Job Description

To support the continued development and expansion of Herefordshire Rural Hub we are seeking an experienced farm facilitator to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to support farmers in Herefordshire as they work to adapt their practices to meet current environmental and economic challenges.

 Herefordshire Rural Hub is a small, dynamic organization that adapts its activity to support the needs of our users. We now deliver multiple projects which provide support to groups of farmers collaborating to share knowledge, enable progression and to engage their peers to do the same, see summary of projects in Annex 1. This is a relatively new way of working for the Hub; facilitating participation to put farmers in the driving seat and undertake advocacy within their communities.

 We are looking for an experienced Farm Facilitator to provide a vital coordination and management role. The role will facilitate engagement in the farmer groups, coordinate their meetings and activities, ensure activity is delivered effectively (on time, to budget, to quality), and communicate their progress externally to local stakeholders. The postholder will need to work effectively with people, in particular the participating land managers, building strong working relationships with them and with project partners which include DEFRA and the Environment Agency.

 

Job title

Farm Facilitator

Job purpose

To manage delivery of farmer engagement and facilitation activities

Salary range

£36,200-£40,200 (depending on experience) pro rata  

Annual leave

33 days (including bank holidays) pro rata

Contract

12 month fixed term contract

Hours

28 hours/week (Flexible Working)

Location

Combination of office and remote working. Expected to work at the Hub office at least twice a month by mutual agreement.

Travel

Mileage paid at HMRC rate (currently 45p per mile) for delivery of the role within Herefordshire or for designated tasks elsewhere in the UK.

Start date

1st June 2024

Responsible to

Managing Director

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Project Management – Ensuring deliverables are on track, to time, to quality and within budget across multiple projects. Producing regular progress reports to support grant claims and report progress of deliverables.
  • Partner liaison – Participating in progress meetings and working collaboratively with project partners.
  • Facilitation – Developing strong working relationships with participating land managers, facilitating meetings and events, providing one to one support where appropriate.
  • Communication – Undertaking communication activities to promote project objectives and capture its impact.

Please note that this list is indicative of the key responsibilities of this role but is not exhaustive and may change overtime as our projects develop.

 

Knowledge, Experience and Capabilities

Essential

  • Educated to degree level, in a relevant subject or equivalent experience or qualifications related to land management or environment management.
  • Proven project/task management skills to plan and manage projects, manage risks, costs, time and delivery.
  • Proven ability to influence others, communicate effectively, build collaborative relationships, and able to effectively represent and advocate for the organisation.
  • Established individual with a strong network that can enhance the delivery and development of our work in relation to innovative land management approaches
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written.
  • Competent IT user (full Microsoft office suite of tools)

Desirable

  • Experience of working with farmers/environmental management projects
  • Passionate about British agriculture and enhancing the interface between land management and the environment
  • Knowledge of Herefordshire’s environmental challenges and farming systems

 

Personal qualities and values

  • Strong interpersonal skills, being able to build positive and effective working relationships, and communicate well to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, able to solve issues quickly, efficiently and creatively.
  • Impressive time management and organisational skills.
  • A good team player who can collaborate effectively with a wide range of team members, partner organizations and funders.
  • Able to use own initiative to manage multiple priorities, motivated and driven to work effectively on their

 

How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter outlining your interest, relevant skills and experience for the role to hub@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Applications close at 5pm on 10th May.

 

Thank you for your interest in Herefordshire Rural Hub.

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