Community Gardener (Education Lead)

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm

Burnley, Lancashire
£22,183 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

www.penninelancashirecommunityfarm.org [email protected] 01282421690 James Horsford

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

Closing date: Friday, 19th February 2021  


Pennine Lancashire Community Farm is a small registered charity promoting community cohesion and sustainable living in urbanised deprived communities. Our work takes place across the boroughs of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale and the Ribble Valley in a variety of outdoor settings, including community gardens, woodlands, working farms and public parks.

You will have a proven ability in horticulture, experience of educational settings and community work, including working with and enabling very diverse groups of individuals.

Community Gardener [Education Lead]

30hrs per week [4 days]

As the education lead you will be responsible for:

  • Operation of education programmes relating to outdoor space across a range of groups and levels, including schools, outreach, people with disabilities, etc.
  • Supporting the physical creation and maintenance of our various garden, farm and forestry sites, working with volunteers with diverse skills and needs as part of a team.

We are looking for someone with five essential skills sets:

  • Effective team working skills and knowledge.
  • Experience of some aspect of the education sector. 
  • Experience of project management and delivery.
  • Relationship building / community engagement skills and knowledge.
  • Horticulture / landscaping skills, from basic construction, to ground maintenance and growing produce.

Essential skills / knowledge

  • Experience of organising, delivering and project management of an educational programme.
  • Experience / knowledge of undertaking landscaping tasks, including ground work and construction elements.
  • Experience / knowledge of horticulture, in particular successfully growing different fruit and vegetables.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly working with diverse groups, including different cultures, ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience of working with adults with complex issues, including those with disabilities, mental health difficulties, recovering from substance misuse and BAME community members.

Essential attributes

  • Ability to part of a team and provide effective team leadership.
  • Good organisational skills, including managing multiple tasks at once.
  • Ability to take a flexible approach.
  • Ability to manage own admin, creating own systems to manage projects.
  • Creative, dynamic and highly motivated.
  • Good communication skills, including experience of preparing and editing in all media formats.

Desirable skills / knowledge

  • Specific experience in either outdoor based education and/or design and construction of gardens spaces.
  • Experience of successfully managing volunteers, including moving them forward towards employment.
  • Experience of developing appropriate policy and procedures in terms of health and safety, etc.
  • Experience of managing customer relationships, including with public organisations.
  • Computer skills / knowledge of setting up and maintaining basic business accounts. 
  • Experience of staff management.

Qualifications – one or more of the following qualifications will be required:

  • Teaching qualification equivalent to a level 2 qualification, or above (e.g. Teaching Assistant or Introduction to Adult Learning).
  • Project management qualification.
  • Horticultural qualifications (level 2 or above).
  • Social Work / Occupational Therapy or Care Work qualification.
  • Horticultural therapeutic qualification.

Driving licence – MIDAS training / van driving experience desirable.

We are open to applications from people with different qualifications from those listed above if the applicant can clearly demonstrate how their qualification/experience relates to this post.

Application is by CV (maximum two side of A4 paper) plus cover letter (one side of A4) demonstrating ability to meet criteria laid out in the job description. For more information or to make an application contact James Horsford on 01282 421690 or 07867007571 or e-mail [email protected]


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