Organisation Name: Wye & Usk Foundation, Wye Valley AONB Partnership and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Job Title: Catchment Adviser
Purpose: To develop and deliver on-farm advice
Starting salary: £23k- £28k plus pension and expenses
Hours: 37-40 hours/week
Contract: Fixed Term to March 2021 (With potential to extend beyond)
We seek dynamic, capable and personable individuals to take on additional Catchment Adviser roles within Herefordshire*. The role entails working with farmers and a broad range of project partners to identify and implement changes in land use practices that will have benefits to our river systems.
Catchment advisers will visit and offer advice to farms to identify sources of diffuse pollution arising from land management, deliver appropriate advice and make recommendations where appropriate for improvements including capital works or adoption of new management practices.
Catchment advisers utilise a variety of funding streams including the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, to allow implementation of recommendations and deliver the dual purpose of protecting watercourses whilst also realising cost savings or efficiencies on the farm.
Successful Catchment advisers are exceptional self-starters, passionate about agriculture as well as conservation of the natural environment, particularly our rivers and streams.
Catchment advisers are responsible for the day to day delivery of specified projects including but not limited to:
- Cold-calling landowners, visiting farms and identifying and prioritising opportunities for improvements
- Collating and writing whole farm plans
- Identifying appropriate grant funding to support implementation of advice
- Liaising with farmers & contractors, composing/costing/implementing capital works
- Recording and reporting actions and project targets thoroughly and on time
- Assisting with organisation/delivery of on farm knowledge transfer events
- Any other duties as reasonably required.
- Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use
- Degree level or equivalent in environmental sciences/agriculture/conservation management or similar. Equivalent related experience will be considered as highly as academic qualifications.
- Demonstrable experience of successful practical project delivery and/or farmer engagement.
- In-depth knowledge of farming activities and agri-environment schemes.
- Excellent communications skills and ability to convey complex information simply and concisely to a wide range of audiences.
- Self-starter able to work on your own without day-to-day supervision.
- Reliability, with good attendance and work performance.
- Confidence to carry out lone working
- Excellent organisational/admin skills and attention to detail
- BASIS Soil & Water and/or FACTS qualified
- Experience in report writing
- Knowledge of Herefordshire and the Wye catchment
- Based in or near the catchment
- Experience of cold-calling
- Knowledge of UK flora and fauna and river habitats
- On appointment the successful candidates will be mentored by the Wye & Usk Foundation’s experienced Catchment Advisers, with opportunities to shadow them during visits in Herefordshire, Powys or Monmouthshire. After any initial training period is completed the advisers will engage with farmers and land-owners in target areas within the Wye catchment.
- *The advisors are predominantly based in Herefordshire covering the English part of the Wye Catchment. One role will extend downstream into the Gloucestershire part of Wye Catchment.
- Flexible working arrangements are available by mutual agreement.
- All Personal Protective Equipment and other necessary equipment will be supplied.It is intended that further funding will be in place by March 2021 to be able to extend this role beyond the Fixed Term Contract. However there is currently no guarantee of this.
- One advisor will cover the Lugg catchment, based with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Queenswood, near Leominster. Two advisors will be based with the Wye Valley AONB Unit, Monmouth, covering the Garron catchment and Lower Wye. The posts are funded through the RDPE Water Environment Grant – Restoring Our Amazing River project.
Please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Kate Speke-Adams