Farming in Protected Landscapes Business Support Officer - North Wessex Downs

  • Job Reference: CNS00884
  • Date Posted: 6 July 2021
  • Employer: Wiltshire Council
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  • Location: North Wessex Downs AONB
  • Salary: £22,627 to £24,491
  • Sector: Administration, Environment & Agriculture
  • Job Type: Part Time
  • Duration: Temporary

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Farming in Protected Landscapes Business Support Officer to join us until the end of March 2024 working 29.6 hours per week.


About the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme 

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a new three-year programme created by Defra and delivered by AONB and National Park teams across the country. The objectives of the programme are to support farmers and other land managers to deliver more for: 

  • Climate – supporting the delivery of net zero through nature and nature-based solutions to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.

  • Nature – supporting the delivery of the Nature Recovery Network and achieving the Government’s commitment to protect 30% of land by 2030.

  • People – providing a natural health service that will improve the nation’s public health and wellbeing through increased access to nature across all parts of society, as part of our green recovery

  • Place – supporting these landscapes as centres of excellence and green innovation that are flourishing places to live and work, each with a strong identity and cultural heritage, and high recognition as attractive visitor destinations.

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About the role

We are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic team member to support the delivery of the Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This is a varied role, working closely with the Officer, who will be encouraging and advising farmers and land managers across the AONB to submit high quality applications that deliver against the four programme outcomes of nature, climate, people and place.

About You

We will look to you to have significant experience in an administrative role, with knowledge of financial processes such as monitoring income and expenditure, financial control and compliance.

You will be issuing application forms, preparing grant agreements, managing claims and reporting processes. You will also organise and administer Local Assessment Panel meetings and excel at working effectively, prioritising tasks and working to defined deadlines whilst being adaptable and self-reliant with initiative and confidence.

A knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the landscapes, wildlife and local communities of the North Wessex Downs AONB may be helpful as would some knowledge of agri-environment schemes and/or farming experience.

Interviews will be held week commencing 2nd August 2021.

Find out more and apply

Interviews may be held face to face, virtually on Teams App or by phone where this is not possible.

For specific information about this job, please contact Henry Oliver, Director North Wessex Downs AONB. Email: or telephone: 07786 173296.

Please download and read the role description carefully before you make your application online by clicking the apply button at the bottom of this web page. If you are submitting a CV please ensure you read our CV and cover letter criteria carefully to avoid your CV being rejected.

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The council is a Disability Confident Employer which means we are committed to employing people with disabilities and supporting them throughout their employment with us.

EPIC Values

All candidates are assessed against the councils EPIC Values and EPIC culture (available below). Half of all questions during the interview will be based around these. 

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