Food, Farming and Horticulture Curriculum Tutor

The Prince's Foundation

Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
£25,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

princes-foundation.org

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 8th July 2022  


Position: Food, Farming and Horticulture Curriculum Tutor
Reports to: Food, Farming and Horticulture Curriculum Manager
Salary: £25,000- £30,000 PA
Base: Dumfries House

The Prince’s Foundation

The Prince’s Foundation provides holistic solutions to challenges facing the world today. We champion a sustainable approach to how we live our lives and build our communities, we run a diverse programme of education and training for all ages and backgrounds, and we regenerate and care for places where communities thrive and that visitors enjoy. 

We work nationally and internationally but at the heart of our organisation is the heritage-led regeneration of the Dumfries House estate and its wider community, where our principles and philosophies are explored and put into practice. 

The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by The Prince of Wales’s philosophy of harmony: that by understanding the balance, the order and the relationships between ourselves and the natural world we can create a more sustainable future.

Programmes take place within and beyond the charity’s sites, including at Dumfries House, with its Education Farm, Garden, STEM Centre and Health and Wellbeing Centre, and in Shoreditch, East London and Trinity Buoy Wharf in Tower Hamlets, London.

Location

The post is based at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA182NJ

Food Farming and Horticulture Programme:

The programme is delivered through practical hands-on workshops, themed day events and longer-term primary/lower secondary school and community engagement projects across our Field to Fork and Farm to Fork strands, with a planned increase in delivery of skill and career focussed workshops, events and vocational training courses to secondary schools and adults via our Farming and Rural Skills strand. 

Due to themes and existing expertise in the department a background in Horticulture and/or Nutrition would be required of any candidate. The candidate should however be comfortable teaching across Food, Farming, Horticulture and related subjects out-with their area of expertise to a primary and early secondary school level, with support from the wider education team and industry experts.

The wider education programme on Dumfries House Estate is delivered across themes including: STEM; Food, Farming and Horticulture; Outdoor Activity; Textiles and Building Crafts. Due to the holistic nature of the programme, the post holder will be required to assist in these areas from time to time, take part in CPD in these areas and work with colleagues across the education team on cross curricular education projects. 

The post holder will assist in the development and implementation of workshops, school and community programmes, short courses and project related education activity including large scale events and cross curricular delivery. The post holder will prepare and deliver classes across a range of ages as well as maintaining stakeholder relationships with industry and education partners. The post holder will work alongside the Curriculum Manager to secure the place of The Prince’s Foundation as a leader in high quality education in the UK. 

Key tasks

Specific duties will include:

  • Supporting the Education Director and Curriculum Manager to ensure the smooth delivery of the Prince’s Foundation’s education strategy and core Food, Farming and Horticulture programmes, a responsibility which will include: 
    • Liaising with industry practitioners across the UK to ensure relevant course content. Keeping up to date with current practices and policies in Food, Farming and Horticulture related education, through CPD and personal development. 
    • Support the development of strong relationships with industry and education partners such as industry funding partners, Food, Farming and Horticulture education organisations and charities and local authority and Scottish education representatives. Work with these partners to enhance the Food, Farming and Horticulture offer at Dumfries House through co-delivery and design of workshops and activities. 
    • Develop, support, lead and evaluate Food, Farming and Horticulture workshops, programmes and activities, based on the Food, Farming and Horticulture education strategy and school curriculum, with links to UK wide education, training and employment strategies. 
    • Prepare, care for and maintain equipment and facilities prior to and following education activity, monitor and request stock as appropriate. 
    • Ensure the Prince’s Foundation Food, Farming and Horticulture education and wider education programme is delivered to an exceptional standard to secure The Prince’s Foundation’s position as a focal point for high quality education. 
    • Further the wider education work of The Prince’s Foundation through contribution to team meetings, joint education activity and events and cross curricular CPD sessions
    • Ensure education activity is recorded in a timely manner and contribute to education reports for directors, partners and funders. 
    • Ensure all lessons are suitable for the learners by writing, following and updating Risk Assessment documents, and following first aid and incident reporting procedures where necessary. 
    • Support the Food, Farming and Horticulture manager to ensure that the maintenance of the Pierburg Building and Valentin’s Farm Education Centre buildings is completed, informing relevant Prince’s Foundation staff when maintenance is required. 
    • Maintain familiarity with The Prince’s Foundation handbook and relevant HR procedures. 
    • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required of you in the post. 

It is in the nature of the work of the Prince's Foundation that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff are therefore expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises that tasks which are not specifically covered in their Job Description must be undertaken. 

Person specification

The essential skills, knowledge and experience required are:

  • The successful candidate should be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant Nutrition or Horticulture subject or with equivalent experience in education or industry.
  • The post holder should be able to demonstrate prior experience educating and engaging with young people or community groups through Food, Farming and/or Horticulture related activities.
  • Knowledge of the future UK wide farming, horticulture and rural skills shortages, growth industries and how this impacts employers and future employees.
  • Understanding of and support for the ethos and principles underlying the Prince’s Foundation.
  • Knowledge of the education and training environment in relationship to schools and further education.
  • Awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Able to represent the Prince’s Foundation professionally at all times.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; planning, setting agendas, coordinating/conducting meetings, events, and workshops.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong organisation skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work proactively and flexibly under pressure and to achieve set objectives.
  • The ability to work within a team, maintaining positive relationships with the wider education team, yet demonstrate personal drive, accountability and ownership to deliver a high level of output is essential.
  • Ability to create high quality presentations/visual aids. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel and Word), Windows, Adobe.
  • Some travel within the UK and occasionally overseas may be necessary.

Other:

  • The post will be based at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire with the requirement to travel on occasion. A driving licence is required for this post; mileage expenses over and above the normal commute to and from work will be paid.
  • Your working hours will be based on 37.5 hours per week linked to the target audience needs. Job share may be considered for suitable candidates.
  • Occasional lone working will be required due to the nature of the estate.
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends or evenings as required for education or wider estate events.
  • You must have the legal right to work in the UK.
  • This post is considered to be a regulated activity therefore any offer will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Applications: Please submit a completed Application Form together with a cover letter and CV (please note one A4 page maximum each for CV and letter) to [email protected] 

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th July 2022