Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

Salary details:  £32,234 - £35,745 per annum

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council
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Salary details
£32,234 - £35,745 per annum
Job Term
Fixed-term until 31 March 2024
Appointment Type
Part Time
30 hours per week
Remote Working / Totnes, Devon
Interview details
Tuesday 22nd February 2022
For an informal discussion please contact;
Roger English, South Devon AONB Manager, on 01803 229331 or roger.english@southdevonaonb.org.uk
Closing Date
13 February 2022
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We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to work on an exciting new opportunity - Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme for South Devon.  Created by Defra as part of the Agricultural Transition Plan and managed by the South Devon AONB Partnership, it will help farmers, land managers and others to deliver projects in the farmed landscape under the themes of climate, nature, people and place. There is a potential to make a real difference to farm businesses throughout the Protected Landscape and you can play an important role.


This 30 hours per week part time role is based within the small, friendly South Devon AONB team, based in Totnes with flexibility for home working and potential for job share. This is an exciting time to join the team as we scale up our support for farming, nature’s recovery, and nature-based solutions across the AONB.


As the FiPL Officer you will provide advice and guidance to applicants, potential applicants and support a panel created to judge applications. We are looking for a motivated, experienced individual with a strong track record of engaging with farmers and land managers to provide agri-environment advice, support and facilitation. You will be an organised, self-motivated person with an in-depth understanding of farming and land management relevant to this area, who can work effectively as a key part of a small team of dedicated staff. You will be excited about working proactively in this sector and will bring energy, enthusiasm, experience, and pragmatism to the role.


About the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a three-year programme created by Defra and delivered by AONB and National Park teams across the country. The objectives of the programme are to support farmers and other land managers to deliver more for:

Climate – supporting the delivery of net zero through nature and nature-based solutions to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Nature – supporting the delivery of the Nature Recovery Network and achieving the Government’s commitment to protect 30% of land by 2030.
People – providing a natural health service that will improve the nation’s public health and wellbeing through increased access to nature across all parts of society, as part of our green recovery
Place – supporting these landscapes as centres of excellence and green innovation that are flourishing places to live and work, each with a strong identity and cultural heritage, and high recognition as attractive visitor destinations.


Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-for-farmers-in-protected-landscapes for further details




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