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Job opportunity - Livestock Projects Assistant with Innovation for Agriculture (IfA)

Date Published: 05/06/2024

Job Profile:  Livestock Projects Assistant

Department: Livestock Team

About Innovation for Agriculture

Innovation for Agriculture (IfA) is an independent organisation set up by RASE in 2013 to work with farmers to develop knowledge that will ensure farming is sustainable, resilient and productive.

IfA connects farmers with farming research by running practical and interactive workshops, farm walks and events to ensure practice with science.

Summary of this role

This is an exciting role working in the Livestock team in a variety of projects supporting farmers to respond to current challenges facing the sector. By understanding regenerative principles and relating these to the livestock sector whether that be animal health & welfare, production efficiencies, soil health, water resources, climate emergency and nature friendly farming.

We are expecting applicants to have livestock farming experience and / or background enabling them to interact with farmers and build strong working relationships within the industry.

Job title

Livestock Projects Assistant

Reports to

Head of Livestock

Holly Shearman


Home based with regular travel through UK and willing to travel EU at times

Job Summary

 This role will be to support the livestock team by working with farmers to identify and adopt best practice via farm events, demonstration events, action groups and meetings. To include GHG audits, action planning and farm visits

Key responsibilities

Working with farmers in a variety of areas to understand the importance of livestock in the system regarding carbon, soil health, agroecology including change management and farmer to farmer learning. This role will include the delivery of a variety of projects, engaging with a range of farmers and industry.

Contribute to the day to day running of IFA dealing with writing copy, media communications and timely reports.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from anyone interested in this role who feel that they have the relevant experience and skills.

Notice period

3 Months


4th June 2024

Contract Type

Following probation of 6 months this would lead to a permanent position

Salary details

£24,000 -£26,500 depending on experience

Hours of work

35 hours per week

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organisation.

Person specification


  • Educated to Degree level in Agriculture / Animal Science or related subject.
  • Practical agricultural experience with an understanding of UK livestock systems
  • Produce reports, newsletter articles and presentations.
  • Team player
  • IT skills and use of digital tool experience
  • Ability to travel, flexible working hours to cover events and away trips.
  • Understanding of Project Management techniques
  • Personal and communication skills
  • Car and full license


  • Experience of working with farmers
  • Understanding of research process
  • Knowledge of regenerative agriculture and climate change

Personal Skills

  • Ability to work on your own initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible approach to working.

How to apply

Please submit your two-page CV with a cover letter, outlining your skills, experience and what you would bring to the role to Holly Shearman - hollys@i4agri.org

Applications close on 30th June 2024 (Midnight)