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Peatland Partnership Farm Liaison Officer

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Posted on Dec 22, 2021 by CHM Recruit

Somerset, United Kingdom
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£27.5k - £27.5k Annual

Do you have a passion for the environment, farming, land management and meeting the challenge of our climate emergency? Our client a nature conservation charity needs you to engage with landowners and farmers where their land forms part of the proposed areas for potential peat restoration.

Peatland Partnership Farm Liaison Officer
Salary: £27,500 per annum
Contract type: Fixed term, ending in March 2023
Working hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Location: Remote working/Somerset

This role sits within the Somerset Peatland Partnership. The post will share responsibility for these objectives:

    1. 1000 Ha of degraded peatland on a trajectory to recovery by 2025
    2. 262,500 cumulative tonnes of CO2e emission reductions by 2050*
    3. Somerset Peatland Partnership fully established for Somerset and North Somerset
    4. 2 applications to the DEFRA Nature for Climate Fund Restoration Grant, one in 2022 for the first tranche of sites and again in 2023 for the remainder.

Peatlands form the largest area of semi-natural habitat in the UK, home to a wide variety of wildlife some entirely dependent on the exacting conditions of peatland ecosystems, others more generalist wetland species. They are also Britain's most important terrestrial store of carbon. Yet, every peatland in the UK is damaged. As part of resolving the climate and biodiversity crises, we face, the 2020 Somerset Climate Strategy - Natural Environment Workstream includes an action to establish a Peatland Partnership to protect the peat we have and focus on restoration. The need for such a partnership is urgent to protect and where practical restore Somerset's remaining peatlands but collaboration and discussion with landowners and farmers will be key.

They need a passionate climate and nature advocate with farming experience, flair for communication on sensitive topics and ability to report and present to a wide range of audiences.

The role is a fixed term contract, ending in March 2023. Working 37.5 hrs across the week, which may include some evening and weekend work, you will be home based with travel across Somerset and so access to a vehicle and full, clean driving licence is essential.

*Calculated from moving 1000 Ha from 'extensive drained grassland' (emitting 13 tonnes CO2e/ha/yr) to 'near natural fen' (sequestering 1 tonnes CO2e/ha/yr) x 25 years. 14 tonnes CO2e x 1000 x 25 = 350,000 tonnes. To provide some head room and allowing time for habitats to change sufficiently they have estimated 75% of this 350,000 = 262,500 tonnes.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21st January, with interviews to be conducted online via Zoom on either Thursday 27th or Friday 28th January.

Please note that they will review applications throughout the advertising period and may close the advert early if a suitable applicant is found.


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Reference: 1438342677

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