Part time fixed term position until March 2022 based in the FWAG SouthWest Wellington Office

Salary: £28,000 - 32,000 pro rata (Part time 15-22.5 Hours per week)

The post will suit someone who has a vision to see land managers and owners on the Somerset Levels and Moors work together to achieve solutions to shared challenges in the wetland landscape.

The concept of independent Moor Associations is not yet formally established but emerged in the 20 Year Somerset Flood Action Plan (FAP) following the major flooding event in 2014. The FAP outlined a number of measures throughout the catchments of the Somerset Levels and Moors to reduce flood risk and build resilience to flooding. One of the longer-term actions put forward was the need for land managers and owners on individual moors to work together in a more coordinated way to help cope with and adapt to the challenges presented by future climatic uncertainty, declining central government investment and the costs of maintaining the flood management infrastructure. The Moor Associations concept has already been tested in certain parts of the Levels and the approach will be rolled out under the Co-Adapt Project.    

The role will encourage land mangers/owners to work together on individual moors for mutual benefit by forming groups like independent Moor Associations. It will facilitate the coming together, setting up and running of the groups on different moors.

Closing date for Application: 25th March 2019 1700hrs GMT

Interview Date: Wednesday 10th April 2019

Job Description - Moor Associations Co-ordinator

Download, complete and submit the FWAG SW Job Application Form (details on form).

For further information about the role please contact Ben Thorne - [email protected]

 


About the Co-Adapt Project - Somerset Levels and Moors

The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West is a leading provider of advice and support to the farming and land managing community in Somerset and across the region. It is a charity that seeks to combine commercial land management with environmental delivery.

Co-Adapt is an EU Interreg funded project to look at how different areas in SW England, Flanders, the Netherlands and NE France can adapt to the challenges presented by climate change to the water management. A key part of this approach is to involve the communities affected by climate change to be involved in the design of adaptation options and use nature-based solutions. The Project is match funded locally by the Somerset Rivers Authority. The funding is not affected by the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Somerset Levels and Moors is a large wetland area with a complex range of flooding, farming and nature issues. It has multiple environmental designations, complex flood management infrastructure, active farm, small settlements and other rural businesses. The Levels is split up into different low-lying ‘Moors’, separated by higher ground, that have distinct hydrological and natural character.

In Somerset, the project will bring together Somerset Wildlife Trust – working on the development of climate change adaptation pathways at a local level, Somerset County Council – leading community engagement and building resilience, and FWAG SouthWest – liaising with farmers and other land-based businesses to implement adaptation measures at farm and whole moor level.  

 

These posts are funded through EU Interreg and Somerset Rivers Authority