Assistant Education Officer

Abbey Home Farm

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01285640441 Hilary Chester-Master

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

The Farm Project CIC (Community Interest Company not for profit) is based at Abbey Home Farm, a 1600 acre soil association organic farm and offers an unusual experience for children and young people through a short-stay residential on a working organic farm. Whilst here children and young people gain a deep understanding of where food comes from through hands-on growing, harvesting and cooking. They work with livestock, spend time in the woods building an awareness and appreciation for the natural world, have sessions in the vegetable garden, milk the cows and do lots of cooking with the food they collect from the farm. Learning outside the classroom offers invaluable opportunities for personal development, building confidence and self-esteem. The nurturing environment (10 children/young people maximum at once) encourages positive relationships to be built between individuals and gives a general sense of wellbeing.

The Farm Project is now entering its fourth year, and is looking for another assistant education officer to join its small friendly team from mid March to November. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of the natural world, and be enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing and passionate about young people and the countryside. Experience of farm life, woodlands and organic veg growing a definite advantage They will also have experience of delivering education and working with children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. The candidate will genuinely enjoy the company of children and young people (all day long!), be happy out in the woods whatever the weather and have a high mud tolerance

Please note this job involves early morning starts (6.40am up to 3 days a week) and varied hours so living locally would be of benefit. It would suit someone who is not dependent on full time work as the hours can vary from week to week. Weekly schedules are known well in advance, and the hours can vary from16 - 30 plus hours a week when a group is in. (approx 25 weeks plus)  School holidays are not always booked.  If you have retail or cafe experience there might be an opportunity to add extra hours on a casual or weekly basis working joining the shop or cafe teams. 

Salary/hourly wage dependant on experience, minimum being the Living Wage.

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