Garden Team Manager and Outreach Coordinator
(freelance position. 1 year)
Deadline for applications: Midnight Monday 13th May 2018
Our Yard | Clitterhouse Farm Project, Cricklewood, London, NW2
The directors of Our Yard are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic hands-on Garden Team Manager and Outreach Coordinator to run and develop our community garden at Clitterhouse Farm, Cricklewood, NW2. Your role will be to manage and coordinate a team of community volunteers, taking responsibility for all garden activities, as well as establishing and developing the farm garden as a centre of education and garden enterprise.
A large component of this work will be with local schools including primary, secondary and special education schools nearby. This will include coordinating school visits to the farm and delivering workshops as well as working with the schools to develop their own gardens. The role will also include responsibility for floral bedding designs, plant ordering, running workshops, health and safety, volunteer development and the security of all equipment.
You will work on a freelance basis but will act as Our Yard’s representative in all matters relating to the day to day management of the garden. The successful candidate will be positive, self-motivated, team focused, have excellent inter-personal skills and an understanding of the education system and associated horticultural or permaculture qualifications. You also need to have good range of traditional gardening skills such as pruning, seasonal bed planting and tending to containerised trees and shrubs. You will have a horticultural qualification at QCF level 2 or equivalent experience with practical horticultural or permaculture experience, as well as proven experience of managing a team and working with people of all ages. You should be a proactive, enthusiastic and well organised individual able to work both independently and part of a team. Experience managing budgets, reporting for funding bodies and excellent communication and IT skills are essential in this role. Previous experience of leading a team and the ability to problem solve are vital.
A full driving licence and own vehicle would be advantageous.
Minimum of 8 hours per week. Hours and times will vary and applicants must be available to work some weekends and evenings.
Freelance / non-permanent role. Duration 1 year, with the view to extend if funding permits.
- To design a planting scheme for the Farm Garden.
- To grow a range of flowering plants, shrubs, trees, fruit and vegetables to sell at the Clitterhouse Farm Café or through an on-site market.
- To oversee and co-ordinate the development of the Farm Garden.
- To actively recruit community volunteers and co-ordinate them
- To build links with local schools.
- To provide workshops for local schools and support schools to develop their own gardens.
- To provide garden workshops for the community.
- To complete all administration tasks required to manage the Farm Garden.
- To work at all times in a spirit of positivity and encouragement and in a way that values diversity.
Please send a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role and a CV to garden(at)clitterhouse(dot)com by midnight Monday 13th May. Candidates must be available to attend an interview on a weekend. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to organise a convenient interview date and time.
We will endeavour to acknowledge receipt of your application by email; however only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. You will be required to provide proof of qualifications and ID at the interview.
Our Yard is a community-led organisation and is run primarily by volunteers. We are an equal opportunities organisation and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We focus on ability and believe people work best when they feel valued, safe and happy. We do all that we can to make sure that Clitterhouse Farm is friendly and welcoming to everyone.
This role is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (for working with young people) and providing evidence of right to work in the UK.
If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please call Thomas on 07733043701
We are very much looking forward to receiving your application.