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Pensthorpe Natural Park

Upper Wensum Cluster Farmland Biodiversity Advisor

Salary:              £25,000 to £30,000 full time equivalent per annum, based on experience

Contract:           Initially this role has funding for a Two Year Fixed Term Contract ending mid 2020

Working Hrs:     4 days per week (with flexibility to work full time, up to 40 hrs per week based on project requirements)

Location:           Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0LN

 

We are a group of 15 landowners managing 6000ha within the nationally important Wensum Valley who are working together to adopt and improve the Upper Wensum Valley utilising a landscape-scale approach to habitats and wildlife. This concept was launched in the Natural Environment White Paper in June 2011 which set out a new direction of travel for managing and valuing the natural environment in England. It supported a move towards a landscape-scale approach to conservation with greater recognition and valuing of the wider benefits the natural environment provides for us which underpin our economy, society and individual health and well-being needs.

 

Main responsibilities

Working closely with farmers and Natural England, the Advisor will provide science-based practical advice on farmland wildlife and conservation in the Wensum Valley. In particular, you will deliver advice on the provision of landscape scale habitat for our two core themes; biodiversity and water. Based from and employed by The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, there is opportunity to capitalise on our highly successful Corncrake breed and release programme to publicise the success of farmer-led, landscape scale projects.

 

You will undertake wildlife surveys and map habitats across farms in the Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group, working with and inspiring farmers to provide and manage farmland habitats for biodiversity and water. You will also work to build relationships and communicate conservation advice to farmers, through one-to-one advice, group meetings, farm walks and through traditional and online media, as well as maintaining a close liaison with advisors, farmers, Natural England and other conservation organisations.

 

Your Experience

You should be educated to degree in agriculture, biological sciences or related subject or if not, be able to demonstrate a graduate level of understanding, combined with a good knowledge of UK agriculture, the CAP and agri-environment schemes. You will have strong wildlife identification skills and an understanding and interest in game and wildlife management.

 

By way of business skills, you’ll be an excellent communicator, listener and networker, able to build relationships with people at all levels. A skilled and competent administrator, able to work independently to schedule and manage a variety of projects at the same time, you will also be able to think creatively to identify new opportunities. 

 

Travel to visit farms and meetings locally and further afield with occasional overnight stays. A full driving licence and your own car are essential.

 

How to Apply

Please apply in writing with a CV, confirming your current salary / salary expectation, to Marie French, HR Administrator at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0LN.

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Closing date: 30th June 2018

 

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