Farm Discovery Coordinator - N Hampshire (Self employed)

The Country Trust

Home based (Basingstoke/Reading/Rushmoor area)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01245608363 Mary Hext

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 18th December 2019   2 days left

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Location: Homebased (Basingstoke/Reading/Rushmoor Area)

Working particularly with schools in Basingstoke, Reading, Newbury, Rushmoor and potentially Crawley, and farmer hosts in the surrounding area. Host farms ideally to be within an hour’s travel.

Reports to: Farm Discovery Manager

Main purpose of the role: To organise and deliver an agreed number of visits for the Country Trust’s Farm Discovery Programme, with schools with a higher than average proportion of children eligible for Free School Meals, and children with SEN/D bringing the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it. The job has a great potential to transform lives.

Reason for the role: Recent staff changes mean that we are lacking a presence in this important part of the county. We are established in this area although there is room to develop the network of schools and hosts further.

Scale of contract:

Initially 15-20 visits in the first school year as you build your network with a view to increasing to 30 - 50 visits dependent on demand and funding availability.

Each visit represents up to two days’ work, plus induction and training time. Around 5 additional days are likely to be required to build the network of schools and farmer hosts. In addition you will probably be required to support a colleague in delivering 5+ larger farm visits.

We would also ask you to be available for our annual conference on 4 and 5 February 2020 near Tamworth in the W Midlands.

Remuneration: £120 per day plus expenses for mileage (currently 45p/mile). We allow one day for delivery, and a half day for organisation and a half day for a pre-visit per school farm visit where required. Normal business expenses (telephone, printing, broadband, office costs etc) are the responsibility of the contractor.

Terms: Self employed, contract until end of December 2020 with the likelihood of renewal. Subject to 3 and/or 6 month initial review of delivery.

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. 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.

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, and knowledge, of food, farming and the countryside. 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, possibly bringing your own farming connections 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.

You’ll be adept at building on relationships already established with schools and farmer hosts as well as recruiting new schools with higher than average free school meal intake, or catering for children with SEN/D and new farmer hosts. A natural collaborator, and knowledgeable about farming and education, you’ll ensure that Farm Discovery days are planned in collaboration with teachers and farmers to ensure that children who are generally least able to access the working countryside have a safe and enjoyable day. You will be able to play both a supportive role (with our farmer hosts) and be able to devise and lead group activities yourself.

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. School holidays – we have started to build a small programme of school holiday visits for disadvantaged children in this area.

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.
  • Identify and recruit suitable host farms and estates for farm visits.
  • Identify and recruit suitable schools
  • Maintain contact and relationships with existing host farmers/estate owners (regular contact, offering support, thank you letters), helping them to deliver a unique and very special experience for the visiting children.
  • Maintain contact and relationships with existing schools and teachers.
  • Maintain very regular contact with Programme Manager and central office
  • Potential to recruit, train and manage volunteers to support the 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.
  • Organise educational visits to farms and the countryside ensuring that schools and host farmers receive information (dates, timings, etc) on farm visits in a timely fashion.
  • 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.
  • Following training, ensure that all active hosts have a Risk Assessment in place for visits by groups of children to their farm.
  • Support colleagues in the delivery of farm/estate based events as required.
  • 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.
  • Comply with all requirements relating to Data Protection as required by The Country Trust, Data Protection and GDPR legislation.
  • If agreed, prepare, promote and deliver a CPD session for teachers.
  • If agreed, attend and represent the CT at seminars, meetings, etc and be able to showcase and promote the work of the CT.

Key Expectations

  • Keen to share knowledge about the countryside/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


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 eligible post holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Background to the Country Trust

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.

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