Farm Advisor

Ribble Rivers Trust

Job Title: Farm Advisors
Purpose: To deliver farm advisory visits and support land management projects
Reports to: Head of Land Management
Location: Clitheroe
Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week. Part-time would be considered for the right candidate.
Core hours 10:00 – 16:00. Monday and Friday can be requested as work from home days
Contract: 24-month fixed term contract with expectation of permanence thereafter

Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is an environmental conservation charity delivering catchment wide
activities that will improve, protect, and create a mosaic of habitats and land uses that will
lead to a healthy riverine environment. This habitat mosaic includes everything from peat
restoration to hedgerow creation, woodlands to river “re-wiggling” and, importantly,
sustainable agricultural practices– each with demonstrable improvements to habitats and
species. RRT have five teams, each with their own focus (Land Management, People and Learning,
Data and Evidence, River Conservation and Core Services). Each team is full of passionate and
dedicated individuals, with diverse skills and experience. The teams work closely together on
collaborative and integrated projects that deliver the greatest benefit.

At present RRT have a wide range of projects and programmes working with farmers and land
managers across the Ribble catchment. These projects seek to support farms to become more
sustainable as farm businesses, with a balanced approached focusing on agricultural
productivity alongside habitat works. This results in a wider range of actions from improved
farmyard infrastructure and nutrient management, through to creating new woodland and wetlands,
and everything in between!

As part of these projects the Trust is looking to grow its existing team of farm advisors, and
recruit a technically competent, dynamic, and enthusiastic person to work within our Land
Management. This person will undertake “Pinpoint” farm advice visits, and lead and support the
delivery of a range of agricultural and environmental projects. This will include projects at
the leading edge of Natural Capital, Nature Based Solutions, and payment for Ecosystem

There will also be involvement and delivery of training and knowledge sharing events through
our five+ Farm groups. These groups build on the positive relationships and reputation RRT has
developed with the farming community, becoming a “trusted advisor”. The role will also be
expected to contribute to monitoring of activities to support the data and evidence team who in
turn will provide support on priority locations and actions, and activity evaluation and

The role will work with a range of funding sources, from Countryside Stewardship (and
developing new agri-environment schemes), through to local and national funding from the
Environment Agency, as well as water companies, corporates and charitable grant giving

The role requires a confident and clear communicator with experience in engaging and working
with farmers and landowners and delivering projects that reduce diffuse pollution, create
habitat, and support sustainable farm practices. Particularly recognising the positive role
that farming has to play in tackling the climate emergency. The successful candidate should
have experience in agriculture and land management. It is desirable that they understand the
legislation relating to water and farming.

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