you for showing an interest in this job and for taking the time to apply. Unfortunately, due to administration costs borne by the charity, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The purpose of this information is solely to provide prospective candidates with details relating to the post. It may not be construed as an offer of employment, nor does it form part of the contract of employment or the role profile.

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