Assistant Farm Adviser

£18,000 – £22,000 pa

Location: Norfolk

Contract: Two year fixed term, Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (part-time applications and secondments will be considered)

Overview

Norfolk FWAG are part of the national FWAG Association (formerly the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) and provide on-farm environmental advice to land managers in Norfolk.

Our members and clients include farmers and landowners, but we also work with statutory environmental agencies, other conservation organisations and utility companies that enlist our services in order to positively influence the actions of land managers on the farmed
environment.

We are seeking a highly motivated Assistant Adviser to join our small team based in Norwich.

The successful applicant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of different farming enterprises and the issues around protection of soils, water and air.
  • Support advisers with agri-environment scheme and woodland creation applications.
  • Lead on digital communications including the productions of electronic newsletters, website updates and Twitter feed.
  • Take responsibility for a varied workload and carry out your own administrative tasks.
  • Enjoy working within our small team, but also be able and happy to work on your own.
  • Be pro-active in developing project ideas and generating new business.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Undertake mapping to support advisers undertake applications on behalf of farmers.
  • Work with colleagues and partner organisations to develop, manage and deliver new projects and initiatives.
  • Co-ordinate groups of farmers.
  • Signpost farmers to contractors who can carry out environmental activities on their land.
  • Assist with securing suitable financial support or voluntary help for activity associated with our advice.
  • Organise farm walks and training events.
  • Manage digital communications and write articles for our newsletters and website.
  • Attend appropriate training that your line manager deems necessary.
  • Assist your colleagues and undertake such other duties that Norfolk FWAG require.

Person Specification

  • A knowledge of arable and livestock systems, agricultural financial support and agricultural environmental legislation is required.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the countryside, especially wildlife, landscape and local history.
  • A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at grades A-C and a degree in a relevant subject (e.g. agriculture, ecology, geography or similar).
  • A good knowledge of farmland species and habitats, with the ability to assess the wildlife and landscape value of different habitats and features and able to make appropriate recommendations for their management.
  • A good understanding of the interactions between farm operations (particularly those that have an impact on soil, water and air) and the natural environment.
  • The ability to communicate well with farmers, landowners and land managers and the skills to persuade them to take action.
  • Excellent report writing skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Excellent IT skills and GIS mapping experience.

Terms and conditions of employment

  • This is a full-time 2 year fixed term position, with a starting salary of £18,000 – £22,000 per annum dependent upon experience.
  • Benefits package including Contributory Pension Scheme and Death in Service cover.
  • One month’s notice period.
  • 37.5 hours per week (full-time). You may be required to work occasional evenings or weekends.
  • Must hold a current full driving licence and have access to own car.
  • 24 days’ holiday per annum, plus public holidays.
  • Office location is c/o AF Group, Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, NR9 5BZ but expected to travel throughout Norfolk and occasionally further afield. There is flexibility to work from home if required.

How to apply

Please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to work for Norfolk FWAG as a Farm Environment Adviser to Neil Punchard, Managing Director, at neil@norfolkfwag.co.uk

Interviews are likely to be held at our office at Anglia Farmers, but may also involve an on-farm appraisal if possible. Please note, we are unable to give feedback to applicants unless invited for interview.