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£27,191 pa

Fixed term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 months)

High Wycombe

Ref: IRC72770




We are looking for a suitably experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic person to join our team as an Assistant Farming Adviser for two years.


You will be guided by our Farming and Wildlife Advisers to provide support and technical knowledge to our properties, driving higher standards of conservation-led land management. Your work will directly help to deliver the objectives within our 2025 Strategy to restore a healthy, beautiful natural environment. If you have a strong understanding of farming and land management, a commitment to a conservation led approach to land management and have an ability to work with a wide range of people to focus on delivery then we want to hear from you!


What it's like to work here


We're a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation's heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. Over 100 years later these values are still at the heart of everything we do.


We are offering an exciting role where you can make a positive difference to some of our 30,000 hectares of land in our London & South East region. This post will be based out of our Chilterns Hub in High Wycombe or at our Wisley hub in Surrey, depending on your preference, and you’ll have the opportunity to work on a fantastic range of places across South East England, ranging from the chalk hills of the Chilterns and South Downs, the rich coastal landscapes of the Isle of Wight and the South Coast to the splendour and magnificence of historic estates such as Stowe, and Petworth. Interviews will be on 7th February 2019.


What you'll be doing


Under the guidance of our Farming and Wildlife Advisers, you'll be providing consultancy advice and support to our properties and tenants, to achieve a high standard of sustainable land, soil and water management. You’ll take forward our best opportunities to influence land management and ensure that our farms are managed in a way that is good for nature, the environment, and the tenant. You’ll be working closely with your consultant colleagues to come up with the best outcomes for the Trust and our tenants. You’ll also help to ensure our property teams are compliant with National Trust and external regulations relating to food and farming.


This is an exciting opportunity to support our property staff to help drive exemplary conservation-led land management in our London & South East region.


Who we're looking for


To excel in this role you'll need to have/be:


  • A farm environment professional with a sound knowledge of land management, soil management, farming systems and farm business management, or able to demonstrate equivalent experience
  • A good understanding of external issues, legislation, policy, practice, instructions and guidance in relation to agriculture and the farm environment
  • Post qualification practical experience on farms, or able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge
  • The ability to provide in depth land management guidance to achieve desired positive outcomes for nature, soils and water
  • Ability to build effective internal and external relationships with staff, volunteers, tenants and others with strong coaching, training, mentoring & facilitation skills.
  • Strong consultancy skills of listening, building trust and acting to deliver a high quality service
  • Good inter-personal skills, including a team-working ethic.
  • Ability to interpret and respond to external and internal research, intelligence and analysis
  • Project management skills with an ability to both manage and engage with multiple projects
  • A full, clean, driving licence.


The package


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country


Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness


Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing date: 15 January 2019


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