Garden Coordinator


Higher Ashton, Devon

Volunteer • Full Time 01647 252 983 Clare Mann

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 08 January 2018

A new opportunity to join our leadership experience as Garden Coordinator. To be involved in the planning and management of the Garden and the day-to-day running of the cultivated land, including organising and supervising the work of volunteers and course participants who are assigned to the garden.and residential team.

Role Overview

A key part of the Garden Coordinatorr’s role is to facilitate and inspire groups of volunteers and Embercombe course participants in gardening and land-based activities. An engagement with wider issues surrounding food systems is also encouraged through networking with other organisations.

About The Garden at Embercombe

At Embercombe we have 5 acres of cultivated land, comprising a mixture of vegetable and fruit production. The garden plays many important roles. It is a place for people to connect to nature, the soil,and seasonal cycles. It is a place of education and it provides food and nourishment for the people that live on, and pass through, the land. We also produce organic vegetable seed both commercially and for our own use, and are in the process of developing this area of our work further. All members of the teamare expected to be comfortable with working on their own as well as working as part of a small, close-knit team sharing responsibilities.

Hours of work

  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Includes some weekend work with time of in lieu
  • 25 days annual leave pro rata plus bank holidays
  • This is a fixed-term role that will ideally begin at the start of January 2018. Coordinator positions will be for a period of a year with the potential to extend. The length of contract will be discussed with individuals at the interview stage and we are open to proposals of alternative start and finish dates.

Key benefits

  • Living with fellow change makers as part of a vibrant and welcoming community
  • Exploring your world-view and meeting a diverse range of people
  • Experiencing authenticity in communication and action
  • The opportunity to develop and share your gifts
  • On-going professional and personal support and development, including a monthly 1 hour session with a personal coach
  • Deepening your own development with a place on our flagship programme ‘The Journey’ or on our ‘Speaking Out’ programme.
  • An opportunity to network, share ideas and spark further thinking around action in the world with social pioneers and fellow change-makers including Embercombe founder Mac Macartney
  • Living and working on a beautiful 50-acre site with woodland, forest gardens and a lake, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park
  • £40 a week stipend
  • Basic accommodation on site
  • Delicious free organic breakfast, lunch and dinner made with locally grown, seasonal produce
  • 25 days annual leave plus an allowance equivalent to statutory bank holidays.
  • Opportunities to organise and attend events such as film nights and performance nights
  • EmberChoir 5-6pm Wednesdays led by choir director Helen Yeomans

This is a long term residential volunteering position at Embercombe. For full details and application form or to see our other positions please visit our website.

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