Community & Outdoor Learning Assistant

Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC)

Barnes, London
£12-£15/hour depending on experience

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01444412966 Adrian Podmore

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 19th July 2019   Closes today


Community and Outdoor Learning Assistant 


An exciting opportunity to assist with the community engagement, education and horticulture at Barnes Common, a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) and at the Vine Road Recreation Ground, Barnes.

Part time - 2 days per week - £12-£15 per hour depending on experience. It is possible that depending on future levels of activity, this may be extended.

You will be employed by the Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) which is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, that undertakes 3rd sector management of Barnes Common and the Vine Road Recreation Ground in partnership with Richmond Council (LBRuT). FoBC has recently won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.


To assist the Community and Outdoor Learning Manager with the following:

Community / Education

  • To engage with families, young people, adults and local schools to help promote open spaces including Barnes Common as a vibrant community and learning space.
  • To assist in providing outdoor learning opportunities.
  • To assist with school visits and any other term time, weekend or holiday classes.
  • In time, it would be expected that the candidate would be able to provide cover if the Manager was unwell or on holiday.

Communications / Administration

  • To co-ordinate FoBC’s programme of walks, talks and events (e.g. summer BBQ).
  • To arrange and ensure the smooth operation of hirings and bookings for our pavilion.
  • Monthly contribution to local ‘Prospect’ newsletter.
  • Liaison with FoBC’s ‘On the Common’ editor to produce and distribute 3 editions per year.
  • To act as minutes secretary for meetings held six times annually.
  • To maintain an up-to-date register of volunteers.


  • To assist with our growing project at Vine Road Recreation Ground where we have a polytunnel and a number of raised beds and growing areas.


Have the ability to enthusiastically and effectively communicate with people at all levels, including members of the public, volunteers, school children, students, council officers, schools and dog walkers.

A team worker but able to work autonomously with good organisational and forward planning skills who has some experience of working to deadlines.

Some experience of teaching, understanding of the national curriculum or managing young people would be beneficial.

A basic understanding of ecology and horticulture and someone who is happy to work outdoors and is physically fit.

Experience with Office 365 (shared drive, Word and Excel) and social media including Facebook, Instagram, Hootsuite and MailChimp

Up to date emergency first aid certificate would be useful but not essential – FoBC would support training for this

Either living or be prepared to live within 30 minutes of Barnes Common and possess a clean driving license.

Will be required to give two referees and have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.


Contract: This employment will be initially contracted to 30th November 2021.
Salary: £12-15 per hour depending on experience.
Hours: Flexible but essentially two days a week (15 hours) which would include some weekend and evening work and may involve some work off site e.g. external events.
Reporting to: The Community and Outdoor Learning Manager for the Friends of Barnes Common.
Probationary Period: There will be a probationary period of three months.
Notice Period: Four weeks for both employer and employee.
Pension: A basic ‘defined contribution’ pension complying with the government ‘opt out’ pension legislation.
Holiday: Eight days holiday per annum – (four weeks / 20 days pro-rated)
Place of Work: The post will be based at Vine Road Recreation Ground, Vine Road, Barnes, London Borough of Richmond, SW13 0NE.
Training: FoBC is committed to personal development and training. For the right candidate, FoBC may be able to provide training to acquire qualifications or renew licences. There will be ongoing support from the Chairman and Community / Outdoor Learning Officer.

FoBC is an equal opportunities employer. 


Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 19th July 2019 with first interviews held in the following week from 24th to 26th July 2019 Expected start date: August 2019

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