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Logo: National TrustFarming Adviser

」22,846 pa

Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)

Ref: IRC71237

Ballynahinch

 

Summary

We池e looking for someone with significant experience within a farming environment to join our team. Working as part of a large community of consultants, you値l be supporting our property teams, providing expert advice and guidance, as well as promoting good practice and innovation in the field.

 

The importance and uniqueness of agriculture to the local environment, community and economy goes without saying. You値l also be working for one of the key landowners in Northern Ireland which owns/manages

46 square miles of land and 108 miles (22%) of the coastline.

 

As our Farming Adviser, you値l share knowledge and expertise in key areas of farming such as soil management, farming systems, energy crops, food marketing and farm diversification, to decide on land use in conjunction with other disciplines, and achieve high standards of land management across the National Trust as set out in the Land, Outdoors and Nature Programme of our Strategy. You値l also be leading, encouraging and promoting environmentally responsible farming by maintaining positive relationships with farming tenants and collaborating with colleagues within the Trust and partners from other organisations.

 

What it's like to work here

The National Trust owns and operates a fascinating and varied portfolio of properties and estates. You値l have the opportunity to work on a fantastic range of estates across Northern Ireland, from the splendour and magnificence of the Mount Stewart and Castle Ward estates, the scenic beauty of the North Coast and the unique landscapes of Fermanagh. We can offer an exciting role where you can make a real difference working alongside a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary consultants.

 

What you'll be doing

You値l be responsible for providing expert and professional guidance to support properties within Northern Ireland for all things related to farming. You値l help our property teams become more self-reliant, so you値l be coaching and training our teams to enhance their understanding and skills in the subject area. You値l also be involved in supporting and ensuring that our property teams are compliant with National Trust and external regulations relating to all areas of farming.

 

You値l specifically be focussing on key areas such as soil management, high nature status farming and sustainable land management your knowledge and expertise will help to shape our business plans across the region, and your guidance will be vital in the development and delivery of our Estate Management Plans. You値l also be working collaboratively with colleagues from other departments with specialisms in different focuses to ensure that the plans you work on are beneficial for all, and will not have a detrimental effect on other areas. You値l work collaboratively with teams at property and with other consultants to ensure these plans are practical and realistic whilst also meeting our broader aims as outlined in our Land, Outdoors and Nature objectives to manage our land for high nature status.

 

You値l assist in the co-ordination of farm support payments, Agri-environment and cross-compliance obligations and provide practical advice to staff and tenants. Additionally you値l be responsible for identifying and securing external funding. You値l also be contributing to, and drawing upon, internal and external data to champion innovation in farming. You値l build professional relationships externally, sharing expertise through partnership working, and ultimately help to raise the Trust痴 farming profile with new and existing audiences.

 

Who we're looking for

This job is about providing a service. To be fantastic in this role, you値l need to: have the following;

  • A farm environment professional with substantial post qualification practical experience in land management, soil management, farming systems and farm business, or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge
  • Strong demonstrable consulting skills
  • Experience of working with a variety of farmers with a range of experience in farm management systems and farm diversification initiatives
  • Substantial knowledge of agriculture and the farm environment with a comprehensive understanding of external issues, legislation, policy, instructions and guidance
  • Great influencing and negotiating skills
  • Good Project Management skills
  • A confident communicator, with the ability to deliver clear, succinct advice via written reports and presentations
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others

 

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

 

For further information and to apply, please click here

 

Closing date: 4th November 2018

Interview date: 19th November 2018

 

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