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Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for Yorkshire

Are you passionate about sustainable farming? Want to work with farmers to improve water, air and soil quality and their farm businesses? Then we would love to hear from you.

The Yorkshire & northern Lincolnshire Area Team in Natural England is looking to recruit a new Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer (CSFO) for the Yorkshire river catchments.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a partnership between Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency which operates through a network of CSFOs and local partners in each priority catchment. CSF aims to help meet Water Framework Directive targets and drinking water quality standards by reducing diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA).

The role of the CSFO in the Yorkshire will be to:

  • Evaluate and understand Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture (DWPA) issues in the catchment using nationally provided data, which is validated locally.
  • Work to develop and lead specific CSF training, information and advice campaigns for farmers and landowners.
  • Give advice on farm and organise and deliver, with the aid of specialists, further advice, group events and workshops.
  • Secure agreement and ownership in the priority area on key pollution issues and solutions. Achieve behavioural change and a reduction in DWPA from farmers and landowners.
  • Communicate, advocate and promote CSF activity internally with Natural England colleagues and externally with farmers, land managers and partners.
  • Work with partners and stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, water companies, Defra’s Catchment Based Approach partners, other NE staff and others to develop formal partnerships where appropriate.
  • Drive delivery via a range of tools including specialist training and advice (own or procured through contractors) and using incentives like the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme and/or other agri-environment schemes.
  • Support CS applications in high priority areas for water quality by advising farmers on suitable land management options and/or capital items, endorsing Mid-Tier applications and giving advice on water quality options/ items in Higher Tier applications.
  • Work with the Contract Manager to provide timely information for tenders for group events and farm advice. Understand the relevant Diffuse Water Pollution Plan(s) and incorporate into CSF plans where appropriate.
  • Work with Area Team colleagues to help address water quality concerns and casework particularly focussing on the Derwent, Ouse and Hull river catchments.


Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively with farmers and persuade them to engage with CSF.
  • Good level of agricultural knowledge.
  • Good knowledge of agricultural water pollution (point source and particularly diffuse).
  • Basic project and contract management skills and experience.
  • A working knowledge of Environmental Stewardship and Countryside Stewardship.
  • Basic knowledge of ArcGIS or of using similar GIS software. Training can be given.


If you would like to make a positive difference and be a part of a successful partnership you can find more details and an application form on the Civil Service Jobs website click here ref 2994 (the closing date is Thursday 29th October)

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