Care Farm Co-ordinator

Camphill Village Trust

Newnham On Severn, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
£22,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01594 516551 Clare Bond

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 26th February 2018   3 days left

The Camphill Village Trust is looking for a Care Farm Co-ordinator to work within one of our Gloucestershire communities. 

It’s an exciting opportunity to lead Care Farming activities that create therapeutic and learning opportunities for people with learning disabilities and other individuals with support needs who to choose to attend day placements with Gloucestershire CVT.

You will be working as part of the Land Team in carrying out day-to-day activities and tasks on the farm and gardens. The primary focus will be to support community members and others using day opportunities to achieve agreed goals during day placements on the farm/gardens in a meaningful and safe manner.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 5th March. The role will commence from the beginning of April. 

To apply please follow the link to our website to see the Job Description and apply online. Alternatively please email: for an application form. 

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact us. 

Main responsibilities:

  • To put in place the required processes and evidence the meeting of the Code of Practice as defined by Care Farm UK, ensuring that the standard is maintained. To continue to develop a thriving Care Farm within CVT, ensuring that meaningful and structured work opportunities are provided to people we support, and all individuals have an opportunity to experience variety and progression.
  • Make sure that volunteers and employees who work within the Care Farm are inducted, trained, developed, supervised and directed on a day-to-day basis; receive regular formal supervision and annual reviews (and any employees are fairly and safely recruited) in accordance with CVT Policies, and are effectively supported in their work.
  • Make sure all team members work within the appropriate policies, procedures, practices and controls (identifying and putting in place any that are necessary for the workshop) and that appropriate recording and reporting arrangements are used to support and evidence the meeting of CVT, contractual and regulatory requirements and KPI’s, having particular regard to health and safety requirements.
  • Keep all appropriate records and information in an orderly manner and on a timely basis, provide any information and documentation required and prepare regular reports on the workshop activity to help make sure there is accurate and timely information available about the workshop.
  • Undertake such other tasks as required individually or with others to develop and maintain the high quality of service required to fulfil the vision of the community, including for example by actively participating in meetings and in relevant training and organising the workshop to support festivals and cultural activities as agreed by line manager.

Employment terms: 

  • The salary will be £22,000 a year.
  • 37.5 hours a week, normally 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with a 30 minute lunch break (unpaid). Occasional weekend work may be required to cover annual leave.
  • There is the opportunity for a 3% contribution to a stakeholder pension.
  • Holiday entitlement is 6.6 weeks (inclusive of public holidays)
  • Sick pay entitlement is 4 weeks after one month, increasing to 8 weeks after 3 years, 12 weeks after 5 years.
  • Notice 4 weeks or statutory minimum if greater.
  • Review period six months.

Person specification


  • Experience working within a Care Farm or similar care / land based setting.
  • Previous experience of teaching or delivering structured activities to groups.


  • Reasonable general education (evidence of numeracy and literacy)

Key skills and knowledge

  • Significant knowledge of farming practice and animal husbandry.
  • Good knowledge of health and safety legislation,
  • Safeguarding
  • First line management
  • Basic computer skills and ability to complete word processing / spreadsheets tasks.
  • Record keeping and assessment skills.


  • Able to be sensitive, yet objective, about the needs of adults with learning difficulties.
  • Able to recognise relevant information in verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Good social and oral communication skills.
  • Able to motivate and organise self and others.
  • Flexible, with good problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team.

Other requirements

  • Driving licence – Essential (Not more than 6 points)
  • Tractor Driving Experience (Desirable)
  • Satisfactory enhanced (adults) disclosure.

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