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Northumberland National Park Authority

Farming in Protected Landscapes - Programme Manager

Do you have a passion for helping others and the environment?  Do you want to build climate change resilience?   Would you like to work for a National Park?   This is an opportunity to work alongside farmers and landowners, supporting them to access funding streams, build climate change and Brexit resilience and create networks to support each other.  You will also help to manage and allocate the programme funding.  You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a sound knowledge of:

  • agricultural and forestry land management policy and grant schemes, issues and techniques to achieve environmental improvement and habitat connectivity.
  • current Natural Environment policy and issues facing rural upland communities

Job Purpose

Working alongside our Conservation and Environment team, especially the Farming Officers, to support the Northumberland National Park land management community, to engage with new opportunities arising from the Government’s Agricultural Transition Programme linked to the 25 Year Environment Plan. Developing strands of work and coordinating the delivery of the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and other similar national funding programmes.

To co-ordinate and manage the Defra funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme on behalf of Northumberland National Park Authority;

To further develop programmes and partnership working and to influence key organisations and stakeholders to deliver work within the National Park in support of the shared Vision of the current NPA Management Plan.

Working alongside our team of Farming and Rural Enterprise Officers, work through existing land manager networks, and develop new groups, to bring land managers together from across the National Park to encourage co-operation and knowledge transfer. Promote a desire amongst these networks to deliver a landscape scale approach to sustainable land management which may include access to existing agri-environment funding and new sources such as the Government’s new Environmental Land Management scheme.

To build farm resilience to issues such as Brexit and climate change and increases the understanding of changing policy, particularly with regard to a focus on natural capital, nature recovery and payment for public goods.

In return, we can offer flexi time, some home working, local government pension, work life balance, supportive culture, award winning wellbeing initiatives, development opportunities, days out in the National Park and more.

For more detail including a list of all our benefits,  please visit our website

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to by 9am on 30th August 2022.

Closing Date: 30/08/2022  Location: Northumberland

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