Birmingham, West Midlands
£230 - £259 per day
Rail Technical Team
11 months ago
Job Title: Agricultural Liaison Officer
Job Type: Contract
Rate: Negotiable depending on experience
To support development of the engagement approach for agricultural aspects of the programme including development of the technical quality specifications, standards and assurance for the agricultural and soil aspects of the programme.
Assist with protocol development with relevant agricultural content and assist with review of draft text for agricultural and soil, assessments and mitigation measures, ensuring the information is accurate and complete. This covers a wide range stages of design, including EIA, GI and detailed design.
Support the agriculture and soil manager on scoping, tendering and project managing those route‐wide activities undertaken by consultants, such as surveys and on‐going design.
Work closely with the delivery teams and other project elements including consultancy teams; assisting with the development, delivery and monitoring of appropriate engagement initiatives, providing support and guidance to ensure agriculture is properly integrated into the overall engagement approach.
Organise, attend and organise follow up meetings with farmers' landowners and rural businesses and facilitate meaningful engagement with stakeholders including NFU, CAAV, CAV and land agents.
Work with delivery teams in developing consistent approaches including land access, surveys and works likely to affect stakeholders.
Work with delivery teams to develop event materials that provide information to stakeholders with special focus on agriculture, to ensure stakeholders can make informed responses to consultation.
Continue to develop professionally, maintaining technical competencies and identifying opportunities for learning new skills in order to meet work objectives more effectively.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE
Degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental subject.
Master's degree in a relevant subject area is beneficial.
Working towards chartership by a relevant body.
Experience of communicating, project managing and negotiating with a wide range of multidisciplinary stakeholders such as Agencies, Environment / Engineering specialists and external engagement with stakeholders including farmers, landowners and organisations including NFU, CAAV CAV, Defra and Natural England.
Knowledge of agriculture legislation, policy and best practice guidance across a range of areas including agricultural and soil assessment and management.
Technical expertise in agriculture; for example, the Agricultural Land Classification system, agriculture and soil inputs to EIA, and land restoration.
Experience dealing with agricultural and soil issues on construction projects at the options, EIA, design and construction stages.
Experience developing pragmatic analysis and mitigation strategies.
Understanding of mitigation measure design and implementation.