Catchment Adviser

South East Wales Rivers Trust

River Ely and Vale of Glamorgan
£20,000 - £25,000 pa pro rata Depending on experience

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

tony.rees@sewrt.org

Sectors: water & hydrology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 31st March 2019  


Catchment Adviser  

Type of post: Three days per week initially with possible extension to full time

The post is currently funded for twelve Months.

Leave entitlement: Pro rata to working hours; 25 days annually based on 3 days per week.

Interviews: Will take place on the 9th April 2019 at St Mellons Cardiff.

We are seeking to further expand our team with the appointment of a Catchment Adviser to deliver agricultural projects to aid in reducing diffuse agricultural pollution in the River Ely and Vale of Glamorgan catchments. The successful candidate will work with farmers and statutory bodies to deliver projects which improve soil health, support natural flood management, reduce pesticide and nutrient losses, improve farmyard infrastructure and enhance watercourse management. Catchment Advisers will visit farms and deliver advice via written reports making recommendations for improvements including capital works and/or land management practices. The successful candidate will be able to identify funding opportunities through a variety of funding streams including Welsh Government’s agricultural grants to allow implementation of recommendations and deliver the dual purpose of protecting watercourses whilst also realising cost savings on the farm.

Successful Catchment Advisors are exceptional self-starters and passionate about the conservation of the natural environment, particularly rivers and streams. They are also good communicators with a strong background in agricultural advice and project delivery.

The role of the Catchment Adviser includes: 

  • Visiting farms, either through cold calling or existing contacts, and establishing long term working relationships with land owners to help improve local water quality and wildlife habitats.
  • Carrying out yard infrastructure assessments, soil structure assessments, soil testing, and surveying watercourses, etc on farms.
  • Providing support and making recommendations, where appropriate, for improvements including capital works, soil management, grazing management, cultivation techniques, habitat improvements and natural flood management. This will need to respect agricultural legislation, including SSAFO, in order to address pollution pathways as well as to enhance the profitability and or sustainability of the farming business.
  • Writing farm reports that summarise recommendations made, including calculations showing associated costs of capital investment or management changes.
  • Recording and reporting actions and project targets thoroughly and on time.
  • Working in partnership with local organisations to deliver project work including on farm events. Building sustainable relationships with Welsh Government, NRW, Councils, funding bodies, etc.
  • Assisting with the preparation of grant applications and expression of interest to a variety of funding streams including the Welsh Government Small Grant scheme, Sustainable Production Grant and Farm Business Grant to financially support recommendations and deliver the dual purpose of protecting watercourses whilst also supporting farm business.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Essential:

  • Degree or equivalent in environmental sciences/agriculture/conservation management or similar. Equivalent related experience will be considered as highly as academic qualifications.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful practical project delivery and/or farmer engagement.
  • In-depth knowledge of farming activities and understanding of soil health.
  • Experience of environmental legislation relating to the farmed environment
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to convey complex information simply and concisely and to a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven track record in developing strong working relationships with farmers, landowners and other stakeholder
  • Dynamic and motivated and be able to confidently work independently without day-to-day supervision
  • Reliability, with good attendance and work performance
  • Excellent organisational/admin skills and attention to detail
  • Good IT skills / maintaining a filing system
  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use

Desirable: 

  • BASIS Soil & Water qualification.
  • FACTS qualification.
  • Knowledge of the local catchment areas and farming systems
  • Based near or in the catchment
  • Knowledge of undertaking applications for Welsh Governments agricultural grant schemes.
  • Further Information:
  • Flexible working arrangements are available by mutual agreement.
  • Automatic enrolment in the South East Wales Rivers Trust Pension Scheme, though you may opt out. The employee contributes 4% and the Trust contribute 6%.
  • The South East Wales 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.
  • On appointment the successful candidates will be mentored for an initial period, length dependent on level of experience, by experienced Catchment Advisers; shadowing them during visits.
  • The new Adviser will be required to work on both the Taff Catchment (River Ely, mainly) and occasionally in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • Staff development is a key SEWRT ethos, so opportunities for training and personal development are supported by the Trust.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to Anthony Rees: tony.rees@sewrt.org by Sunday 31st March.


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