Senior Horticulturalist and Tutor

The Therapy Garden

Normandy, Surrey
£23,000 - £23,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

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

Closing date: Thursday, 25th July 2019   6 days left

Senior Horticulturalist and Tutor

About us

The Therapy Garden (TTG)  is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change. TTG provides clients with a calm, protected space and a supportive environment, in which they can enjoy new experiences, connect with nature and really benefit from the healing power of the garden. The Therapy Garden Team, our volunteers and our clients are all amazing people and this creates a fantastic environment in which to work and feel valued and appreciated.

The Role

You will be joining a friendly, knowledgeable and highly engaged Garden Team working collectively under the leadership of our Garden Manager. We are looking for a new Super Hero who has both horticulture knowledge and some experience of teaching or working with children / adults with mental health challenges / physical disability or learning difficulties.

On a day to day basis you will be involved with:

  • Leading the horticulture team with the welfare, support, guidance, instruction of all clients, assessment of Green School students and others attending the centre. (children & adults)
  • Collaborate to bring a programme of practical horticulture to clients with mental health challenges, physical disabilities or additional learning difficulties, helping them to gain self-confidence and providing them with new and enjoyable life skills
  • Managing volunteers activities in the garden, with other Senior Horticulturist. 
  • Ensure clients and students are adequately supervised during breaks and lunchtimes. 
  • Attend courses, study days and in-house training to update knowledge and attain new skills in line with the changing requirements of the post.
  • Organise garden related activities, which could include cooking produce grown in the garden or garden related craft activities. 
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the garden, garden structures and outside areas ensuring it’s safe and fit for purpose.
  • Assist in growing produce, plants and flowers for annual events such as NGS. (National Garden Scheme)
  • Advising Produce Manager of plants and crops you require to deliver specialist sessions in accordance with growing season and learning programmes.

Desirable skills - kitchen garden and produce growing.

We are looking for someone who can work Monday to Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm during term time and 8.30 - 3.30pm Monday to Thursday during school holidays.

Please note the successful candidate will be DBS checked and referenced as part of our safeguarding processes.

  • Free parking
  • Pension
  • 28 days holiday (pro rata) per annum
  • Opportunity to undertake further training & development
  • Employee Assistance Program

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