Rookery Manager

Streatham Common Co-operative (SCCoop)

Streatham Common South, London
Up to £35,000 pa depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 2nd September 2019  

Organisation: Streatham Common Co-operative (SCCoop)
Employment Type: Permanent Employment
Hours: Full Time (although Part Time will be considered for the right candidate)
Location: The Rookery, Streatham Common South, London, SW16 3BZ
Salary: up to £35,000 per annum depending on experience
Closing date: Monday 2nd September 2019, Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the 5th & 6th September 2019.
Responsible to: the Board of the Streatham Common Co-operative

About You

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about developing and sustaining an award winning park that is much visited and cherished by a diverse local community. We are looking for an experienced manager who is passionate about protecting and enhancing parks and open spaces in urban areas but is also very flexible and adept at managing a variety of different interests, needs and operational challenges. The Rookery is unique with a rich history and wonderful ornate gardens that need to be managed sympathetically to respect their heritage but also developed sustainably to ensure they thrive for another hundred years. We want someone who will build on all of this to take the Rookery one step further to be a Gold Award London in Bloom winner!

The successful candidate will demonstrate that they are outgoing and enthusiastic, capable of inspiring staff and volunteers alike, while being accountable to the SCCoop Board for the management of a successful and cost-effective operation. You must have experience of managing projects and providing the leadership necessary to delivering outcomes with the involvement a wide range of individuals and stakeholders. It will be vital to have direct experience of running a hands-on operation requiring the delivery of reactive and planned maintenance of physical features. Experience in Parks and Leisure Management or experience managing a public garden is desirable and a qualification in horticulture would be advantage.

About Us

SCCoop, is a local co-operative (not-for-profit social enterprise). We aim to realise the full potential of Streatham Common and the Rookery for all its users. We work across traditional service boundaries to provide improved services, generate additional income, build community partnerships, support volunteering and skills development. SCCoop’s services deliver improved social value benefits for social care and disability, reduced crime and a better balance between biodiversity conservation and recreational use.

Since 2014, SCCoop has worked closely with the local community, stakeholders and volunteers to enhance the Rookery into an award winning park and has secured lottery funding to restore different parts of the gardens. With the threat of closure looming over the Streatham Common Paddling Pool we have successfully raised funds to maintain and keep open this much loved asset on the Common. We have also been instrumental in enabling the opening of the Ink Spot brewery in the Rookery Barn.

The job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description (attached below) for more detail. The main elements of the role will include management of: contracts, staff, budgets, external stakeholders and delivery of the SCCoop business plan. A significant component of the role will be to ensure the development and delivery of a horticultural planting and maintenance plan for the Rookery that maintains its status as a Green Flag park.

How to apply

Please email your CV to with covering letter explaining in no more than two sides of A4 why you believe you are a good candidate for the role of Rookery Manager.

Closing date: 9am Monday 2nd September 2019, Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the 5th & 6th September 2019.

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