Assistant Farming Officer (FTC)

Salary: £20,853 - £24,112

This is a fixed term post ending on 31 March 2024

General overview

The Assistant Farming Officer will assist in the delivery of the Farming in Protected Landscape scheme as well as other Agricultural Transition Plan schemes. There will be opportunities to support other environmental and farming funding initiatives.

The role will be based at Murley Moss (although initially home based). Travel throughout the National Park will be required to visit farmers and land managers.

The Assistant Farming Officer will work with the Farming Officer to help raise awareness of the Farming in Protected Landscape scheme throughout the farming community. This will involve visiting farmers to discuss their applications and help them to submit applications that fit the scheme criteria. The post holder will also encourage farmers and land managers to take new opportunities available to them, as well as help them better understand the public goods on their land in readiness for the new Environmental Land Management scheme.

The role – what you’ll be doing

This post offers someone the potential for career development by being involved in an exciting new national programme. The successful applicant will develop a good understanding of farming environmental schemes in order to assist farmers in making their businesses more resilient, deliver improvements to the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access on their land.

The individual will need to be confident and enjoys talking to farmers and visiting farms as they will be visiting applicants and discuss their ideas with them. Talking over the farm gate, or at auctions and shows, will be essential to build trust in the scheme and ensuring it’s successful delivery. In addition to being out and about there will be elements of desk based work such as filling in paperwork relating to the scheme.

The Assistant Farming Officer will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside the existing farming officer, rangers and other specialists in the Strategy and Ranger Service.  Additionally there may be opportunities to work with partner organisations, including the National Trust and Natural England. Training will be given and there is undoubtedly the opportunity to develop your skills.

About you – who we’re looking for

We are looking for someone who can show:

  • Skills to engage farmers and land managers
  • A motivation to help Lake District farming to improve nature and address the impacts of climate change and support public access on the land they manage
  • Show a keenness to learn
  • Enjoys and is confident visiting farms, talking to farmers and land managers to help them understand the new scheme
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn about how to produce digital maps to support applications
  • Knowledge of or willing to learn about environmental agricultural schemes.
  • Good level of spoken and written English

At the same time you will need to have the ability to fill in application forms and be willing to do paperwork.

For more information contact: Tim Duckmanton on 01539 792674

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Friday 18 June 2021 11:59pm
  • Interviews will be held at Lake District National Park Authority on the week commencing Monday 28 June

Information Pack:

How to apply

Apply for this position on our online recruitment site

Equality of opportunity

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.