Farm Advice and Natural Solutions Project Manager

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) has a new farm advice service to build on our current farm project
experience, to help influence conservation across our wider countryside. In Cornwall over 70% of
the land is within agricultural ownership. We are looking for a strong communicator who is driven
to help nature recovery on Cornish farms

Would you like to manage and develop this new team? If you are a
Project Manager wondering if you could apply your experience to help influence conservation
across our wider countryside, then this opportunity could be of interest.

Over the last 10 years of working with the agricultural sector, through projects (such as the
Upstream Thinking project) CWT has developed capabilities to help support farmers with their businesses in a sustainable
manner. We have Farm Advisers who understand the requirements to support the business and
environmental parts of a farm business holistically. Be it from carrying out soil testing
regimes for fertilizers and carbon, to identifying environmental scheme payment opportunities;
we are now able to help develop meaningful and bespoke Whole Farm Plans with landowners.

CWT are also looking to develop their Natural Solutions offer on a more commercial basis and
this post will be responsible for further developing our Biodiversity Net Gain and Carbon
Financing offers. CWT already has the tools in place to measure BNG and carbon on both our
sites and others, and already have partners / clients in place. However, with increasing focus
on Natural Solutions there is potential for this funding stream to be developed and offered
more widely. You will work with our consultancy, CEC, and other stakeholders to develop this
offer. See more on our Climate Action here.

CWT would now like to offer these skills and services outside our key project areas to new
farmers and landowners and we are really excited about the opportunity to bring new Farm
Advisers into the core Conservation Section of CWT to help carry out this advice across
Cornwall’s wider countryside. We want to do this as a new arm of the Conservation Section,
capitalising on our existing networks, staff mentoring and partnerships.

As part of CWT’s farm advice development, we need a Project Manager to lead on this work.
Fundamentally, we need someone with business planning and marketing experience. Knowledge of
the sector would be very beneficial, as well as line management skills for the 3 new Farm
Adviser roles, which are already employed. The Project Manager will be managing the team’s
budget, developing our farm advice service and supporting marketing strategy.

The role will be considered on a full or part time basis (30 to 37.5 hours; 4 or 5 days per
week) and is fixed term until the 31 March 2025 with the possibility of an extension.

Typical hours are 8.30am – 4.30pm and flexible working arrangements will be considered. ‘Hot
desks’ will be available at both our Truro HQ and Camborne offices, depending on the task in
hand. On occasion, meetings/seminars may be held outside office hours and at weekends.
Occasional weekend work may be required to support our wider work.

For further information about the role please contact Tom Shelley, [email protected]

Benefits

  • Cornwall Wildlife Trust operates excellent toil and flexible working policies
  • Enhanced company holiday entitlement – starting at 25 days plus bank holidays and rising to
    a maximum 30 days over a period of time (1 day extra for each year worked after 4 complete
    years served)
  • All employees have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 counselling service)
    and Employee health and wellbeing portal
  • Free onsite parking at Five Acres and King Edward Mine sites
  • Stakeholder pension scheme

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to ensuring transparent and non-discriminatory recruitment and employment.
As a progressive charitable organisation, we champion equal opportunities and welcome
applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected
characteristic.

To Apply:

Please go to our website for more information, including the application documents.

To apply please send a completed application form (CVs not accepted) to [email protected] 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 11 June 2023.

Interviews for this role will be held on the 16 June 2023.

Find out more & apply

To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your email/cover letter where (globalvacancies.org) you saw this job posting.

Job Location