Moor Associations Coordinator - Somerset

FWAG South West

Wellington, Somerset
£28,000 - £32,000 FTE

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.fwagsw.org.uk ben.thorne@fwagsw.org.uk 01823 660684 Ben Thorne

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

Closing date: Monday, 25th March 2019   2 days left


Moor Associations Coordinator – Part time fixed term position until March 2022 based in the FWAG SouthWest Wellington Office

Salary: £28,000 - 32,000 FTE (15- 22.5 Hours / 2-3 days per week - with flexible working)

Background

The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West is a leading provider of advice and support to the farming and land managing community in Somerset and across the region. It is a charity that seeks to combine commercial land management with environmental delivery.

Co-Adapt is an EU Interreg funded project to look at how different areas in SW England, Flanders, the Netherlands and NE France can adapt to the challenges presented by climate change to the water management. A key part of this approach is to involve the communities affected by climate change to be involved in the design of adaptation options and use nature-based solutions. The Project is match funded locally by the Somerset Rivers Authority. The funding is not affected by the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Somerset Levels and Moors is a large wetland area with a complex range of flooding, farming and nature issues. It has multiple environmental designations, complex flood management infrastructure, small settlements and active farm and other rural businesses. The Levels is split up into different low-lying ‘Moors’, separated by higher ground, that have distinct hydrological and natural character.

In Somerset, the Co-Adapt project will bring together Somerset Wildlife Trust – working on the development of climate change adaptation pathways at a local level, Somerset County Council – leading community engagement and building resilience, and FWAG SouthWest – liaising with farmers and other land-based businesses to implement adaptation measures at farm and whole moor level.

The Role

The post will suit someone who has a vision to see land managers and owners on the Somerset Levels and Moors work together to achieve solutions to shared challenges in the wetland landscape.

The concept of independent Moor Associations is not yet formally established but emerged in the 20 Year Somerset Flood Action Plan (FAP) following the major flooding event in 2014. The FAP outlined a number of measures throughout the catchments of the Somerset Levels and Moors to reduce flood risk and build resilience to flooding. One of the longer-term actions put forward was the need for land managers and owners on individual moors to work together in a more coordinated way to help cope with and adapt to the challenges presented by future climatic uncertainty, declining central government investment and the costs of maintaining the flood management infrastructure. The Moor Associations concept has already been tested in certain parts of the Levels and the approach will be rolled out under the Co-Adapt Project.

The role will encourage land mangers/owners to work together on individual moors for mutual benefit by forming groups like independent Moor Associations. It will facilitate the coming together, setting up and running of the groups on different moors.

Closing date for applications: 25th March 2019 5pm (GMT)
Interview date: Wednesday 10th April 2019, in Wellington, Somerset

Candidates must cover their own travel expenses to attend the interview

Due to the large number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Applicants that do not secure an interview will not be contacted but receipt of all applications received by email will be acknowledged.

Applications must be made by application form to be considered. You may submit a CV to support your application if you wish.

For an application pack please visit: www.fwagsw.org.uk/Page or contact Ben Thorne (ben.thorne@fwagsw.org.uk)

These posts are funded through EU Interreg and Somerset Rivers Authority


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