Farming Communications Officer
Location: Bristol
Salary: £27,099
Expires: 05/07/2022 23:59

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

The Farming & Land Use Team have big plans to broaden the support we give to farmers and growers so more of them can transition towards nature friendly farming practices. Communications is integral to making this happen. This role will work within the farming communications team to capture the stories of farmers and growers in our network who are leading the way and help them inspire and equip others to do the same. To do this you will find yourself:

• Asking questions to farmers on the phone or on the field to capture and share their knowledge.

• Working with our farming and land use advisors to share the outcomes of their projects to agricultural communities.

• Drafting and posting social media content aimed at sharing nature friendly farming stories

• Co-ordinating our regular newsletters

• Representing the organisation at farm walks and conferences

• Updating our website with practical knowledge and case studies

• Project managing videographers, photographers and journalists

About you

We are looking for a passionate communicator to help us radically change the way agriculture is done in the UK. No prior knowledge of farming is necessary (although it is desirable) but you must be enthusiastic about learning the ins and outs of agriculture in the UK. We are looking for:

• An excellent writer and copyeditor who can combine creative and engaging writing with practical down to earth knowledge transfer, so we bring farming practices to life.

• Digital experience of delivering timely content sharing on email, social and website platforms as well as user engagement

• A storyteller who can capture and find the right mediums for the right story, including press, case study creation and film

• Someone who can learn the language of our farmer and grower audience groups and understand their needs so we can help them best.

• A great team player, willing to get stuck in to whatever is needed, giving input with their ideas and learning from new challenges as they go

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays

  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution

  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce

  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives

  • Family friendly policies and flexible working

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce

Hours

37.5 hours

Permanent

Location

Bristol/Hybrid - 2 days office based per week

To Apply

Click ‘apply now’ to submit your application form. Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application. All candidates will subsequently receive an email to confirm whether they have made it through to interview stage.

For any queries, please contact recruitment@soilassociation.org

Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters.

We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognise that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our work at the Soil Association.

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