Posted on Mar 19, 2020 by Blackstairs Farming Futures CLG
Job Description: Blackstairs Farming Futures Project Manager
Job Type: Contract (May 2020 to December 2022).
Location: BFF Office, 6 Irish Street, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
Report to: Project Implementation Officer.
Salary: Annual salary in the region of €45 k.
Blackstairs Farming Futures is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Project Manager to join its Project Team. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in agri-environment schemes, upland and commonage farming systems, stakeholder management, project administration and reporting. Experience with upland ecology and GIS would be very desirable.
Blackstairs Farming Futures clg is a company implementing a pilot project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative that is part of their Rural Development Programme 2.
The Blackstairs Mountains SAC extends to 5,000 ha of an open mountain on the border of counties Carlow and Wexford. It contains 17% of Ireland's European Dry Heath habitat. Research carried out for the Blackstairs Farming Group in 2015 confirmed an almost 50% reduction in farm holders under the age of 44 in Electoral Districts surrounding the Blackstairs Mountains. Data on farm viability indicates a high proportion of unsustainable farms in the Blackstairs area. The combination of an ageing farmer population and low farm incomes pose a threat to the achievement of the favourable status of the semi-natural habitats and associated species in the Blackstairs Mountains SAC.
The project objective is to adopt innovative approaches to add value to the Blackstairs hill farming system while simultaneously improving habitat condition.
The BFF pilot is developing and trialling three exciting innovations:
1.A Results Based Agri-Environment Payment Scheme for upland habitats and commonage land
2.An effective commonage governance model for Ireland
3. Broader community engagement in the environment, culture and tradition of farming in the uplands
The BFF Project Team is responsible for the overall management and delivery of the project objectives. The Team comprises of a Project Manager full-time, a Project Ecologist (part-time) and a Project Implementation Officer (part-time)
The Project Manager is responsible for all the day-to-day running of the project and will take the lead on the management and administrative function of the project. The successful candidate will report to the Project Implementation Officer and will work closely with the Project Ecologist.
•The successful candidate will have a level 8 degree in agricultural science or environmental science or related disciplines.
•The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years of relevant post-qualification experience. If the candidate has a higher level of qualification, this will be considered in place of post-qualification experience.
•Experience of project management and administration.
•Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills and be able to communicate with farmers and community groups.
•Experience of liaising and coordinating with stakeholders to ensure productive collaborations.
•Excellent computer skills.
•Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organise, analyse and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
•Experience of formal report writing, presenting findings and responding to queries clearly and concisely.
Applicants must submit a letter of application and a completed application form, electronically, to the Acting Project Manager at to be received no later than 17.00 March 20th, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
Selected individuals will be invited to attend for interview at the Project Office during the second week of April.
The contract will commence in May 2020.