Catchment Advisor - Tyne and Wear

Northumbrian Water Ltd

Darlington, Durham or Washington
£29,574 - £36,967 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, water & hydrology

Closing date: Tuesday, 22nd June 2021  

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced agricultural specialist to join our Catchment Team. In this position you will be the company’s internal and external stakeholder point of contact for the River Tyne and River Wear catchments, delivering our catchment management initiatives to ensure the protection of water resources now and into the future.

With a background of working with the agricultural sector, and by building relationships at the local farm level, you will provide on-farm advice that supports sustainable farming and the adoption of good farming practices in order to minimise pollutants reaching local watercourses. You will develop a thorough understanding of your catchments and be able to identify and address risks to the provision of clean, safe and sustainable drinking water.

A focus of your work will be delivering our South Tyne Holistic Water Management Project, working with external partners to tackle a range of pollutants including metals and sediment in the South Tyne catchment. For this you will need experience in working with a range of stakeholders to deliver on the ground initiatives to address sources of pollution, as well as confidence in approaching and working with farmers in upland catchments.

We are seeking an individual with strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills in order to develop good relationships and partnerships with farmers, landowners, agronomists, regulators, local authorities and NGOs. You’ll be confident attending meetings and events as a representative of Northumbrian Water.

You will also help maintain the company’s catchment risk assessments and investigate sources of point and diffuse water pollution from a range of substances including pesticides and cryptosporidium, through the collection and analysis of water quality sample data and land use risk assessments.

About you

You’ll be approachable and engaging, with a strong working knowledge of agri-environment schemes and demonstrable experience of giving farm advice. With excellent presentation skills, you’ll be IT literate and familiar with using a GIS application.

We need you to be proactive in order to manage and prioritise your own workload, with a mixture of office-based activity, organising and attending meetings, organising events for farmers, as well as conducting farm advice visits. Given the nature of this role we need you to be flexible and travel around Northumbrian Water’s operating area so you’ll need a full driving licence.

Ideally, although not essential, you’ll hold a BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection or Soil & Water, and be FACTS qualified. You’ll also be educated to a minimum of HNC or equivalent in agricultural science, agronomy or a related subject.

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