Farm Discovery Coordinators

The Country Trust

Leeds/York area and Grantham area
£100/day

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.countrytrust.org.uk kwhitfield@countrytrust.org.uk 01245608363 Kay Whitfield

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 07 January 2018


FARM DISCOVERY COORDINATORS (self employed) FOR THE COUNTRY TRUST IN 

1. LINCOLNSHIRE AND NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE Location: Grantham area home-based

2. N AND W YORKSHIRE Location: N Leeds/York home-based

THESE ROLES ARE ADVERTISED SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION OF FUNDING, AND APPLICATION IS BY APPLICATION FORM,  AVAILABLE FROM THE COUNTRY TRUST WEBSITE.

Reporting to: Farm Discovery Manager

1. Scale of contract: 15 to 25 visits during the school year in 2018, if renewed may increase in 2019.

2. Scale of contract: 30 to 40 visits during the school year. 

Each visit represents up to two days’ work, plus induction and training time. We would also ask you to be available for our annual conference on 7/8 February 2018 in the Midlands.

The majority of delivery is within term time and within the school day though travel/preparation might be required before the start of the school day. Additional time will need to be allocated for administration, preparation and evaluation.

Remuneration: £100 per day plus expenses for mileage (currently 45p/mile). We allow one day for delivery, and a half day for organisation and a half day for a pre-visit per school farm visit where required. Normal business expenses (telephone, printing, broadband, office costs etc) are the responsibility of the contractor.

Terms: Self-employed, contract until end of December 2018 with the likelihood of renewal. Host farms ideally to be within an hour’s travel.

Additional requirements: The role requires a car driver with their own reliable car with business insurance cover. You will require a computer with an up to date operating system (compatible with Windows 10 and Office 365), and internet access of sufficient quality, and personal IT proficiency (including a working knowledge of Word and Excel) that ensures you can function as part of the Country Trust team. You will be required to travel to occasional team and staff meetings. The Country Trust will provide you with an email address but you will be responsible for providing a contact telephone number.

Main purpose of the role: To organise and deliver an agreed number of visits for the Country Trust’s Farm Discovery Programme, with schools with a higher than average proportion of children eligible for Free School Meals, bringing the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it. The Cambs/Lincs role is a new role, but both roles will also require you to find new farms to host visits and develop a new network of schools in the area.

The Ideal Candidate: You will have considerable experience (min. 2-5 years) of successfully delivering programmes to primary age children. You will have a real love of, and knowledge of food, farming and the countryside. We are looking for a self-motivated, well-organised, creative individual skilled at helping children of all backgrounds and abilities to succeed. You’ll be at ease with the farming and landowning community, possibly bringing your own farming connections and very aware of the responsibility of bringing children onto real working farms. You’ll be a team player but confident enough to work within a dispersed team reporting to a manager based elsewhere in the UK.

In return, you will have a flexible, primarily term time work pattern* and a job with great potential to transform children’s lives.

*NB: In our experience this role may not always enable you to undertake a school run before starting work. School holidays - we are keen to explore the potential to support a limited number of school holiday programme day visits for disadvantaged children, though recognise this may not be feasible for all coordinators.

Training: You will be provided with training in Country Trust delivery including Health and Safety, and Safeguarding standards and expectations

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the local face of the Country Trust, representing our values and helping to achieve our outcomes, bringing the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it through delivering high quality, transformational activities and visits.
  • Identify and recruit suitable host farms and estates for farm visits.
  • Identify and recruit suitable schools
  • Maintain contact and relationships with existing host farmers/estate owners (regular contact, offering support, thank you letters), helping them to deliver a unique and very special experience for the visiting children.
  • Maintain contact and relationships with existing schools and teachers.
  • Potential to recruit, train and manage volunteers to support the visits.
  • Attend preliminary visits and offer support to farmers and teachers in the preparation of risk assessments and planning educational activities for a planned farm visit.
  • Organise educational visits to farms and the countryside ensuring that schools and host farmers receive information (dates, timings, etc) on farm visits in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that all our activities are consistently safe and high quality, and that schools and farmers receive and are aware of all necessary documents covering risk assessment, liabilities, safeguarding, health and safety etc.
  • Report regularly on number of visits undertaken, and number of visits planned, number of children involved, evaluation of visits, accidents and incidents, near misses etc.
  • Help our fundraising team to maintain relationships with existing funders including providing information for reports to existing funders on activity delivered, and looking out for fundraising opportunities.
  • Help our Communications team to raise our profile in the media by keeping them informed of visits, activities and opportunities, supplying information as required and uploading photographs.
  • If agreed, deliver assemblies and lessons in schools, and help and support farmer hosts in the planning and delivery of the above.
  • If agreed, prepare, promote and deliver a CPD session for teachers.
  • If agreed, attend and represent the CT at seminars, meetings, etc and be able to showcase and promote the work of the CT.

Essential

  • Excellent communicator and skilled at relationship development
  • Experience of working with primary age children and teachers to share knowledge, ignite curiosity and broaden horizons. Able to pitch at an appropriate level for Primary school age children of all abilities and older children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Good knowledge of, and a love of food, farming and the countryside
  • Familiar with educational organisation (eg key stages) and the national curriculum able to discuss learning objectives and learning resources with teaching staff.
  • Familiar with risk assessments and able to prepare risk assessments for activities that the CT Coordinator is to lead themselves. Also, confident to support farmers and teachers to assess and minimise risk on farm visits.
  • Computer literate and unfazed by cloud based document storage and retrieval.
  • Self-motivated and able to work alone but also to contribute to a nationally dispersed team.
  • Well organised, good record keeping and administration

Desirable

  • Skilled at facilitating and mentoring farmers and landowners to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
  • Experience of delivering  cooking and/or gardening sessions (Yorkshire only)
  • Creative flair

Systems:

We use Office365 and a full suite of Office programmes.

Safeguarding:

The Country Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This is to be achieved through effective recruitment and retention of competent, motivated staff members and volunteers who are suited to, and competent in their roles. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

N Cambs and Lincs - Applications close at midnight on 14th January 2018 and interviews will be in w/b 22nd January 2018

N and W Yorkshire - Applications close midnight on 7th January 2018, interviews will be 17,18 or 19th January 2018


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