Farming and Conservation Officer

£25,000 FT pa plus pension, with scope to increase subject to performance and development

This is an exciting role for a candidate familiar with agriculture and/or land management wishing to make a real difference to the water quality and habitat of the Rivers Swale, Ure Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe and their catchment.

The successful candidate will work on a range of projects, involving one to one farm visits, to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture. They will play an active role working with farmers, contractors, partner organisations, volunteers and other Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust staff to deliver land management and river restoration projects.

The post-holder will aim to raise awareness of and improve understanding amongst farmers and land managers of diffuse pollution from agriculture and its impact on water quality and the wider water environment. By forming new farming clusters, providing advice and support on measures that improve farming practices for the benefit of the water environment. Engagement with farmers in targeted project areas will seek to create a sense of ownership and achievement within the farming community and generate a voluntary approach to improving water quality in the catchment.

A key element of the Trust’s project delivery is partnership working. The post-holder will agree priorities with project partners/ funders and liaise with farmers and landowners to explain the objectives of the project, gain permission to carry out works on private land and seek funding or practical contributions. The post-holder will look for opportunities to maximise the benefits of the project and efficiencies through collaborative working and attending farming focused partnership meetings. The post-holder will also work closely with other Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust staff to design and run successful community and farmer events promoting good farming practice and work delivered by the projects. The post-holder will also promote the project through the Trust’s website, social media and newspaper articles.

The role will be home based but will work across the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust’s area and hot desk at the Trust office. The role entails a high degree of practical work, project monitoring and evaluation, the coordination of volunteers and working with contractors whilst out on site. The post holder will be flexible, with occasional evening and weekend working. The post-holder will work well both alone and as part of a team of paid staff and volunteers.

This is a great opportunity to further develop your career and experience of working in the agri-environment sector and join a small enthusiastic team committed to managing efforts to combat climate change, water quality and restoring biodiversity in the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust catchments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake farm advice visits and identify runoff sources, pathways and receptors
  • Work with farmers to find opportunities to improve land management and farming activities
  • Engage with project partners to ensure that projects deliver multiple benefits and all partners’ objectives are met
  • Plan and deliver land management projects, managing programmes of work, budgets, quality of delivery and communications
  • Support landowners in satisfying cross-compliance, the Code of Good Agricultural Practice, the need for integrated compliance to Farming Rules for Water, cross compliance rules and surface/groundwater NVZ requirements to protect the environment and de-risk farming businesses.
  • Organise and deliver events to promote the projects, encourage participation and good farm practice
  • Manage contractors to deliver works on projects
  • Carry out practical work to improve river water quality
  • Coordinate volunteers to carry out river works and monitor the river environment
  • Keep accurate records on all project activities and provide regular updates to the trustees, project partners and funders
  • Manage health and safety on projects to ensure safe working and that any structures installed are safe
  • Identify and apply to appropriate funding sources to extend the scope of projects
  • Promote the work of the Trust and partners in the course of day-to-day activities and at events, presenting a positive and welcoming image of the Trust to everyone

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise. The successful candidate may be expected to carry out other duties which are consistent with the aim and objectives of the post.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions are typically offered to Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust staff and are set out as a guide only. Terms and conditions may vary according to circumstances and this summary does not form part of any subsequent employment contract.

Salary: The starting salary for this post is £25,000 FT depending on experience. YDRT is willing to consider full or part time working for this post. Full time hours of works are typically 37.5 hours per week.

Probationary period: Six months. During the probationary period, the contract may be terminated with one week’s notice.

Annual leave: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Pension: Contributory pension. The Trust contributes 9% salary.

Location: The Trust has a office in Pateley Bridge

Travel: The post will require frequent travel around the YDRT catchment and therefore a full UK driving licence and access to a car is essential. Mileage expenses will be paid in accordance with the HMRC non-taxable levels. Car insurance providers need to be made aware of this business use.

To apply

If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and email to the Operations Director of Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Marie Taylor [email protected]

Applications must be received no later than 10:00 on Monday 24th May 2021

Interviews will be held virtually via Teams on Wednesday the 9th June

If you would like more information on the role and the competency profile before submitting an application, you may contact Marie Taylor.