A national farming organisation is reaching out to people in the Tyne Valley in a bid to raise its profile.

Agriculturalists with suitable skills are being sought to fill two key roles at the National Sheep Association (NSA).

A senior policy consultant is required to work alongside the NSA’s chief executive Phil Stocker, as well as other members and staff, to support development work in the industry.

A spokesman for the NSA said: “The role will suit an enthusiastic, organised and creative individual. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with agricultural policy. “They will perform well on independent projects and work effectively with other staff and volunteers.

“They will have good communication skills suited to the agricultural sector.”

The spokesman added that all applicants must have a full driving licence and be willing to travel, with the role having some commitments at the NSA’s head office at Malvern in Worcestershire.

The NSA is also seeking a digital communications officer to enhance the organisation’s online profile.

The spokesman added: “This is an exciting and varied role with involvement in all online NSA presence, in particular the website and social media.

“The role will expand on our existing social media and web based activities and support our policy and communications team by maximising communication opportunities based on their work.

“We are looking for someone with excellent visual, verbal and visual skills, experience with social media platforms and content management systems.

“The NSA is seeking someone with a genuine interest, or previous experience, of agriculture and ideally sheep farming. This position would particularly suit someone who has previously worked in a marketing or communications role.

“The successful candidate will be confident with IT, creative, self-motivated, and analytical.

“The NSA is also looking for someone who will work well within the team at head office and will successfully engage with our members, stakeholders and the wider industry.”

For more information visit the NSA website. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday, September 1.

The NSA is funded by its membership of sheep farmers. It is a specialist organisation dedicated to safeguarding the interests and future of sheep farmers throughout the UK.

It was founded in 1892 as a forum for progressive breeders to discuss their respective views, an has been known as the NSA since 1969.