Landscape Advisor

Knepp Wildland Foundation

Horsham, with hybrid working and regular visits to sites across Sussex
£32,000 - £35,000 pro rata

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.kneppwildlandfoundation.org

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 29th February 2024   6 days left


Note: The deadline for this role has been extended and some of the details have been updated.

Location: Hybrid working role based at Knepp Wildland, Horsham, with regular visits to sites across Sussex

Working Hours: We are happy to consider applicants who are looking for a part time (4 days) or full-time role. Our full-time working week is 40 hours. We have a flexible approach to working hours. This role may include occasional evening and weekend work.

Salary: £32,000-35,000 pro rata, dependent on experience. This is an initial one-year fixed term contract. Secondments considered.

Contract Type: As this role is currently tied to a one-year grant, we are posting it as an initial fixed term contract. However, this is a critical position in a well-supported emerging project and it is our expectation that it will become a long-term position.

Weald to Waves is a visionary 100-mile nature recovery corridor across Sussex. Launched in 2021, we are a land manager-led partnership project coordinated by the Knepp Wildland Foundation. We bring together farmers, other landholders, communities, schools, businesses, councils, and services to create, connect and conserve a ribbon of nature-rich landscape from the forests of the High Weald to the kelp forests of the Sussex Bay. It is a nationally significant initiative, attracting funding and interest from a range of actors with influence over our natural world.

We are seeking a knowledgeable and dedicated Landscape Advisor to join our team. The Landscape Advisor will serve as a crucial link between our organisation and local farmers and land managers, providing guidance on various aspects of agricultural practices. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Sussex or southern regional landscape and experience of working with the farming sector. We are looking for someone with an active interest in natural capital, ecosystem services and Nature Recovery Networks.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site visits to farms and land projects to assess current practices, identify challenges, and understand goals
  • Help with farm pledges and onboarding
  • Support the creation of environmental land management plans and monitoring frameworks with an emphasis on harnessing natural capital and establishing ecosystem services
  • Support co-operation between different land managers to help create and enhance wildlife corridors and nature connectivity
  • Organise workshops, training sessions, resources and events for local land managers to share and enhance their knowledge and skills around nature recovery, addressing shared challenges and opportunities
  • Be a conduit for the latest advancements in agriculture, especially those related to preserving and enhancing natural resources
  • Act as a key point of contact and provide support to local farmer clusters and farmer-led initiatives that contribute positively to the environment and align with the goals of sustainable agriculture
  • Collaborate with land advisors from partner organisations to deliver effective advice along the Weald to Waves Corridor
  • Collaborate with national and regional schemes entities, including the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), to ensure that land managers in the corridor are informed about and engaged with evolving opportunities and legislation

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Professional or personal connection to Sussex and its landscape
  • Qualification in a field related to Agriculture or Environment studies
  • Strong working knowledge of farm management, sustainable farming practices and understanding of the farmer cluster approach
  • Experience delivering ecological enhancements in the UK
  • Ability to interpret ecological reports and data, GIS mapping, and land management plans
  • Working knowledge of natural capital, Environmental Land Management schemes and other funding mechanisms for environmental work
  • Experience of inspiring diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Background in partnership working
  • Confidence with emerging technologies

Please note:

Candidates will need their own vehicle and must have the right to work in the UK. All staff are required to comply with the requirements of Data Protection and GDPR, Health and Safety Regulations, our charity policies and code of conduct.

To apply, please submit your CV outlining your relevant experience and a cover letter OR a video of no more than 3 mins explaining your interest in the role and giving an example of a time your advice or support led to impact for nature.

Documents and video to be shared with or sent to [email protected]

Please note that due to the deadline extension, we will be running interviews on a rolling basis ahead of the deadline, so do submit applications as soon as you are ready. If you are keen to apply but are concerned about any of the role requirements, please feel free to email us, attaching your CV.

Application Deadline: 29th February 2024, 5pm.

Knepp Wildland Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences. If you require this information or wish to submit your application in a different format, please let us know.