Agricultural Advisor – Groundwater Catchments

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£27,540 pa plus pension

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: NTXSK690552

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

Closing date: Friday, 7th January 2022  

Agricultural Advisor – Groundwater Catchments
ST WT Catchment Partnership
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Salary £27,540 per annum plus pension
Full Time
Fixed term contract until March 2023 with the possibility of an extension

Can you help us improve water quality by using your knowledge of farming and wildlife?

Severn Trent Water and the West Midlands Wildlife Trusts are working with the Environment Agency and other partners on River catchments to tackle pollution in watercourses across catchment areas and to bring them into good ecological condition. An important part of this programme is to work with farmers and landowners to reduce diffuse agricultural pollution into rivers and streams and to tackle water quality in Severn Trent’s drinking water boreholes in the area. 

The post is suitable for experienced and enthusiastic Wildlife and Farming Officer to work on behalf of catchment Partnerships, funded through Severn Trent Water’s AMP 7 Catchment Management programme, and based across different county Wildlife Trusts. The post-holders will deliver a programme of farmer/agronomist training events and one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture, with a focus on pesticides and nutrients. The project will also include supporting farmers through the Severn Trent Water capital grant scheme in target areas of the groundwater catchments, in order to support farm infrastructure changes to reduce diffuse water pollution. You will also work with Trust staff and other partners in catchment areas to develop ideas and projects to improve watercourses for wildlife through habitat creation and management.

Severn Trent Water is the world’s fourth largest privately owned water company, listed on the FTSE 100 and serving 8 million customers. Severn Trent are always looking for improvements, and want to be known as the UK’s best water business. To achieve it we need can-do people who want to develop their skills.

The Wildlife Trusts are dynamic conservation charity, working at a local and regional level to secure a better future for wildlife and people, as well as working with local communities and campaigning for the natural world.

If you have a relevant degree and a minimum of two years’ experience of providing pollution reduction advice to farmers and landowners, a strong background in understanding water quality issues, lowland farming systems and wetland ecology, we would be very interested to hear from you.

A full driving licence and your own vehicle will be required as the post holder will often need to travel within and out of the county they choose to apply too. Some weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working will also be required.

Please do not include your date of birth on any correspondence.

Strictly no agency or further advertising enquiries will be accepted for this post.

Closes 5.00pm 7 January 2022 – we reserve the right to close the recruitment sooner if sufficient applications are received ahead of this date.
Expected Interview date: w/c 17 January, 2022

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