Community & Education Gardener

Global Generation


Paid • Part Time • Temporary Robyn Riddoch

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 13 October 2017

Job purpose

To ensure the smooth running of gardening sessions and workshops through managing and leading groups of various ages in practical gardening, craft and nature related activities. This is a sessional role and working hours will vary. It would best suit someone who may already have regular work elsewhere or students. 

Organisational Context

Our home is in the middle of the King's Cross development area, a construction site of 67 acres. Among the cranes and the cement mixers, the apartment buildings and the office blocks, our Skip Garden is an urban oasis with a twist - a portable garden that moves to different locations on the King's Cross site as and when land is sold and built on. It is a garden of a thousand hands, built by young people and local business volunteers, together creating a new and sustainable community. It is a unique space where apple trees, pumpkins and beans grow out of skips, and tomatoes, ginger and chillies grow under polytunnels made with water pipes and polythene.

We use land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. We primarily work with local young people, businesses and families in King's Cross as well as at our campsite in Wiltshire. We combine activities such as supporting bees, carpentry, urban food growing, cooking, and eating together with dialogue, story, creative writing, silence and stillness. These practices help us to create the conditions for people to come together in a fuller and more connected sense of who they are and what they are a part of and from that space, to support them to practically contribute to ecological and social change.

Working as a sessional community gardener, you will be running sessions and workshops around gardening and nature crafts for a variety of groups that come to the garden from hen parties and birthday parties, to family sessions targeted at vulnerable members of the community.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Arrive on time for setting up the session
  • Set-up and take down of session equipment and ensure space is safe
  • Familiarise yourself with plan for the session in good time and communicate with Global Generation’s Community Gardener if there are any questions
  • Lead creative horticulture workshops in a positive and engaging way
  • Encourage reflection and values based learning throughout, as detailed in Global Generation’s aims
  • Lead groups of a variety of ages and abilities in gardening and nature crafts activities

Essential skills and attributes

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to educating others about sustainability and food growing
  • Cheerful, positive personality
  • Reliable and flexible
  • Works well as member of a team
  • Resourceful and can take their own initiative

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