Sustainable Landscapes Officer


RSPB Cymru - HQ
£25,280 - £28,045 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 1st July 2021  

Sustainable Landscapes Officer
Reference: JUN20213108
Location: RSPB Cymru - HQ
Salary: £25,280 - £28,045 pa
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Duration: 6 months

Can you inspire and bring together others to develop, shape and advocate sustainable farming systems and ecosystem services for Wales’ countryside that will deliver for nature and people? Do you want to help sustain the Gwent Levels' historic landscape working with a highly skilled, motivated and enthusiastic team? 

Our vision is for a sustainable food and farming system that is good for people and good for nature. We want to see a system of farming across the Levels that sustains and restores farmland biodiversity as well as producing safe, healthy food, protects the natural resources of soil, air and water that farming itself depends on, provides income and employment for farmers and other workers in rural areas and contributing to a diverse rural economy. 

What is the role about?

Working in partnership to deliver projects that demonstrate and support sustainable land management, seek to positively influence future land management policy and establish and demonstrate potential delivery mechanisms within the context of the local landscape.

The project will also look to identify potential opportunities for Payment for Ecosystem Services schemes to be developed and established.

The main duties will include: 

  • Working with stakeholders, including project partners, farmers/land managers, education institutions, business and local communities to deliver the project goals.
  • Coordinate and integrate positive actions for nature and natural resources on a small number of farms to develop examples of ‘best practice’.
  • Help appoint appropriate external contractors/consultants and manage ongoing relationships with contractors/consultants and external stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of contracted work.
  • Contribute to, and coordinate the production of project reports, briefings and other material to further project objectives, especially Best Practice Advice and Guidance.
  • Work with relevant project/partner staff to facilitate and deliver stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Develop and deliver, in conjunction with project/partner staff and stakeholders, an advocacy strategy to disseminate project findings to key audiences including decision makers. 
  • Working with colleagues to ensure project aims, outputs and outcomes are closely aligned with those of the RSPB.

Other Duties: 

  • Give talks and attend demonstrations and events designed to promote the project.
  • Deal with media & general enquiries regarding the project.
  • Provide articles promoting the work of the project as necessary.
  • Liaise with other similar projects.

We expect you to carry out your job responsibilities in an environmentally aware manner, ensuring as little damage to the environment as possible. We aim to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently. You will be expected to apply ‘sound value for money' principles in purchasing or supplying goods and services. 

What we need from you

We are looking for a professional, persuasive and engaging individual with a sound understanding of current agricultural policy, and credibility within the farming community. They should have the skills and personality to be able to support and facilitate the existing dynamic coalition of farmers, farming representatives/unions, agri-businesses, statutory bodies and NGOs, to shape and develop sustainable farming and ecosystem services for this area of Wales, that is good for people and good for nature. 

The successful candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Are you able to travel to remote locations without the use of public transport?
  • An understanding of key conservation, land use/management issues affecting Wales.
  • Experience of engaging and working with farmers/land managers.
  • Experience of appointing and managing contractors.
  • Experience of delivering outcomes within a project management framework.
  • Previous experience of managing project budgets, including monitoring and reporting against project activities.
  • Experience of writing briefings and reports.
  • Ability to work within a diverse partnership. 

This is a fixed-term appointment until the end of January 2022 - This could be a Secondment opportunity!

Closing date: 23:59, 01 July 2021
We are actively recruiting for this role and reserve the right to close this advert at any time.

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