Education Officer

The Farm Project - Abbey Home Farm

Cirencester, Gloucestershire
c.£19,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


The Farm Project - Education Officer (Full / Semi Full Time)

The Farm Project at Abbey Home Farm is looking for an outgoing full of fun person with a passion for young people and the outdoors to join our small friendly team. They will have experience of delivering education programmes and working with children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. They will have a strong knowledge of organic farming and the natural world.

About The Farm Project

The Farm Project CIC (Community Interest Company) 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 and spend time in the woods building an awareness and appreciation for the natural world. Learning outside the classroom offers invaluable opportunities for personal development, building confidence and self-esteem. The nurturing environment encourages positive relationships to be built between individuals and gives a general sense of wellbeing.

Job Description

The Farm Project is looking for an education officer to join its small friendly team. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing and passionate about young people and the countryside. They will 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. The role will be working alongside a part time education co-ordinator (line manager) and several sessional workers from different areas of the farm.

Key responsibilities

  • To lead on the delivery of education sessions with children, young people and occasionally adults including cooking, gardening, fire lighting, wood chopping, caring for animals, nature walks
  • To ensure safe and responsible working practice at all times, adhering to all The Farm Project policies and procedures
  • To provide a warm welcome to all visitors to the farm and to help generate an unforgettable environment
  • To assist with the general housekeeping of the accommodation facilities

Person Specification

  • Experience delivering education programmes to children and young people
  • Experience working with vulnerable and disengaged children and young people, those with social emotional difficulties, behavioural difficulties, additional learning needs
  • Understanding of the benefits of education outside the traditional classroom environment
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Knowledge of child protection issues
  • Knowledge and interest in organic farming
  • Strong knowledge of and genuine passion of the outdoors in particular the natural world, woodlands and some experience of veg gardening
  • Able and willing to undertake manual work as part of education programmes and the ability to motivate and encourage participants
  • Comfortable around animals
  • A proactive nature
  • Ability to manage groups and their challenging behaviour
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outgoing and full of fun
  • A sense of fun and adventure
  • A dynamic and flexible approach to working
  • Organised, punctual, reliable
  • Willingness to work early mornings, evenings and weekends

Desirable

  • Woodwork / carpentry skills
  • First Aid Training
  • Commercial cooking experience

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Non smokers only need apply.

Hours will need full flexibility to work with the programmes.

Some weeks will be very busy with occasional working from 9am till 8pm, other weeks might be quite free. Rota will be known in advance.

The ideal person will ideally like to

1) muck in with anything that needs doing in the shop, cafe and conference area when there are no groups coming to the farm project. Full training will be given in all areas. A good cook would be a definite asset for us.

OR

2) be happy to work quite sporadic hours during the year, with December January and February off. (approx 25 weeks a year including some weekend work)

Salary will be dependent on experience. Simple or shared accommodation might be available on the farm.

If you are interested to apply or would like to learn more about this post please have a look at The Farm Project and Farm Shop websites to learn more about us, and then email hilary@theorganicfarmshop.co.uk with a full CV and letter of interest. Applications taken until we find the right applicant!

Interviews will take place from the middle of January. Start early mid March 2020.

www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk
www.thefarm.education



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