Part-time Community Engagement Officer

Let's Grow Preston

Various sites across Preston
Up to £22,152 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Temporary

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 30th March 2018  

Background information

Let’s Grow Preston (LGP) is a community environmental charity that aims to create and support environmental projects and activity across Preston and the wider PR postcode in Lancashire. The charity is governed by a board of Trustees and has a strong Management Committee.

LGP has two main bases in Preston on which much of its activity is concentrated, Ashton Community Garden and Grange Community Garden.

In partnership with The Larder CIC, Let's Grow Preston has received funding through Big Lottery’s 'Help through Crisis' Project, to support local food growing activities and initiatives across Preston until February 2021.

Purpose of post

LGP is now in a position to recruit a part time community engagement officer to develop the work of the charity and deliver the priorities of the HTC funding.

Main responsibilities

  1. To develop and build on Let's Grow Preston's existing network of community groups across the PR postcode area and support regular network meetings.
  2. To develop and build on Let's Grow Preston's existing network of contacts within the charity, public and private sectors; including local schools.
  3. To identify new project development opportunities that meet the aims of Let's Grow Preston and the Help through Crisis project in particular.
  4. To work with stakeholders, community groups, volunteers and participants to develop and deliver new projects and programmes of activity.
  5. To identify and apply for funding to support the work and project activities of Let's Grow Preston.
  6. To assist the Project Manager to establish robust methods of evaluating the work of Lets Grow Preston against project indicators.
  7. To co-ordinate evaluation and feedback, reviewing activity and making recommendations for revised activity, or new opportunities.
  8. To promote the work of Lets Grow Preston and lead on the delivery of key events in the organisations calendar e.g. Spring Fair, Christmas Fair etc.
  9. To develop and implement robust health and safety procedures and working practices including keeping of relevant records.
  10. To keep accurate records of equipment provided, activities undertaken, location of activities and number of participants.
  11. To contribute to the development Let's Grow Preston's Business Plan, with the aim of largely achieving sustainability of the organisation by 2021.
  12. To explore with the Project Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator ways in which local businesses can be involved and link with LGP to promote corporate involvement and support going forward.
  13. To produce regular LGP newsletters and update LGP's website and social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
  14. To help keep the sites at Ashton Walled Community Garden and Grange Community gardens clean and tidy including the office spaces and other buildings.
  15. Any other duties commensurate with the post.

Person Specification

This section details the experience, skills, knowledge and personal qualities required for the post.


  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade A-C or above including Mathematics and English
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in community engagement, project management and co-ordination
  • Experience in partnership working with a diverse range of audiences
  • Experience of dealing directly with members of the public
  • Experience of organising and planning public events and ensuring all health and safety and risk assessment requirements are met
  • High level of IT competency
  • Experience of applying for and securing grant funding of four figures and over
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage your own workload. Flexible and able to adapt to changing needs and circumstances
  • Excellent writing, presentational and promotional skills, including the use of social media
  • Project / activity development, exploring new and innovative ways to meet the aims of Lets Grow Preston
  • Commitment to the work of the Let's Grow Preston and its volunteer work, and belief in community empowerment
  • High levels of enthusiasm, self-motivation and confidence
  • Ability to develop working relationships with a wide range of people, including politicians and people of influence
  • Empathy with the issues that might be faced by different local communities
  • Ability to remain calm, use tact and diplomacy, and instigate resulting positive action
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of equal opportunities, the elimination of discrimination and the empowerment of individuals and groups.


  • Experience of recruiting and managing volunteers and local community group action, enabling groups to lead activities themselves
  • Knowledge of local communities within Preston and the PR postcode

General Terms and Conditions

Responsible to: Project Development Manager, Let's Grow Preston

Responsible for: Stakeholders, Community Groups, Volunteers and Participants.

Salary: up to £22,152.00 pro rata per annum. (Depending on experience and hours)

Duration of post: This post is offered until 28th February, 2021

Pension: Full details will be provided.

Hours of Work: Part Time, 15 to 18.75 hours per week, depending on experience . Overtime is not paid but time off in lieu may be taken, where appropriate, as the post may involve some evening or weekend working.

Probationary Period: The post is subject to a probationary period of 6 months, in which time the employee is expected to demonstrate their suitability for the post.

DBS: Because this work involves regular contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, an enhanced DBS check will be required.

Holidays: 25 days p.a. plus 3 occasional days pro rata.

Place of work: Ashton Community Garden, Grange Community Garden and various community sites across Preston and the PR postcode.

Other: A full driving licence and access to your own transport is essential for this position.

Let's Grow Preston operates a no smoking policy in all its offices, is an equal opportunities employer and is positive about disabled people.

Interested applicants should respond with a CV and covering letter detailing their suitability for the post here

Closing date: Friday 30th March 2018

Interviews: Week commencing 9th April 2018

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