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Farm Carbon Calculator Data Assistant

Farm Carbon Toolkit
Remote working

Posted: 14 May 2024

Deadline: 17 Jun 2024

Compensation: £26,000-£28,000 per year

Paid Flexible hours Fixed term / contract Remote working


Job description

About the Farm Carbon Toolkit The Farm Carbon Toolkit (FCT) is a leading, independent farmer-led UK enterprise. We support farmers and growers to reduce their carbon emissions and increase their carbon sequestration. For over 10 years, we have furthered the understanding of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, providing tools for measurement and delivering projects that inspire real action on the ground.

Overview of this Role As interest in our Farm Carbon Calculator software continues to grow, we are seeking a Data Assistant who will help us to achieve our ambition to provide the most trusted, robust and highly-regarded Farm Carbon Calculator.

This is an exciting role embedded in the fast-growing and friendly team. Your work will contribute to supporting farms across the UK (and beyond) to understand their carbon footprint and take real, practical steps in the transition towards a fair, just and nature-friendly decarbonisation.

We are an incredibly dedicated team of advisors and experts, passionate about farming and how we can best support farmers to understand and act on their carbon footprint.

Working within our Calculator team, you will report to the Calculator Manager to support our Calculator development team. This will include checking and updating datasets; contributing to the testing of our software; using existing workflows to clean and process information.

About the team and work environment

We believe in being respectful, professional, empathetic, positive and collaborative, curious and innovative. These values help build our common culture, shape our purpose and guide us in our actions and decisions.

We are inspired by farmers who are showcasing and helping to support a thriving low-carbon farming future that produces healthy, nutritious food for all. And in our work, we are committed to working with all farmers to support them towards this vision.

We are a small, remote-working organisation and recognise the challenges as well as the flexibility that this can bring. We come together as a full team, in-person, at least four times per year to reflect and discuss our work and plan for the future.

We enjoy working together, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s wellbeing and the world around us. We are an inclusive organisation, committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life. As such, we encourage applications from anyone who feels they have the relevant experience and skills.

Role profile

Job purpose To support high-quality management of technical data for our Farm

Location UK home-based with occasional travel required for team meetings and events. Candidates must have a valid right to work in the UK.

Salary range £26,000 - £28,000 pro rata, based on experience

Qualifications Educated to degree level in a numerate subject or equivalent experience.

Contract This is a 12-month contract, with potential for extension. The notice period is one month. There is a probationary period of three months.

Hours of work 30 - 37.5 hours per week, depending on preference

Employee benefits

  • 25 days per year + statutory holidays pro rata.
  • Pension - we contribute 5% on top of your salary
  • Generous budget for training and development
  • Free eye tests
  • Electric car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements

Travel Public transport expenses covered or mileage paid at HMRC rate (currently 45p per mile).

Equal Opportunities

FCT is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and co-operative environment in which all individuals working for and on behalf of the organisation feel respected and able to give their best. Commitment to our Diversity and Equalities Policy is expected and we welcome and encourage applications from anyone interested in this role who feels they have the relevant experience and skills.

Start date Anticipated September 2024.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting FCT’s data analyst and the Farm Carbon Calculator team to ensure high-quality reporting for farmers and other clients.
  • Identify and troubleshoot inconsistencies in datasets of various sizes.
  • Contribute to our ambition to provide the most trusted, robust and highly-regarded carbon calculator.

Please note that this list is indicative of the key responsibilities of this role but is not exhaustive and may change over time to reflect relevant changes in line with business requirements.

Knowledge, experience and capabilities (E = Essential, D = Desirable)

Capabilities and desirable experience:

  • Able to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail (E);
  • Numeracy with proficiency in data handling or analysis in Excel or Google sheets (E);
  • Proficient with IT software used in business, such as Google Workspace and Microsoft Office (E);
  • Capable of working independently in a fully remote team, with data tasks that can be repetitive (E);
  • Understanding and knowledge of environmental sustainability and/or farming (D).  

Personal qualities and values:

  • Commitment to our purpose, culture and values, which include acting professionally, being respectful and inclusive, positive, collaborative, transparent, innovative and pragmatic;
  • Willingness to be part of a small team, taking initiative to communicate pro-actively;
  • Builds strong and trusting working relationships;
  • Excellent organisational skills, together with good communication skills - verbal and written;
  • Self-reflective, with a commitment to continual learning and development.

Application information

Please apply via our website. You will be asked to submit your 1-2 page CV with a 1 page cover letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to Rachel Hucker, Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name. Please do not include any photos.

Applications close on Monday 17 June 2024 midday.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be conducted on Wednesday and Thursday 3 & 4th July 2024.  

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About Farm Carbon Toolkit

The Farm Carbon Toolkit supports farmers and growers to understand and act on their environmental footprint. We develop practical, scientifically robust and relevant resources for farmers, to increase awareness and understanding of greenhouse gas emissions within agriculture and the role of soil within carbon sequestration.

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