Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officers x4

Environment Agency

Hampshire, East Sussex and West Sussex
£28,785 pa pro rata

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 29th June 2022   Closes today

Do you have a good knowledge of agriculture or other regulation in England and want to improve our natural environment? Would you like to be at the forefront of agricultural change? This is an exciting opportunity as we are recruiting several new officers in Solent and South Downs to undertake regulatory inspections of farms.

Agricultural practices can cause significant and chronic pollution to our precious water environment, often caused by leaks of slurry and silage effluent, and other materials, stored and spread on farms.

We are looking for dynamic individuals, ideally with experience and understanding of agriculture or other regulatory activity, to work with farmers to increase their levels of compliance with existing environmental regulations. This will help safeguard and improve the future environment.

In this role you will:

  • carry out targeted farm visits
  • engage with farmers to influence them to change their practice, which may involve difficult conversations
  • collect data and report findings
  • be willing to undertake regulatory enforcement action and, when needed, prosecutions and the serving of notices

Many skills are transferrable and training will be provided.

The team

As a team member in one of the Environment Agency’s Area Land and Water teams, based at various locations in Solent and South Downs, you will carry out targeted farm inspections to help improve farmer behaviours with respect to their local environment. You will be part of an operational team that is integral to delivering real environmental improvements.

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development.

Experience/skills required

The following skills are desirable:

  • experience of working with farmers, on farms, the agriculture sector or other regulation
  • an understanding of the complexities and challenges of working UK farms
  • excellent communication and influencing skills
  • an ability to have challenging conversations

You must have:

  • a full UK driving licence
  • IT skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel), be comfortable using an iPad and a laptop on a daily basis, and be able to input inspection findings into systems.

We welcome applications for part-time hours to support flexible working. However, where required, this role will involve a 2-month (virtual) training period following appointment during which successful applicants will be required to work full-time hours.

Additional information

These roles will be based at Pevensey, Worthing, Chichester or Romsey in the Solent and South Downs Area, England. Further information can be found in the candidate pack.

You may be required to attend in hours incidents and can volunteer for out of hours incident working.

Vehicle transport will be provided to allow site inspections.

The Environment Agency values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community who wish to join a workforce which embraces difference and welcomes everyone.

For enquires please contact [email protected].

Interviews will be hosted by video in July.

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