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Title

Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for Yorkshire

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Sectors Rural Economy, Arboriculture and Agri.
Location
Town/City Yorkshire and the Humber
Salary (Minimum)
0
Salary (Maximum)
0
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 29/10/2020
Company Name Natural England
Contact Name
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Description
The Yorkshire & northern Lincolnshire Area Team within Natural England stretches from the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines river systems in the west across to the Hull catchments in the east and the river Don catchment to the south. Catchment Sensitive Farming helps support a range of environmental outcomes on water and air for the area, alongside other activities such as agri-environment schemes, statutory planning work, regulation and enforcement. The team engages with a wide range of partners and customers, including AHDB, CFE and Yorkshire Water in delivering best practice advice and innovative approaches to reduce water and air pollution from agriculture. The work also contributes to the Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment, delivering the outcomes of the Water Framework Directive.
Job description
Natural England continues to deliver Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) in partnership with Defra and the Environment Agency. CSF operates through a network of Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers (CSFOs) and local partners in each priority catchment. CSF aims to help meet Water Framework Directive targets and drinking water quality standards by reducing diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA).

The role of the CSFO is to

Evaluate diffuse water pollution issues within specific catchments;
Work in priority areas to develop and lead CSF training advice and campaigns for farmers and landowners;
Secure ownership and solutions in specific areas on key pollution issues;
Work with CSF air quality lead in promoting and advising on good practice to reduce agricultural emissions;
Drive delivery through specialist training and advice, advocating and through providing support and advice on the delivery of Countryside Stewardship where appropriate;
Work with partners and stakeholders to deliver a joined up approach in catchments with diffuse water pollution issues;
Work with the contract manager to provide timely information on tenders for group events and farm advice, monitoring quality and success;
Record and evaluate interactions and advice provided to identify effectiveness of interventions.
The role will mainly involve site and farm visits and partnership working in and around North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

Competencies

Competence 1

Professional competency

Detail

Personal Effectiveness (Practitioner)

Description

- Act with integrity, addressing challenging issues and managing conflict through being open and objective;
- Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence;
- Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

Competence 2

Professional competency

Detail

Putting People at the Heart (Practitioner)

Description

- Listen to and understand our diverse partners and customers so that you achieve the best outcomes for them and Natural England
- Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims

Competence 3

Professional competency

Detail

Creating Resilient Landscapes and Seas (Practitioner)

Description

- Manage the use of external suppliers to deliver high quality targeted advice using the Farm Advice Framework
- Recognise and identify farming practices which can cause diffuse water pollution from agriculture
- Recognise and identify the effects of diffuse water pollution from agriculture
- Understand and apply the Water Framework Directive to your work
- Understand and select most appropriate measures, including working with partners, to address diffuse water pollution from agriculture at source, pathway and receptor for individual sites

Competence 4

Professional competency

Detail

Work Delivery (Practitioner)

Description

- Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines

Competence 5

Professional competency

Detail

Working Safely (Practitioner)

Description

- Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do

Responsibilities

Please refer to job description

 

Licences

Current Full driving licence

 

Benefits

 

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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