Farm Advisor x3 (Upper Teme)

Severn Rivers Trust

Martley, Worcestershire / Craven Arms, Shropshire
£22,000 - £27,500 pa (depending on experience)

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 26th April 2019   5 days left

Post Title: Farm Advisor
Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
Duration: until 31st March 2021 (potential for extension subject to funding)
Salary: £ 22,000-£27,500 per annum, Plus Pension (depending on experience)


1x Farm Advisor (Clun catchment) to be on secondment to Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership office, Craven Arms, SY7 9ET.

1x Farm Advisor (Teme) based at Severn Rivers Trust office in Martley, Worcestershire, WR6 6QF.

1x Farm advisor (Onny) based at 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 funded by Defra aimed at reducing diffuse pollution on farms in the Upper Teme Catchment (Teme, Onny and Clun).

The post-holder will deliver a programme of one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture.

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 Upper Teme Catchment (Teme, Onny and Clun) 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 to inform the delivery of capital works on farms that will provide cost-beneficial outcomes for the project and the farm alike. Engaging farmers to undertake sustainable soil, nutrient and pesticide management to reduce runoff to pathways and 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.
  • Undertake farm advice visits and identify runoff sources, pathways and receptors
  • Prepare a series of Farm Nutrient and Sediment Runoff Reduction plans supported by field-scale maps
  • Liaise with partner organisations to inform farm 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.
  • Undertake on-farm soil sampling at selected sites and liaise with contracted testing facilities and farmers
  • Co-ordinate, deliver and participate in events to help with the promotion and awareness raising of the core messages and schemes of the programme.
  • Plan and deliver on-farm events, sessions and develop partnerships 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 6 monthly reporting schedules.
  • Participate in relevant Severn Rivers Trust water environment initiatives, programmes and projects during the period of the contract.
  • 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 England and Environment Agency.
  • 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 farm infrastructure;
  • Degree or equivalent qualification, or 4 years’ experience in land management;
  • BASIS Soil and Water qualification
  • Knowledge of agriculture;
  • Experience of environmental legislation relating to the farmed environment;
  • A thorough understanding of agricultural systems and the agricultural calendar;
  • Understanding and experience of using GIS, geodatabases to record and interrogate outputs
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Previous experience in delivering conservation projects in an agricultural setting;
  • Agricultural business management and planning;
  • FACTS qualification
  • Knowledge of pesticide products, sustainable crop protection and integrated pest management;
  • Experience of advising upon Countryside Stewardship applications;


  • 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 at 5pm on Friday 26th April 2019.

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 Thursday 2nd May 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.


Officers covering the Teme and Onny will be based at Severn Rivers Trust, Martley, Worcestershire, WR6 6QF.

Officer covering the Clun will be based at Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership office, Craven Arms, SY7 9ET

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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