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Farm Environment Adviser (Gloucestershire)

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West
Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Posted: 20 Sep 2022

Deadline: 17 Oct 2022

Compensation: £24,500 - £31,500 per year

Paid Full-time Part-time Flexible hours Permanent

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Job description

FWAG SW provides environmental advice to farmers on a wide range of agricultural, conservation and soil and water management issues. We are seeking applicants for the post of Farm Environment Adviser to join the Gloucestershire team. The post will have responsibilities to provide advice in a whole-farm context considering habitat and species conservation, diffuse pollution mitigation, soil management, nutrient management, compliance to legislation and regulation, protection of archaeological features and landscape value – all as part of a profitable farm business.

The post will include the delivery of high-quality environmental advice to farmers through one-to-one farm visits, reports, events and workshops, plus the preparation of reports and news articles for FWAG farmer members. As well as providing advice, the successful applicant will contribute to the delivery and outputs of existing projects, and, where appropriate, project management, partnership working and the development of new projects, with support from managers and colleagues. The successful applicant will be line managed by a Senior Farm Environment Adviser and will be supported by other experienced Advisers.

FWAG SouthWest are seeking someone with a passion for food, farming and the environment. With growing demand for services to provide advice to farmers on agroecological practices, whether this is to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution, part of adopting a regenerative farming system, delivery of the public goods policy agenda or part of supply-chain initiatives, we are looking for applicants who can bring their own specialisms and experience to strengthen our team.  We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds within the sector, whether that is environment and wildlife, soils, nutrients, farm infrastructure, farm management, cropping, livestock, or Integrated Pest Management.  

Main purposes of the role and key responsibilities

The Farm Environment Adviser is expected to:

  • Co-ordinate and undertake the delivery of independent, objective and professional advice on conservation and other land related environmental matters to farmers, landowners and land managers throughout Gloucestershire and occasionally within the wider South West region when required.
  • Provide whole-farm advice to farmers, predominantly in Gloucestershire, on agroecological practices, environmental management and water and air pollution mitigation, dependant on skills and experience.
  • Prepare grant applications, including Countryside Stewardship, and other sources of funding for farmers.
  • Write farm reports and management plans to support assurance scheme, supply chain requirements or business transition to adopt agroecological practices and the delivery of public goods.
  • Assist with the delivery of Gloucestershire-based projects.
  • Form part of the FWAG SW team delivering advice through DEFRA’s Farm and Land Management Advice Framework.
  • Develop farm walks and workshops and other events with our membership team.
  • Promote management of the environment for the provision of public goods using regenerative and agroecological practices to farmers, communities and public bodies in the rural community.
  • Establish themselves within the local farming and land-owning community in Gloucestershire as a point of contact for advice and assistance on conservation and environmental improvement.
  • Develop project ideas and prepare funding applications with support from senior colleagues.
  • Attend partnership meetings to represent FWAG SW in Gloucestershire and build relationships that enhance delivery of FWAG SW’s objectives.
  • Promote FWAG SW membership to farmer clients and others.
  • Assist the admin team with the preparation of project claims and invoicing.
  • Develop your own technical specialisms in agricultural and environmental practices to support delivery of advice for clients and supporting colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Assist colleagues and undertake such other duties that FWAG SW require and attend appropriate training courses and seminars approved or organised by FWAG SouthWest.

Application information

Please go to https://www.fwagsw.org.uk/Pages/Category/work-for-us for more information and how to apply.

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About Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West

FWAG SW provides environmental advice to farmers on a range of agricultural, conservation and soil and water management issues in a whole-farm context. We consider habitat and species conservation, diffuse pollution mitigation, soil management, nutrient management, compliance to legislation and regulation, protection of archaeological features and landscape value – whilst ensuring clients remain in a profitable farm business.