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Farm Advisor (Nature Based Solutions Specialist) – Full time

Fixed-term contract until June 2022 Grade 3, salary between £24,000 and £26,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 7% pension

The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) 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 and government funding to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.

To apply:

Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Farm Advisor and Nature Based Solutions Specialist to Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall PL17 8PH or email to [email protected].

Submission by: 5pm, Thursday 1 August 2019 – we anticipate interviews to take place on Wednesday 7 August

Job Description

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, development and project management.

The focus of the role will be the ‘Connecting the Culm’ (CtC) project – a 3-year partnership project that has been developed to tackle significant challenges faced by the River Culm and its catchment. This project is part of the wider EU-funded Interreg 2 Seas Co-Adapt programme, with allied projects being run in Somerset, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This wider partnership aims to demonstrate how communities can come together to implement nature-based/natural process solutions to climate-change related issues.

The role will require significant time spent in the Culm catchment and the Blackdown Hills AONB office in Hemyock, as well as regular travel to the WRT head office in Cornwall, and potential for occasional overseas travel as part of the Connecting the Culm project team.

Working as an 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 presence and reputation locally.


• Work with the project team and partners to develop and implement a co-creation strategy for the catchment to support decision-making in relation to nature based/natural process solution interventions (led by Groundworks).

• Feed into the design of new catchment modelling software, that will be commissioned at the beginning of the project (led by JBA), to aid the co-creation process and decision making on the best locations for WWNP interventions.

• Initial options appraisal report – undertake detailed technical options appraisals on the three demonstration zones selected through the whole catchment study and co-creation process. This will include the requirement to understand what factors or issues are giving rise to problems or confining opportunities and evaluating the full spectrum of nature based/natural process solutions, setting out potential interventions with consideration to water management result, cost, deliverable (technical; regulatory) and environmental impacts (positive; negative).

• Solution development by co-creation – working from the options appraisals, engage with landowners and managers, residents and agencies in the three selected demonstration zones through workshop sessions and field visits to assess the specific options in their proposed location in relation to land ownership and other opportunities and constraints. Bring in local knowledge to complement the options and revise accordingly. Select the specific interventions to be taken forward.

• Detailed solution development – using best practice guidance and modelling produced through the Whole Catchment Study (led by JBA), develop the identified solutions in sufficient detail to enable delivery. This may include working with farmers and agricultural managers as well as residents, community groups, local government, statutory agencies, schools and amenity and leisure groups to design nature based/ natural process solution interventions. The project team will also access technical support from members of the East Devon Catchment Partnership which aims to coordinate water management action in the region. This area of work will include small scale WWNP interventions such as leaky/debris dams, tree planting etc, and the NBSS will be required to carry out detailed design of the selected interventions and prepare technical briefs for their construction. There may also be some requirement for larger scale attenuation features such as river restoration, attenuation ponds etc, and the NBSS may be required to commission specialist contractors to design and deliver interventions.

• Nature based/natural process solution delivery in the three demonstration zones – finalise agreements with landowners, including requirement for ongoing maintenance to protect the flow of benefits from the investments, and regarding ownership to comply with Interreg regulations consents and permissions – apply for and secure any (and all) necessary statutory consents for the works to be undertaken.

• Develop and administer a grant scheme for landowners to apply for to commission small scale WWNP interventions capital works on their land

• Supervise land management and construction works, involving local community members in the process wherever possible as a continuation of the educational process regarding nature based and natural process solutions and their design and delivery.

• Work with WRT monitoring team regarding locations of WWNP interventions for monitoring purposes.

• Promote the co-creation approach to other areas / projects and giving tours and talks to share our learning.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

Essential Criteria

• Appropriate Degree level qualification or equivalent work experience in an Agricultural or conservation/farming related discipline • Sound experience and practical knowledge of design/ implementing nature-based solutions

• Sound knowledge of agriculture and local farming practices, as well as Agri-Environment schemes and relevant Policies • Confident and competent in delivery of tailored farm advice

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, engage and present at multiple levels and across different sectors. Experience of working with communities and volunteers

• Self-motivated, organised and enthusiastic individual able to work to deadlines or under pressure

• Experience of catchment-scale approaches and processes

• Full, valid UK driving license and own vehicle

• Knowledge & competence in Microsoft Office applications, accuracy and attention to detail with record keeping

• Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with internal staff and external stakeholders, ability to recognise and handle sensitive situations

• Ability to think laterally and creatively to propose innovative solutions

Desirable Criteria

• Local area knowledge an advantage

• FACTS/BASIS trained

• Knowledge and understanding of Working With Natural Processes (WWNP) in relation to climate change and flood management a distinct advantage


• Reliable, positive attitude and work ethic

• Ability to deliver accurate and timely project monitoring, reporting and administration

• Team player, tactful, diplomatic and confident

• Pro-active attitude towards meeting and exceeding goals

• Approachable, professional, trustworthy

• Innovative, adaptable, practical

• Shares and promote success, acknowledges failures and seeks solutions to improve

• Supports and promotes the WRT ethos