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Devon Wildlife Trust

Natural Solutions Advisory Officer (Pasture & Soils)

Salary: £24,709pa (80% pro-rata) plus 5% pension
Closing date: 5 December

Do you have a passion for farm advice and improving soil health?

Devon Wildlife Trust is launching a new ‘Northern Devon Natural Solutions’ project which will transform the relationship that North Devon’s land managers have with nature in order to help tackle the climate and ecological emergency. We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated farm advisor to make it a success.

Through whole farm assessments, ecological surveys, training, specialist advice and support, the project will transform a large part of North Devon over six years. Landowners will be helped to restore and re-create wildlife habitat, improve water quality, lock up carbon, manage pollution and reduce flood risk with a focus on natural processes and wilding.

This is an ambitious, whole-farm approach, building on Devon Wildlife Trust’s experience, expertise and working relationships with land managers in north Devon. The project is funded by and in partnership with the Environment Agency.

As pasture and soils specialist, you’ll be responsible for visiting farms, developing farm plans and supporting landowners to improve the health and resilience of their soils and pasture. You will need experience in farm advice and a good understanding of soil testing and compaction issues.

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is Devon’s leading wildlife conservation charity, with over 40,000 members, 2,000 volunteers, 100 staff and 60 nature reserves. We are one of the larger locally based organisations that collectively make up The Wildlife Trusts. DWT has pioneered the reintroduction of beavers in England and the restoration of internationally rare habitats like Culm Grassland.

Committed to carbon neutrality and high environmental standards, we are proud of our values and working culture. You will enjoy working in a high performing, ambitious and mutually supportive team and playing a key role in shaping the future of our beautiful county.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing to 28 days after 5 years’ service) pro-rata for part time posts
  • Agile working arrangements including home and Cookworthy office
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Death in Service cover
  • Training and development opportunities

This is a part-time (30 hours per week) permanent post (with funding agreed until March 2027) contractually based at Cookworthy.

Interviews are being held on 14 December 2021.

We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and abilities who meet the essential criteria for this role. We are an inclusive organisation that is seeking to involve more diverse audiences in our work.

You can download an application pack from 

Closing Date: 05/12/2021  Location: Cookworthy, Devon

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