Agricultural Projects Officer

Ribble Rivers Trust

Clitheroe, Lancashire
£24,000 - £28,000 pa dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01200 444452

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

Closing date: Friday, 18th September 2020   Closes today

The Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is a partner in a number of programmes across the Ribble catchment (including the Forest of Bowland AONB’s Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme, Tidal Ribble projects, and Facilitation Fund Groups in the Loud and in Ribblesdale), delivering a range of activities to improve the condition, management, and awareness of the Ribble Catchment. As part of these projects the Trust is looking to recruit a technically competent, dynamic, and enthusiastic person to deliver a range of agricultural and environmental projects aimed at improving the water quality and habitat of the Ribble Catchment. The projects will seek to collaborate with farmers to deliver work that will bring about agricultural and environmental improvements; ranging from advice, through to soil structure improvements, and the creation and enhancement of Natural Capital.

Working within the Land Management and Conservation Team, this role will carry out farm visits to identify infrastructure and management changes that will improve the water and wider environment of the Ribble Catchment. Such actions include items such as improving water separation, manure storage and management (including nutrient application) as well as grazing changes, and habitat creation (particularly riparian habitats including woodland). The role will oversee development and delivery of actions, and in some instances support other team members and partner organisations to undertake delivery.

There will also be involvement and delivery of training and knowledge sharing events. It will be expected that the role will also contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of farm advice, and activity evaluation and reporting.

The activities will be delivered through a range of funding sources, including Countryside Stewardship and other governmental funding streams, but also through private and charitable funding streams.

The Trust are therefore looking for a confident and clear communicator with experience in engaging and working with farmer and landowners and delivering projects that reduce diffuse pollution, create habitat, and support sustainable farm practices. The successful candidate should have experience in agriculture and land management (including catchment management), agri-environment schemes, landscape-scale conservation, Natural Capital and ecosystem services. It is desirable that they have an understanding of the Water Framework Directive. All though a FACTS and/or BASIS qualification is desirable, willingness to work towards these qualifications is key, as the Trust will consider funding such qualifications for the right candidate.

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Please note that the closing date for applications for this position is the 18th September 2020 and interviews will commence the 28th of September.

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