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 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
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.