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£27,191 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 26/02/21)


Ref: IRC73052




This is an exciting and varied role, working in a team and with our farmers to deliver the high profile ‘Payments for Outcomes’ trial, as well as other ecological work across the Yorkshire Dales property. Payments for Outcomes is a pioneering results-based agricultural payments trial with a group of our farmers in Malhamdale, Upper Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale, concentrating on achieving better outcomes for priority habitats, pollinators, soil health and natural flood management. This partnership project works closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, iCASP, BugLife and others. The ability to work well with farmers, deliver quality field-based and office-based ecological work within a busy team and with external stakeholders is essential.


What it's like to work here


Here in the Yorkshire Dales we look after some of the most dramatic upland limestone landscape in the country, with many of the distinctive landscape features for which the Dales are so admired. The Dales provides spiritual refreshment and inspiring activities for all. It is a place where people experience change and continuous adaptation, through the National Trust’s management of its stunning landscapes for water, habitats, wildlife and historic environment in the face of an ever changing climate, for the enjoyment of current and future generations.


What you'll be doing


Following on from trial development in 2017 and baseline assessments in 2018, you will work with some of our farming tenants in Malhamdale, Upper Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale to deliver all aspects of the Payments for Outcomes trail, as part of the National Trust Land Outdoors and Nature programme, with guidance from the project team.


This will involve reviewing soil health and pollinator health baseline assessments, identifying the areas of the farms where management interventions or capital works would be beneficial, discussing the potential with the farmers, agreeing works they would like to take forward in 2019 and 2020 and advising them through the delivery. It will also involve the continuing development of the whole farm pollinator connectivity bonus, working with iCASP and other stakeholders to develop outcomes measures for Natural Flood Management and monitoring the effectiveness of the trial through control sites and other measures.


To date the trial has had interest from the government, the statutory agencies, NGOs and others. An important part of your work will be to continue to share the trial’s approach, by delivering presentations, demonstration events and training.


The trial has recently been shortlisted by DEFRA to take part in the tests for the new Environmental Land Management scheme.


Who we're looking for


You’re self-motivated, expert in conservation or land management and you’ll also have;

  • A natural sciences or related degree (or equivalent)
  • Experience in practical nature conservation
  • Experience of undertaking and managing surveys with a good understanding of relevant legislation and guidance
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills


The package



Find out about the benefits we offer to support you on our NT benefits page.


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).


Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.


Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.


All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!


For further information and to apply, please click here

Closing date: 10 January 2019


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