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Jul 6, 2021

Farming in Protected Landscapes Recruitment

We are recruiting a Business Support Officer for the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme

About the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme 

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

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.

More information about the programme can be found on our website here.   

Farming in Protected Landscapes - Business Support Officer


£22,627 - £24,491 pro rata

Date Closes:


Ref Number:


Working Pattern:

Temporary Part Time


AONB office, near Hungerford, Berkshire

About the role

We are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced administrator 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 (AONB).

This is a varied role, working closely with the Farming in Protected Landscapes 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

You will 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.

To apply go to:

For an informal discussion about this job, please contact Henry Oliver, Director North Wessex Downs  AONB. Email: or telephone: 07786 173296 (mobile) or  01488 685440 (landline).


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