Farm Advisor


Do you have experience of providing farming and conservation advice? We’re looking to recruit a Farm Advisor to join our Agriculture and Land Management Team, who will focus on helping farmers to protect water quality and make the farm businesses more sustainable, driving forward our programme to improve and protect the Ballinderry and Lough Neagh’s western-shore rivers.

About the job

Job Title: Farm Advisor – Ballinderry Rivers Trust

Location: Cookstown, County Tyrone, with home working option

Reports to: Agriculture & Land Manager

Salary Range: £24,145 – £27,165 (Grade 3) plus Pension and Life Assurance
Commensurate with skills and experience.

Contract: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Permanent (subject to 6-month probationary period)

Working as part of the Trust’s Agriculture & Land Management Team based near Cookstown, the successful candidate will work across a variety of projects, designed to encourage, and support landowners to adopt changes in agricultural and land management practices, intended to bring about improved water quality and freshwater habitats at a catchment-scale, whilst also benefiting farm businesses.

The post-holder will undertake one-to-one farm visits, working with landowners to identify ways to reduce the risk and impact of diffuse and point-source water pollution from agriculture. This will be done through the production of bespoke Water Environment Management Plans and delivery of capital intervention works through the Trust’s Water-friendly Farming Scheme.

The post-holder will also aim to raise awareness, improve understanding and acceptance amongst farmers and land managers of diffuse and point-source pollution from agriculture and its impact on water quality and the wider water environment.

Engagement with farmers in targeted priority areas of the Ballinderry River catchment and western-shore rivers of Lough Neagh will seek to create, through a voluntary approach, a sense of ownership and achievement within the farming community in relation to improving water quality and water dependant species and habitats in the catchments across the Trust’s operational area.

This is an opportunity to be at the heart of a growing, dynamic, and enthusiastic team and your role will be essential to the growth and development of the Trust to make a real difference to the environment.

The Trust currently has several agriculture and land management projects, across which the successful candidate will work.
1. Delivery on the Landscape-scale Initiatives for Nature Conservation (LINC) project
Work with farmers to find opportunities to improve infrastructure and change land management practices through the Trust’s Water-friendly Farming Scheme, underpinned by a need to reduce diffuse and point source agricultural pollution to surface water.
2. Delivery on the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Group Facilitation Project
In addition to the above:
Co-ordinate, deliver and participate in on-farm demonstration and best practice events to help with the promotion and awareness raising of the core messages and schemes of the programme.
3. Delivery on the Water Innovation Network – Win Win Solutions for water-friendly farming project
Through this European Innovation Partnership project, establish the Ballinderry River catchment as a Water-friendly Farming Innovation Test Catchment, through a network of knowledge exchange demonstration farms.
4. Delivery on the UK Farmer Group Discussion Network
Assist in the coordination and growth of this farmer-led Network in Northern Ireland by promoting the network to farmer groups and encouraging participation.
5. General Trust duties
Contribute to the overall work and objectives of the Trust.

Download the full Job Description which details the key duties and responsibilities and the person specification for this role.

To arrange an informal chat about this role please contact the Trust’s Agriculture and Land Manager on

Please email a CV (two pages max) and a covering letter (two pages max) focusing on your relevant experience and what you will bring to the role and to Ballinderry Rivers Trust, to

Closing Date
Thursday 28th April 2022 at 4:00 pm

Interview Date TBC