Farming Officer

Salary: £30,274 to £35,726 per annum (pay award pending)

Permanent , full time position

The local government annual pay award for 2023 to 2024 is currently being negotiated and will be applied and backdated to the start date of the successful candidate.

About us

The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We encourage people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Our staff include rangers and field workers, advisers at our visitor centres, planners and ecologists.

We’re looking for a Farming Officer to be a friendly farmer communicator and support Lake District farmers through the agricultural transition.

What’s it like to work here?

The Strategy and Environment team are a dedicated team who are passionate about the National Park’s future. You’ll work closely with and support a talented team of specialists, rangers and colleagues.

We’ve moved to hybrid working combining working from home and days at our headquarters in Kendal. You’ll also be provided with a laptop to enable you to access our secure IT network when working remotely.

The role

Your main duties and responsibilities are to:

  • work collaboratively with farmers, land managers and partners with advice and guidance through the agricultural transition period to promote traditional Lake District farming systems which support nature recovery and cultural heritage
  • help develop and deliver action on key Lake District National Park Authority and Lake District National Park Partnership Plans
  • proactively work with the farming sector to continually build understanding, communication, trust and engagement with farmers
  • facilitate how we contribute to farm business resilience, the implementation of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, delivery of net zero, improving opportunities for people’s health and wellbeing and as a great visitor destination for the cultural landscape that is so valued

Our Farming Officer will also deliver objectives through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and support farmers and land managers to access advice, project development and funding.

Please read the attached role profile for the full person specification on this post.

About you

This opportunity will suit someone who has strategic awareness balanced with practical know how that’s relatable to Lake District farming systems. You’ll be confident communicating and working with complex projects and information. You’ll also have a great track record in nurturing effective groups and networks.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dedicated team, supporting famers and land managers to move through the challenges farming is experiencing.  You’ll be involved with developing the future of this special place, as we continue on the delivery of the Lake District National Park Partnership Management Plan

We’re happy to talk about flexible working – let us know if you want to find out more.


For an informal chat and to find out more, please contact Jasmine Holliday (Farming Officer) mob 07584 593274  email or Tim Duckmanton (Team Leader Strategy and Environment) mob 07776 274450 email

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications, so please apply early to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Sunday 1 October 2023 11:59pm
  • Interviews will be held at Wayfaring House, Kendal on Friday 13 October 2023

Information Pack:

How to apply

Apply for this position on our online recruitment site

Diversity and Inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, the Lake District National Park Authority is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. These groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join the Lake District National Park Authority.

Disability Confident Employer

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as well as meeting any of the qualification, skills or experience defined as essential.