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Lead Strategy Adviser (Farming, Nature and Landscape)

Job details
Posting date: 14 June 2024
Salary: £37,378 to £43,103 per year, pro rata
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 07 July 2024
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Remote working: Hybrid - work remotely up to 1 day per week
Company: Lake District National Park Authority
Job type: Permanent
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Interview date on Thursday 18 July to take place at Wayfaring House, Kendal

We’re recruiting a Lead Strategy Advisor (Farming, Nature and Landscape) to translate Government policy into strategy for the Lake District National Park and to care for what is special about this place.

We’re at an important stage of delivering our Lake District National Park Partnership (LDNPP) management plan and this role will play key part in restoring nature, adapting to climate change and continuing our journey towards net zero. The Lead Strategy Adviser will also support the ongoing agricultural transition and develop strategies and projects with partners to ensure we meet the opportunities these present.

What’s it like to work here?
As part of the Strategy and Environment team, you’ll be working closely with our Natural Environment Advisers and Policy Advisers, Farming Officer along with an experienced and talented team of work colleagues and partners.

We’ve moved to hybrid working combining working from home and days at our office base in Kendal. You’ll be provided with a laptop to enable you to access our secure IT network when working remotely. Our main office sites are in Kendal, Haverthwaite and Threlkeld, so they’ll also be opportunities to travel through the park to meet with key staff and work at our other bases.

The role
As a Lead Strategy Adviser, you’ll co-create evidence-based strategies and plans to deliver farming led-nature recovery whilst sustaining our cultural heritage and translating this into delivery to achieve a range of benefits to the people who live, work and visit the Lake District National Park.

Duties and responsibilities include:
• Providing leadership, advice and support for colleagues across the Authority, and particularly our ‘Team Nature’, to deliver ambitions for climate adaptation, farming led nature recovery, give specialist input to commons management, World Heritage Site matters and for the grant scheme Farming in Protected Landscapes
• Keeping an overview of the challenges and opportunities that we manage all the time providing responsive advice and guidance to a range of colleagues and stakeholders across a variety of thematic areas for nature, climate, people and places around the Park
• Responding to and developing our approach to nature recovery, integrating the new Protected Landscapes Outcomes and Targets Framework into our work and landscape monitoring; as well as developing nature-based finance opportunities, delivering innovative strategies for how these become accessible to Lake District farmers and land managers
• Working with colleagues, partners and communities to develop programmes of projects that deliver our strategies, and which are appropriately resourced from securing funding bids as well as nature-based finance
• With partners, coordinate the delivery of our Management Plan outcomes for forestry, farming, nature and climate and other relevant strategies such as the Cumbria Local Nature Recovery Strategy

About us
The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We encourage people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Our staff include rangers and field workers, advisers at our visitor centres, planners and ecologists.

Working with us, you’ll enjoy
• Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
• Electric car and Cycle to Work schemes
• Paid time off so you can volunteer
• Subsidised healthcare scheme
• Commitment to wellbeing

We’re happy to talk about flexible working – let us know if you want to find out more.

See our website for a complete list of our employee benefits.

For an informal chat and to find out more, please contact Tim Duckmanton (Team Leader Strategy and Environment) on or 07776 274450

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications, so please apply early to avoid missing this opportunity.

Diversity and Inclusion
As an equal opportunities' employer, the Lake District National Park Authority is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination based on age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

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We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as well as meeting any of the qualification, skills or experience defined as essential.

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