Farmer Cluster Officer (Darent Valley)

Closing date:
Salary: Up to £27,800
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Flexible
Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD, and then other sites
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Wilder Landscapes Team and develop new relationships with farmers and landowners in the Darent Valley.

This is a fixed term role of 1 year.

The Job:  The Kent Wildlife Trust has a bold vision for creating a Wilder Kent. This involves engaging 25% of Kent’s population into taking positive action for wildlife whilst working to restore nature directly across the county. This includes challenging conventional conservation thinking and testing innovative methods to reverse the declines in wildlife and combat the linked climate and biodiversity crises. More than 70% of Kent’s landscape is farmed, as the defining land management practice it is essential that we engage directly and honestly with farmers to seek opportunities to reverse these crises.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Wilder Landscapes Team and develop new relationships with farmers and landowners in the Darent Valley, empowering them to make decisions that benefit wildlife and their long-term sustainability in the face of a rapidly changing sector. This will include taking advantage of a suite of Nature-Based Solutions (carbon sequestration, catchment resilience measures etc.), helping to identify natural capital assets and providing the latest advice on the new ELM scheme. The post will be jointly hosted by Kent Wildlife Trust and the Kent Downs AONB unit, with office space available at both Tyland Barn (ME14 3BD) and Castle Farm (TN14 7UB), to ensure an integrated approach with other land management advisors in the area.

You:  The successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrable ability to work as part of a multi-organisational team, as well as independently where needed. You will have experience of working with the farming community and other related stakeholders. Ideally, you will also have sound understanding of protected landscapes and of habitats similar to those found in the North Kent Downs AONB.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals.  We are all working to protect wildlife and to find better ways to run an efficient and effective organisation.

Contact details:

If you wish to discuss this post, please contact Rory Harding, Senior Farmer Cluster Officer, on 07761 507242 or rory.harding@kentwildlife.org.uk

The application process:

To apply for this position, please download the application pack and submit your completed Applicant Information Form together with your covering letter and CV using the link below.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 25th June 2021

Interviews will be held on Monday 5th July 2021

Wild About Inclusion

The Kent Wildlife Trust Group is Wild About Inclusion. To us, this means inspiring, empowering and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better.

It also means cultivating inclusive workspaces that are free from discrimination, where differences are celebrated, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature!