Agricultural Advisor (Conservation - River Catchments / Watercourses)

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

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

Closing date: Wednesday, 31st August 2022  

Agricultural Advisor (Conservation - River Catchments / Watercourses) 

Severn Trent/Wildlife Trust Catchment Partnership 

For Teme Catchment 

Salary: £29,449 per annum plus pension

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Full time, contract until the end of March 2025

Closing Date: 31st August 2022

Interview dates: 8th and/or 16th September

Can you help us improve water quality by using your knowledge of farming and wildlife? Looking to enhance your career and gain valuable experience in the sector of land and catchment management? Then we hope this opportunity fits the bill.

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 an experienced and enthusiastic Agricultural Advisor to work on behalf of catchment Partnerships, funded through Severn Trent Water’s Catchment Management programme, and based across different County Wildlife Trusts. The post-holder 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. The project will also include supporting farmers through the Severn Trent Water capital grant scheme, STEPS within the Teme catchment, in order to support farm infrastructure and land management 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 a 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.

About Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) works across Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin) to confront the ‘triple emergency’ of climate crisis, ecological crisis, and people’s inequitable connection with nature. We combine advocacy and campaigning with projects to restore nature and to engage people. We manage 41 nature reserves, and we have 46 staff, 500 volunteers, and over 9000 members. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are increasingly working collectively as part of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) to ensure that our local actions have a national impact and help to address global issues.

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