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Logo: Kent Wildlife Trust Job Opportunity - Farmer Cluster Officer (Rother and Romney Catchment)


Fixed-term for 14 months (until January 2021), full-time post based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone/Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Salary Range:    £27,548

Closing Date:     Friday 8th November 2019

Interview Date:   Thursday 14th November 2019


Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals.  Nature is in trouble and it needs our help.  Kent Wildlife Trust has a plan to aid nature’s recovery and we encourage people to join us to make a difference.


Kent Wildlife Trust has been awarded funding to deliver one of the Defra Environmental Land Management:  Tests and Trials, namely: Delivering ELMS at a landscape scale through Farmer Clusters.


This trial aims to demonstrate how the farmer cluster approach could be incorporated into the new Environmental Land Management Scheme and will be trialing this approach in the wider Rother and Romney catchment. The Farmer Clusters will provide a forum for farmer-led discussion on a variety of proposed approaches and will provide a better understanding of what can and will motivate farmers and landowners to work collaboratively to deliver landscape-scale outcomes.


Once established, the post-holder will facilitate meetings of the farmer clusters, undertake one to one farm visits and deliver a programme of training events to assess the enthusiasm for, and practicalities surrounding, the implementation of new more innovative payment mechanisms for ELMS (payments for ecosystem services, payment by results, reverse auctions, conservation covenants, incentivisation by species presence and the “pop-up Knepp” concept).


You will ideally have experience of the agricultural sector and a sound understanding of lowland farming systems.  You will be a natural communicator who can clearly articulate key messages to farmers and landowners with the ability to develop and maintain trusted working relationships that form the foundation from which demonstrable improvements within the catchment can then flow.

Contact details:


For an informal discussion about the post please contact Stan Smith on 01622 357877


To download the application pack please visit our website: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk  


Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community 

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