Westcountry Rivers Trust
Senior Land Advisor – Fowey Catchment – Upstream Thinking
Part time Contract – 30 hour per week (which can be worked flexibly).
Salary between £27,900 and £29,000 pro-rated (dependent on experience)
Benefits including 9% pension
Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity that works across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all. We work with EU grants, Water Company funded initiatives, government funding and charitable organisations to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.
We work with grants, water company funded initiatives, government funding and through commercial activities to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain. We are looking for a Senior Land Advisor to join our team, supporting them in delivering the Upstream Thinking Project. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.
Following the success of Upstream Thinking 1 and 2 in the Fowey catchment, Westcountry Rivers Trust continue to work with South West Water to deliver the third phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2020 to 2025. Having undertaken significant advice and grant work in the catchment over the last 12 years, we are seeking a Senior Land Advisor to join our Land Team and provide coverage on the River Fowey catchment in Cornwall.
The Senior Land Advisor will report to the Upstream Thinking Senior Project Manager, and will work alongside other advisors and Land Team colleagues. Joining the Land Team at WRT your role will be to apply your practical and professional knowledge and experience in the Agricultural and Environmental sectors which will combine delivery of farm and landowner engagement, the ability to identify and development opportunities in catchment management, whilst meeting the key project remit and deliverables.
The Upstream Thinking project seeks to improve water quality abstracted from key rivers which enter the drinking water supply and reduce the levels of treatment required, through proactively tackling water quality at source. The project offers, grant funding and integrated farm plans to land owners to implement positive change whilst seeking to optimise wider benefits such as boosting biodiversity through enhancing habitats and species, building greater resilience from the effects of climate change, mitigating flood risk or increasing Carbon sequestration. The approach is win-win; for the farm environment and farm business.
Working as a Senior Land Advisor requires a complex suite of skills and experience which includes professional Agri Industry qualifications as well as practical on the ground experience, an ability to engage a diverse audience at all levels, scientific or technical expertise and an approachable and trustworthy personality to allow WRT to build on our existing presence and reputation locally. The Trust prides itself on its ability to provide scientifically grounded advice in a role which requires strong interpersonal skills, the overall aim to support sustainable best farm practice and encourage uptake of positive actions.
- Develop and deliver tailored farm advice, plans, reports or events as part of a programme of water and land management improvements – including capital grants & agri-environment scheme applications - achieving project objectives and timescales.
- Develop actions and share workload with clear understanding of delegated actions and mentoring requirements.
- Liaise with the UST Project Manager and other members of the Land Team, to ensure clear communication and demonstrate progress or outcomes and to share knowledge as appropriate.
- Proactively develop leads and contacts over time, to build on WRT existing coverage across the target catchments to engage directly with farmers, landowners and growers to raise awareness of the project and build opportunities for project delivery through liaison with the Senior Land Advisors to delegate follow up.
- Undertake surveys, monitoring (e.g. water quality, soil or nutrient) or analysis as required - supporting evidence of actions for case studies, reports and project promotion.
- Co-ordinate, attend and contribute to relevant meetings, workshops or stakeholder groups to achieve Project aims and to share best practice, raise awareness and promote WRTs role.
- Work closely with the Project Manager and Project Administrator to ensure project outputs, deadlines and reporting are met as well as with other key members or Teams at WRT e.g. for delivery, admin etc.
- Build relationships across the Trust to increase the reach and impact of Upstream Thinking across the Trust.
- Proactively build contacts across sectors to further identify opportunities which align with project remit or achieve mutual objectives e.g. Countryside Stewardship, Community Initiatives etc.
- To proactively identify commercial opportunities for discussion with the Project Manager.
- To take ownership of project deliverables, targets and deadlines whilst seeking to exceed and excel, consider innovations and trial solutions.
- General advocacy of the Trust to promote and deliver services to funders, clients, and partners.
- You may be asked to take on other relevant duties as appropriate inc. developing ideas, identifying options for new work, drafting bids or tenders.
- The role requires regular local travel within the catchments, local area, WRT office and meetings.
Knowledge and Experience
- Appropriate Degree level qualification (or equivalent work experience) in an Agricultural or conservation/farming related discipline.
- Sound knowledge of agriculture and local farming practices, as well as Agri-Environment schemes and relevant Policies or Legislation; in particular soil and water conservation.
- Confident and competent to deliver tailored farm advice including the interpretation and feedback of data eg. nutrient plans, soil data.
- Experience of catchment-scale approaches and processes, familiar with concepts of Ecosystem Services, Natural Capital, Natural Flood Management, Nature Based Solutions etc.
- Knowledge and competence in Microsoft Office applications, accuracy & attention to detail with record keeping.
- Local area knowledge an advantage.
- BASIS Soil & Water and/ or FACTS trained (D).
- Proven experience in handling Countryside Stewardship or Woodland Grant applications (D).
- Experience of project management and co-ordinating activities across a team (D)
Skills and Competencies
- A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, engage and present at multiple levels and across different sectors.
- Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with internal staff and external clients.
- Confident networker with the ability to identify and develop potential opportunities or leads.
- Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.
- Ability to influence stakeholders and negotiate outcomes.
- Ability to travel regularly and to remote sites.
- A professional and businesses orientated approach.
- A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Reliable, positive attitude & work ethic
- Ability to deliver accurate and timely project monitoring, reporting and administration
- Team player, tactful, diplomatic and confident. Willing to work with others to seek solutions.
- Pro-active attitude towards meeting and exceeding goals
- Approachable, professional, trustworthy
- Innovative, adaptable, practical.
- Supports and promotes the WRT ethos.
We support hybrid working and you will be working from home but will need to travel to meetings in our office at Stoke Climsland and to sites across the delivery area.
Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Senior Land Advisor – Fowey Catchment using the following link
For further information see www.wrt.org.uk
Submission by: 5pm on Wednesday 5th October 2022
Interviews will take place on : Monday 17th October 2022
Closing Date: 05/10/2022 Location: Home working