Senior Community Gardener

St John's Church/The Bridge at Waterloo

£22,500 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 07762373674 Giles Goddard

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 2nd March 2018  

St John’s Churchyard, Waterloo Road, SE1 8TY is a remarkable, award winning (Green Flag and Silver in London in Bloom) urban garden in the centre of London. It is maintained by St John’s Church in partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth. It has exceptional potential as an urban community garden while retaining its reputation for interesting planting. We are seeking a Senior Community Gardener to help us make our vision a reality. The commitment is for 14 hours per week.

Employer: The Bridge at Waterloo, registered charity of St John’s Waterloo

Accountable to: The Chair of the Garden Management Committee

Line Manager: The Chief Executive of the Bridge at Waterloo

Job Overview

St John’s Churchyard: the Senior Community Gardener will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the vision for the garden set for St John’s churchyard garden by the Garden Management Committee. S/he will undertake key gardening tasks to maintain and improve the green space. The role will involve establishing and carrying out sound horticultural practices in the cultivation of the space, including improving areas for conservation and wildlife, reducing the use of water and pesticides and championing good practice. It will also include developing volunteer involvement, both working with existing volunteers, some of whom have special needs, and identifying and developing new volunteer projects with local people.


  • Maintaining and creatively developing this beautiful and historic churchyard garden.
  • Taking responsibility for agreed operational planning within the garden.
  • Establishing and extending volunteer involvement in its upkeep.
  • Liaising with other community and voluntary groups within the local area, identifying partnership opportunities where appropriate.
  • Ensuring the maintenance of good standards of horticultural practice.
  • Promoting sustainability and increasing ecological diversity.
  • Ensuring that the garden is tidy and litter free on work days
  • Assisting with the recruitment, co-ordination, support and supervision of our existing garden volunteers, some of whom have special needs.
  • Identifying the relevant educational needs of our volunteers and finding accredited training if appropriate.
  • Ensuring all relevant health and safety standards are met. Conducting and reviewing risk assessments as required.
  • Being responsible for the proper use, maintenance and safe storage of all plant, machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Attending meetings of the Garden Management Committee, reporting on all relevant matters.
  • Upholding all St John’s Church policies and procedures.
  • As required, undertaking some additional duties commensurate with the post, including working flexible hours and occasional weekends if possible.



  • Recognised Level 3 qualification in Horticulture or a related subject
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and excitement for plants and the potential to improve the garden
  • Evidence of successful garden project planning
  • Experience of supervising volunteers, including an ability to teach by example.
  • Willingness to understand other community-based organisations and promote useful partnerships.
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations
  • Reliable and organized, self-motivated and flexible


  • Friendly and approachable
  • Qualified first aider or willing to acquire this qualification

This is a part time post of 14 hours a week (specific days and times to be agreed)

Salary – £22,500 pro rata

Pension – We will contribute 3% of annual salary to an approved personal pension plan.

Looking after our visitors

St John’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to satisfactory DBS and reference checks.

To apply:

Send your CV to describing and listing tasks of relevant educational, extra-curricular and employment experience with a cover letter (max. 2 sides) explaining why you want the role and how your skills and experience match the person specification, including details of a recent gardening project that demonstrates the skills required for this type of role

Email for applications: 

Closing date: Friday 2nd March Interviews: Thursday 15th March, a.m.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the UK.

For an informal chat or for any further information, please contact the Chair of the Garden Committee, Philippa Owen: or 07932 744539

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