Closing date: Friday, 15th March 2024
Job Title Senior Farm Advisor
Job Location Home based, with frequent travel and site visits throughout the catchment. The position holder must reside within the Bristol Avon catchment area
Contract 12 months, with a view to extension, subject to funding
Hours Full time, 5 days per week (40 hours per week / 1 FTE). The role may sometimes require evening and weekend work. Part time hours may be considered
Holiday 25 days per year pro rata (in addition to bank and public holidays)
Line Report to Head of Operations
Effective landscape restoration requires data driven decisions. At Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), we work in partnership with landowners, businesses, community groups, local government and their advisers for the natural environment to identify and deliver interventions to make our catchment richer and more resilient to pressures. We are looking for a person to join our expanding team to identify habitats and species worth protecting—identify opportunities for habitat creation, expansion, and improvement across the Bristol Avon catchment —from the headwaters of sub-catchments, right down to the lowland floodplains of North Somerset and the Severn Vale.
We are a growing Trust, with big ambitions for the Bristol Avon and its tributaries. This new role is a key addition to our team, who focus on solving environmental problems with nature-based solutions. Working to support and advise colleagues, you will be out in the field conducting surveys, walkovers, and site visits—to help both gather evidence of issues and build habitat improvement projects that offer multiple benefits to important ecosystem services such as natural flood management, carbon capture and storage, and water stewardship to support a biodiverse and resilient catchment. In addition to this, the Senior Farm Advisor role will involve the development of whole farm plans, desk based work to continue on from opportunities discussed in the field, including the production of outline designs allowing the Trust to take plans forward to delivery phase. This role will involve the management and oversight of certain projects and their budgets, as well as completing grant applications with landowners, and therefore the role will involve a good proportion of working from home as well as being out in the field.
This position will the Trusts’ representative at the West Of England Agricultural Group and will contribute to the Trust’s growing farm advisor work, with a focus on scoping the delivery of wildlife friendly agricultural advice and land management, in order to further the Trust’s goals to restore wildlife and connect people with nature across the Bristol Avon catchment.
BART’s ambition is for our soil and water resources to be managed sustainably to enable food production alongside functioning ecosystems and wildlife rich habitats, and we strive for our local communities, decision-makers, landowners, and business to work collectively to protect and enhance the health of our rivers.
To identify new landowners and farm managers that BART can help advise or support in the management of wildlife friendly farming and land management practices; with a focus on clusters of farmers, and owners of large estates, and working in our priority catchments alongside partners and other eNGO’s.
To identify new opportunities for BART to expand its landowner engagement work, such as:
An example working week is very diverse and could involve organising farm events, undertaking farm walkover surveys to identify opportunities for landscape recovery, monitoring farm trials, leading farm cluster groups, as well as desk-based elements of writing whole farm plans, managing project budgets, identifying funding routes and developing grant funding applications to support farmers in taking action.
Where you’ll be working
BART is a charitable organisation focussed on protecting and improving rivers and waterways across the Bristol Avon Catchment. We operate across North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and Northeast Somerset and Wiltshire, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, local authorities, the water industry, private landowners and their tenants, charitable organisations, and community interest groups. You will be working across the range of landscapes and habitats in the Bristol Avon catchment. There will be a mix of working from home and across the river catchment.
Who we are looking for
BART is looking for a candidate with a sound understanding of agricultural land management from both a yard infrastructure and compliance perspective as well as a sound understanding of environmental measures such as those included within Countryside Stewardship and the Sustainable Farming Incentive. You will have excellent communication skills and a down to earth approach towards working with people. You will be self-motivated and able to work across a number of environments including from home, can manage competing deadlines, and deliver tasks to a high standard and provide line management to BART’s Farm Advisor. You must have a clean full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle.
Above all, you will be committed to our agenda as a Trust, what we stand for, and what we want to achieve.
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Skills and Qualifications
Standard Terms & Conditions
The closing date for applications for this role is Friday 15th March.
Interviews will be held using video conferencing week commencing Monday 18th and 25th March.
How to Apply
To apply please email your CV and a covering letter detailing your experience relevant to the role to [email protected] before the closing date.
We look forward to receiving your application.
If you would like an informal conversation about this role, or if you would like more information, please contact us at: [email protected] and we will arrange a convenient time for a discussion.