Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is a lead and a partner in a number of programmes across the Ribble catchment including; the Forest of Bowland AONB’s Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme, Tidal Ribble project, Loud Phosphate and NFM project, Facilitation Fund Group in Ribblesdale and Lancashire Woodland Connect. RRT is delivering a range of activities to improve the condition, management, and awareness of the Ribble Catchment. As part of these projects the Trust is looking to recruit a technically competent, dynamic, and enthusiastic person to deliver a range of agricultural and environmental projects aimed at improving the water quality and habitat of the Ribble Catchment. The projects seek to collaborate with farmers to deliver work that will bring about agricultural and environmental improvements; ranging from advice around nutrients, to soil structure improvements, and the creation and enhancement of Natural Capital.
Working within the Land Management and Conservation Team, this role will carry out farm visits to identify infrastructure and management changes that will support farm productivity and improve the water and wider environment of the Ribble Catchment. Such actions include items such as improving water separation, manure storage and management (including nutrient application) as well as grazing changes, and habitat creation (particularly riparian habitats including woodland). The role will oversee development and delivery of actions, and in some instances support other team members and partner organisations to undertake delivery.
There will also be involvement and delivery of training and knowledge sharing events. It will be expected that the role will also contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of farm advice, and activity evaluation and reporting.
The role requires a confident and clear communicator with experience in engaging and working with farmers and landowners and delivering projects that reduce diffuse pollution, create habitat, and support sustainable farm practices, particularly recognising the positive role that farming has to play in tackling the climate emergency. The successful candidate should have experience in agriculture and land management, agri-environment schemes, landscape-scale conservation, Natural Capital and ecosystem services. It is desirable that they have an understanding of the Water Framework Directive. Although a FACTS and/or BASIS qualification is desirable, willingness to work towards these qualifications is key, as the Trust will consider funding such qualifications for the right candidate.
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Please note the closing date for this position is 27/05/2021 with interviews week commencing 07/06/2021.