The Wye & Usk Foundation, working in partnership with Afonydd Cymru & West Wales Rivers Trust, are seeking a dynamic, capable and personable individual to take on the role of Catchment Adviser within West Wales to deliver agricultural projects and activities to aid in reducing diffuse agricultural pollution in the Tywi, Cleddau and Teifi catchments.
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 both the rivers and the farm business.
Catchment advisers will visit and offer advice to farms to identify sources of diffuse pollution, deliver appropriate farm advice and make recommendations where appropriate for improvements including capital works or land management to address pollution pathways.
Catchment advisers will utilise a variety of funding streams including Welsh Government grant schemes, 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 conservation of the natural environment, particularly rivers and streams. They are also good communicators with a strong background in agricultural advice and project delivery.
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 support as sources of funding for farms
- Liaising with farmers & contractors, composing/costing/implementing capital works
- Recording and reporting actions and project targets thoroughly and on time
- 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 and to a wide range of audiences.
- Self-starter able to work on your own without day-to-day supervision.
- Possessing good inter-personal skills, both face-to-face and over the phone.
- Reliability, with good attendance and work performance.
- Confidence to carry out lone working
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information shared during engagements with farmers.
- Excellent organisational/admin skills and attention to detail
- Good IT skills / maintaining a filing system
- Welsh speaking & writing or willingness to learn.
- FACTS / BASIS trained
- Experience in writing farm reports
- Knowledge of the west Wales catchment areas and farming systems
- Based in or near the catchment.
- Experience of cold-calling.
- 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 West Wales, Powys, Monmouthshire or Herefordshire. The appointed Catchment Advisers will work from the WUF office in Talgarth 1day a week and may be required to travel across our wide catchment area during any initial training period. After any initial training period is completed the advisers will, with ongoing support from WUF, engage with farmers and land-owners in target catchments primarily the Teifi and Twyi.
- Flexible working arrangements are available by mutual agreement.
- All Personal Protective Equipment and other necessary equipment will be supplied.
- It is hoped that further funding will be in place by August 2019 to be able to extend this role beyond the Fixed Term Contract.
Please submit CVs to Kate Speke-Adams [email protected]