Farm Parks Project Officer
Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer
Responsible for: (No reportees)
Hours of work: 37 hours to include routine evening and weekend working
Holiday: 25 Days
Base: RBST Head Office – Stoneleigh Park. Travel throughout the UK will be required.
1. To deliver the RBST’s Farm Park Project which aims to transform the existing group of Approved Farm Parks into a comprehensive network delivering coordinated conservation programmes, the promotion of native breed products and knowledge transfer.
2. To be the primary point of contact for the Approved Farm Parks, sharing expertise and coordinating breeding programmes and educational events.
3. To be jointly responsible for the dissemination of technical advice to the Executive, Council, members and the public, via demonstrations, workshops, etc.
4. Liaise with the media and all other appropriate publications as required, on all aspects of delivery relating to the work of the Farm Park Project.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To lead the delivery of the RBST’s Farm Park Project, which has the following objectives:
• Establish a “Prince of Wales Charity” conservation breeding group at every Approved Farm Park.
• Coordinate breeding programmes to enable the genetic diversity of our threatened breeds to be maintained and enhanced.
• Create a geographically and genetically comprehensive Approved Farm Park network throughout the UK.
• Raise awareness of native livestock breeds among both potential keepers and wider society.
• Promote products from native livestock breeds to a wider audience.
• Provide a one stop shop source of advice to Approved Farm Parks.
• Create a knowledge transfer and support facility for those working in Approved Farm Parks. The Project Officer will be able to call upon the wider resources of RBST, including technical and practical advice on breeding programmes and various communications and backroom functions
2. To be the first point of contact with RBST for Approved Farm Parks.
3. To produce reports, budgets and other materials as required.
4. Demonstrate a professional image commensurate with the RBST’s expectations.
5. Any other duties commensurate with the duties of the post.
Person Specification Qualifications
• Degree in agriculture or biological sciences or equivalent or an equivalent level of experience Skills and Experience
• Proven track record and demonstrable success within an outreach technical role in a comparable organisation.
• Proven track record of project management.
• Practical experience of working with farm animals and associated agricultural organisations
• Good understanding of livestock genetics and breeding
• Understanding and appreciation of budgetary control
• Experience of effective communication with individuals at all levels
• Ability to prepare and deliver presentations
• Experience of working with the media, marketing and public relations
• Experience of Health and Safety procedures and practices
• Good level of IT competence
• Full UK driving licence Personal Characteristics
• Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Willing to work out of hours and away from home occasionally
• Empathetic understanding of agriculture, landscape, heritage and our cultural identity
• Target driven – with the ability to work to deadlines
• Ability and confidence to provide accurate technical and genetic advice
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