Countryside Discovery Residential Coordinator

The Country Trust


Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01245608363 Jill Attenborough

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 17th June 2018  


Self employed

This role is being offered with the Countryside Discovery Residential Manager role

Imagine a job where you are able to share your knowledge of food, farming and the countryside, ignite curiosity in children and their teachers, and broaden the horizons of those who are least able to access the working countryside. Being a Residential Coordinator for The Country Trust you have opportunities to do all of these things, as well as enabling farmers to share their love and passion for what they do. The Country Trust is looking for a self-motivated individual, well organised and not phased by the shifting sands of logistics, at ease with farming and the landowning community, and an experienced, inspiring educator, familiar with English education systems and requirements.

How to apply

For all recruitment information please go to our vacancies page on our website:

Please note we do not accept CVs without a completed application form

Closing date: Midnight June 17th 2018
Interviews on June 25th 2018

If you have any queries contact 01245 608363 


Location: Homebased administration but centred around Hautbois Activity Centre and surrounding area.

Reports to: CEO (if also holding Residential Manager role)

Main purpose of the role:

To organise and oversee the delivery of the Country Trust’s Countryside Discovery Residential Programme in Norfolk, for an agreed number of schools with a higher than average proportion of children eligible for Free School Meals, travelling from inner London. You will help to bring the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it.

Reason for the role: Our current coordinator is off travelling!

Background to the role: We raise funds to enable us to provide 25% grants to schools from deprived areas of inner London, to enable them to undertake residential visits to the Norfolk countryside which we plan and organise. Our Norfolk residentials are based out of Hautbois Activity Centre, and The Country Trust takes responsibility for two days of the visit – on the day of arrival and mid week. Some schools have been enjoying our residentials for over 20 years.

Scale of contract:

There are currently 2 residential visits of 3-4 days planned for 2018/19, though we anticipate up to 8 will be booked. Delivery – 2 days per week for each week of residentials (day of arrival and one CT day out mid-week per visit) likely to be March, May and June (excluding half term and SATS week), September and October

Planning and organisation – allow 2 days per residential visit, though this will be made up of shorter periods of activity spread over time, rather than two consecutive days.

Majority of delivery is within term time and not all within school hours. Some early evening work required. No overnights required though you may be contacted in an emergency.

Remuneration: £120/day plus expenses for mileage (currently 45p/mile).’Longer day’ allowance of up to two hours may apply if activity extends into the later evening.

Terms: Self employed, contract until end of July 2019 with the likelihood of renewal.

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 (Business ideally), 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.

The Ideal Candidate: You will have considerable experience (min. 2-5 years) of successfully organising/delivering programmes for primary age children. You will have a real love of food, farming and the countryside and a good knowledge of how schools work and their priorities. We are looking for a self-motivated, extremely well-organised individual with excellent administrative skills, and the patience and determination to handle school bookings, confident to take responsibility for children’s safety and enjoyment, alert to the situation, with a good understanding of the possibilities and hazards of countryside and coastal environments. You are skilled at helping children of all backgrounds and abilities to succeed and you are adaptable, resourceful and unflappable. You’ll be a team player but confident enough to work within a dispersed team reporting to a manager based elsewhere in the UK, and also able to lead a small team of volunteers.

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 will not enable you to undertake a school run before starting work.


  • To take responsibility for the schedule of Norfolk residentials, including the bookings (patience and determination may be required!), the transport, the activities (including annual gardening training for Hautbois staff), the staffing, compliance with our Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies and of course the enjoyment and quality.
  • 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 residential visits.
  • Prepare Risk Assessments for any activities you will be leading.
  • Maintain contact and relationships with existing accommodation and activity providers and hosts (regular contact, offering support, evaluating feedback, 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.
  • Where required, work with the Norfolk Farm Discovery Coordinator to identify and recruit suitable host farms and estates for farm visits.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers for a range of roles.
  • Attend preliminary visits and offer support to activity providers and teachers in the preparation of risk assessments and planning educational activities.
  • Organise visits and activities within the residential ensuring that schools and providers receive information (dates, timings, etc) in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that all our activities are consistently safe and high quality, and that schools and providers receive and are aware of all necessary documents covering risk assessment, liabilities, safeguarding, health and safety etc.
  • Work with (or as) the Residential Manager to evaluate and develop the programmes as appropriate.
  • Where required, attend and represent the CT at seminars, meetings, etc and be able to showcase and promote the work of the CT.
  • Prepare regular evaluation and activity reports.
  • Always be on the look out for fund raising opportunities, and report these to the central fundraising team. Help to maintain relationships with existing funders including preparing reports to existing funders on activity delivered.

Person specification

  • DBS (enhanced)
  • Excellent organisational ability – persistent, calm and determined
  • Excellent communicator and skilled at relationship development – experienced at communicating with teachers in schools, able to present to teachers, parents and children.
  • Experience of working with primary age children and teachers to share knowledge, ignite curiosity and broaden horizons.
  • Natural authority, alert and adaptable
  • Skilled at facilitating and mentoring others to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
  • A love of food, farming and the countryside.
  • Knowledgeable about the countryside
  • Familiar with educational organisation (eg key stages) and the national curriculum able to discuss with learning objectives and learning resources with teaching staff.
  • Competent with Risk Assessments and able to help farmers, activity providers and teachers to prepare risk assessments for visits, and able to prepare, and manage dynamically, risk assessments for activities that are CT led.
  • Computer literate, at ease with cloud storage, sharing documents, basic excel data entry, contributing to a forum etc.
  • Self motivated and able to work alone but also to contribute to a nationally dispersed team.
  • Well organised, good record keeping and administration

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


We use Office365 and a full suite of Office programmes.


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

Background to the Country Trust

The Country Trust

The Country Trust is a small, national educational charity, founded in 1978, and dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it. We aim to share knowledge, ignite curiosity and broaden the horizons of disadvantaged children. 75% of the UK’s land area is farmed, but the majority of us live in towns and cities, disconnected from the people and the land that sustains us. We bring communities together who would otherwise never meet, helping each to understand their importance to the other.

Our operating context

We focus on primary schools with a greater than average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) – the national average is 24.9% using the Ever6 measure - as well as schools providing for children with SEN/D. By the time they start school, children from the poorest families and therefore eligible for FSM, have already fallen behind in language and personal development, and are twice as likely to be obese, and to have Special Educational Needs. Much of our work is repeat business, with some schools having worked with us for a decade or more. However, we are also seeing growing demand as schools expand to absorb the sharp rise in the primary age population and/or come together into Multi Academy Trusts.

We operate throughout England and in N Wales, working with around 25,000 children annually from primary schools in urban areas of high deprivation such as Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and London. Our work has three connected strands; Farm visits, Residential trips and yearlong Food Discovery projects.

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