Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officers – Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Location United Kingdom
Discipline: Agriculture, Farming, Horticulture, Food & Fresh Produce
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Salary minimum - £28,785
Contact name: Clive Phillips

Contact email: agricultureprogramme@environment-agency.gov.uk
Job ref: 15738LP
Published: 23 days ago

Agriculture Regulatory Inspection Officers – Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Environment Agency

Permanent

Salary minimum - £28,785 ​

The role

Do you have a good knowledge of agriculture or other regulation in England and want to improve our natural environment? Would you like to be at the forefront of agricultural change? This is an exciting opportunity as we are recruiting several new officers in our Environment Agency Wessex Area (Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire) to undertake regulatory inspections of farms.

Agricultural practices can cause significant and chronic pollution to our precious water environment, often caused by leaks of slurry and silage effluent, and other materials, stored and spread on farms.

We are looking for dynamic individuals ideally with experience and understanding of agriculture, or other regulatory activity, to work with farmers to increase their levels of compliance with existing environmental regulations. This will help safeguard and improve the future environment.

In this role you will:

•carry out targeted farm visits

•engage with farmers to influence them to change their practice, which may involve difficult conversations

•collect and report on data and findings

•be willing to undertake regulatory enforcement action when needed, prosecutions and the serving of notices

Many are transferrable skills and training will be provided. ​

The team

As a member of the Wessex Land and Water team (in Dorset, Somerset or Wiltshire), you will carry out targeted farm inspections to help improve farmer behaviours with respect to their local environment. You will be part of an operational team that is integral to delivering real environmental improvements.

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development. ​

Experience/skills required

The following skills are desirable:

•experience of working with farmers, on farms, the agriculture sector or other regulation

•an understanding of the complexities and challenges of working UK farms

•excellent communication and influencing skills

•an ability to have challenging conversations

You must have:

•a full UK driving licence

•IT skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel), be comfortable using an iPad and a laptop on a daily basis, and be able to input inspection findings into systems.

We welcome applications for part-time hours to support flexible working. However, where required, this role will involve a 2-month (virtual) training period following appointment during which successful applicants will be required to work full-time hours. ​

Additional information

These roles will be based at Bridgwater, Blandford, Chippenham. Further information can be found in the candidate pack.

You may be required to attend in hours incidents and can volunteer for out of hours incident working.

Vehicle transport will be provided to allow site inspections.

The Environment Agency values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community who wish to join a workforce which embraces difference and welcomes everyone.

For enquires please contact agricultureprogramme@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Closing date – June 29th

Interviews will be hosted by video in July.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click on the 'Apply Now' button to be redirected to the Environment Agency website.