Farming and Conservation Manager

Full time, permanent

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Salary Band D: £29-£31k pa, plus pension


Ready for your next farming or conservation management challenge?

We’re looking for an experienced conservationist or farm adviser to work at the cutting edge of future farming. This role is a rare opportunity to join a river conservation charity with a strong track record in water-friendly farming to:

  • Lead on the local delivery of the high profile national pilot scheme, Woodlands for Water (Riverscapes Partnership/Defra), and
  • Work with farmers and farmer cluster groups to develop ERT’s water-friendly farming offer in the catchment and support with shaping the future of the Environment Land Management Scheme (ELMS) through our Defra funded programmes.

You will have experience in facilitating farm cluster groups, excellent knowledge of riparian woodland planting schemes and management experience.  You will be confident working independently as well as leading a small team and are motivated by the opportunities that will emerge through ELMS to help direct farmers and landowners in the Eden Valley.

Your knowledge and experience of advising farmers on agri-environment schemes is a given. We’re looking for someone who is already looking to the future of farming – keeping up to date with the changes in farm funding, able to provide best practice advice to landowners on water-friendly farming practices and identify the value of their natural capital assets, as well as helping to secure tree planting incentives as part of Woodlands for Water.


Why join us?

Eden Rivers Trust is based in Penrith, within walking distance of the train station and the West Coast Mainline connecting Cumbria with Scotland and the rest of England.
Farming is a key part of the economic, social and cultural identity of the Eden Valley with 95% of the land devoted to agriculture. From iconic upland fells to lush lowland valleys, an abundance of small family farms as well as a few larger landowners can be found here operating a variety of farm businesses.

For the last 25 years, river conservation charity, Eden Rivers Trust has been the local champion of Eden’s rivers, working with farmers and landowners to deliver environmental improvements at a landscape scale, particularly in water quality, natural flood management, habitat quality and connectivity. Our innovative education and community programmes that connect people with rivers is an integral part of our conservation work.

For an informal conversation about the role, please call Michael Rogers (Head of Conservation) or Andy Dyer (Senior Farming and Conservation Manager) on 01768 866788.

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To apply, please complete the application form and Equal Opportunities form (see below) and email to or post to:

Attn: Michael Rogers, Eden Rivers Trust, 4 Cowper Road, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith. CA11 9BN

Closing date: 9 am, Friday 21 January 2022.

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