Wicklow Uplands Council works for the sustainable use and enjoyment of the local landscape in partnership with those who live work and recreate there. Wicklow Uplands Council, in partnership with Teagasc, has been awarded funding for the Sustainable Uplands Agri-environment Scheme (SUAS) pilot project for the Wicklow/Dublin uplands.
SUAS is one of the successful European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture, Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) projects. The EIP-AGRI initiative in Ireland is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). EIP-AGRI projects involve the cooperation of farmers, scientists, advisors, NGOs and others coming together in Operational Groups to address a specific issue or to take advantage of a new opportunity. Wicklow Uplands Council has assembled an Operational Group with a range of expertise and experience to support the SUAS project. Members of the Operational Group include upland farmers along with experts in hill production, agri-environment, ecology, rural development, water quality, conservation, public relations and administration & finance.
The objective of the five-year, locally led pilot, is to develop practical solutions that will address the complex agricultural, environmental and socio-economic challenges associated with the land management of commonages and farms on the Wicklow/Dublin uplands. It evolved from local research that identified the poor to bad conservation status of the uplands and the uplands farmer’s attitude, understanding and responses to it. The pilot will grow stakeholder ownership of the local challenges and provide a flexible supporting framework to assist them in developing solutions.
We are seeking to recruit a full-time project manager to implement the SUAS pilot project on behalf of Wicklow Uplands Council SUAS Clg. The project manager will work closely with the Operational Group and have significant responsibilities for the implementation of the pilot. The project manager will operate from the SUAS Project Office which is based at Wicklow Uplands Council office, Parish Hall, Main St, Roundwood, Co Wicklow. A secondment arrangement may be considered to fill this position.
For more information on this vacancy including responsibilities, requirements and details on how to apply please visit the Wicklow Uplands Council website: www.wicklowuplands.ie/suas-project-manager-role
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