U.K./Commonwealth/E.E.A. nationals: Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer

Natural England
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job


This position is based in Leeds and York

Job description

The team
The Yorkshire & northern Lincolnshire Area Team within Natural England stretches from the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines river systems in the west across to the Hull catchments in the east and the river Don catchment to the south. Catchment Sensitive Farming helps support a range of environmental outcomes on water and air for the area, alongside other activities such as agri-environment schemes, statutory planning work, regulation and enforcement. The team engages with a wide range of partners and customers, including AHDB, CFE and Yorkshire Water in delivering best practice advice and innovative approaches to reduce water and air pollution from agriculture. The work also contributes to the Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment, delivering the outcomes of the Water Framework Directive.
Job description
Natural England continues to deliver Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) in partnership with Defra and the Environment Agency. CSF operates through a network of Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers (CSFOs) and local partners in each priority catchment. CSF aims to help meet Water Framework Directive targets and drinking water quality standards by reducing diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA).

The role of the CSFO is to

Evaluate diffuse water pollution issues within specific catchments;
Work in priority areas to develop and lead CSF training advice and campaigns for farmers and landowners;
Secure ownership and solutions in specific areas on key pollution issues;
Work with CSF air quality lead in promoting and advising on good practice to reduce agricultural emissions;
Drive delivery through specialist training and advice, advocating and through providing support and advice on the delivery of Countryside Stewardship where appropriate;
Work with partners and stakeholders to deliver a joined up approach in catchments with diffuse water pollution issues;
Work with the contract manager to provide timely information on tenders for group events and farm advice, monitoring quality and success;
Record and evaluate interactions and advice provided to identify effectiveness of interventions.
The role will mainly involve site and farm visits and partnership working in and around North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.


Competence 1

Professional competency


Personal Effectiveness (Practitioner)


- Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective;
- Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence;
- Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

Competence 2

Professional competency


Putting People at the Heart (Practitioner)


- Listen to and understand our diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and Natural England
- Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims

Competence 3

Professional competency


Creating Resilient Landscapes and Seas (Practitioner)


- Manage the use of external suppliers to deliver high quality targeted advice using the Farm Advice Framework
- Recognise and identify farming practices which can cause diffuse water pollution from agriculture
- Recognise and identify the effects of diffuse water pollution from agriculture
- Understand and apply the Water Framework Directive to your work
- Understand and select most appropriate measures, including working with partners, to address diffuse water pollution from agriculture at source, pathway and receptor for individual sites

Competence 4

Professional competency


Work Delivery (Practitioner)


- Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines

Competence 5

Professional competency


Working Safely (Practitioner)


- Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do


Please refer to job description


Current Full driving licence


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


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People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Please refer to job description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name :
Sarah Maughan

Email :

Telephone :
07785 447420


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