Food Discovery Coordinator, Buckinghamshire

The Country Trust

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01245608363 Jill Attenborough

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 28th October 2018  

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 28th October 2018
Interviews: Likely w/b 5 November

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone and email.

If you have any queries contact Vicki Leng on or on 07929937028

Job Description

Job Title: Country Trust Food Discovery Coordinator, Buckinghamshire
Location: Homebased but working with schools and farm hosts in and around Aylesbury and/or Chesham areas
Reports to: Food Discovery Manager

Responsible for: Delivering The Country Trust’s Food Discovery programme to initially three schools in Buckinghamshire over the academic year 2018-19. The post holder will be responsible for planning and delivering growing and cooking sessions for children, teachers and parents, organising playground markets, organising visits to local farms, coordinating visits to schools by local food producers, and planning and running harvest feasts. The job has a great potential to transform lives.

You will be based from home but travel to various schools and farms to deliver the programme, and you will be the local face of The Country Trust in the area to schools and farmer hosts, along with our Farm Discovery coordinator in Buckinghamshire

The role is essentially term-time and the post-holder will be able to manage their own work-load.

*NB: In our experience this role may not always enable you to undertake a school run before starting work.

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. You should be a competent cook and gardener, ideally with experience of running these activities with schools and/or other groups. 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 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.

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

Key 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
  • Plan and implement growing areas on school grounds including simple composting systems where appropriate.
  • Introduce Food Discovery to teachers, teaching staff, pupils and parents inspiring and motivating them for the year ahead.
  • Work with the class teacher to plan how to most effectively embed Food Discovery into classroom learning, and how to monitor and evaluate impact (working with the FD team to implement best practice).
  • Undertake risk assessments for all the activities you lead (working to the CT’s H and S Policy) and 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.
  • Plan and deliver safe, high quality, engaging cooking and growing sessions, playground markets and harvest feast for children, teachers and parents ensuring all children can participate fully.
  • Identify and recruit suitable host farms and estates for farm 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.
  • 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, attend and represent the CT at seminars, meetings, etc and be able to showcase and promote the work of the CT.
  • Prepare regular financial, evaluation and activity reports in a timely fashion, as required by the Project Manager and the funder.
  • Attend team meetings as required.
  • Prepare regular financial, evaluation and activity reports, and be able to manage and plan activity within a budget.
  • Always be looking for fund raising opportunities, and report these to the central fundraising team. Help our fundraising team to maintain relationships with existing funders including providing information for reports to existing funders on activity delivered.
  • If agreed, prepare, promote and deliver a CPD session for teachers.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers for a range of roles if necessary – supporting activities etc. (working to CT polices and standards).

Key Expectations

  • Keen to share knowledge about food, the countryside and farming
  • Experienced at working with primary age children
  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective, empathetic team member
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • Committed to the purpose and values of The Country Trust

Summary of Main Terms and Conditions

Contract Term: Initially one year self-employed, renewable annually, subject to funding.

Scale of contract: number of days: around 90 depending on the needs of the schools and the funds available.

The majority of delivery is within term time and within the school day though travel/preparation might be required before the start of and after the end of the school day.

Remuneration: £144 per day (rate applies from 1st September) plus reasonable expenses and mileage (currently 45p/mile). Normal business expenses (telephone, printing, broadband, office costs etc) are the responsibility of the contractor. The post holder must submit monthly invoices and expenses at the end of each month according to the deadlines issued. These are then paid/reimbursed by the 18th of the month.

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 including Skype (for Business) conference calls. 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.

Background to this role: This is a new area for Food Discovery and has arisen as a result of specific funding.

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.

Background Information about 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 vision

Every child understands farming, the countryside, and how our food is produced through high quality learning experiences.

Our mission

To bring food, farming and the countryside alive for disadvantaged children, sharing knowledge, igniting curiosity and broadening horizons.


We will make it possible for

  • Farmers to share their love and passion for what they do
  • Children to have the opportunity to engage in the real world of the countryside, farming and food production, gaining practical knowledge which will help them to make more informed food choices in the future
  • Children to gain the confidence to try new things, building a rich bank of experiences to draw on as vital building blocks in their personal development
  • Children to have the opportunity to display new attitudes and behaviours, and develop positive relationships with adults
  • Children to feel more at home in the countryside and more responsible for their own and the wider environment
  • More teachers to see the potential of the countryside as a learning resource and feel more confident to use it to enhance their teaching

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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