WHALE Arts is recruiting a Community Garden Coordinator Position for their Grow Cook Eat Repeat Project.
The post is part-time working 21 hours per week fixed term until March 2024 with a salary of £13,800.
The role will focus on delivering a range of gardening related activities and volunteering opportunities for local people with a focus of improving wellbeing, the development of new skills and other related opportunities and ensure that local people are at the forefront of the decision-making process in relation to the development and direction of the Grow Cook Eat Repeat project.
WHALE Arts is recruiting a Community Garden Coordinator Position for our Grow Cook Eat Repeat Project. The role will focus on delivering a range of gardening related activities and volunteering opportunities for local people with a focus of improving wellbeing, the development of new skills and other related opportunities and ensure that local people are at the forefront of the decision-making process in relation to the development and direction of the Grow Cook Eat Repeat project.
Community Garden Coordinator: Role Specification
There are 4 key components to the community garden coordinator role, each with a set of specific responsibilities. Below we have outlined the main responsibilities for the 4 key components. We have also outlined some other duties that you may be expected to undertake within your role. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and you may be asked to undertake other tasks as part of the Community Garden Coordinator role.
Community Garden & Allotment
- Maintain & develop the community garden and allotment to a high standard
- Develop and implement a planting schedule specifically for food crops
- Assist with the ongoing development and management of the organization’s food waste and composting system
- Coordinate necessary maintenance works relating to the garden and/or allotment, liaising with external contractors where necessary
- Maintain all garden related equipment ensuring they are fit for purpose and stored safely and securely
- Ensure correct health and safety procedures relating to gardening activities are followed at all times
Volunteers & Garden Group Participants
- Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and support a team of volunteers for the community garden and allotment
- Build positive relationships with volunteers and participants, sharing your knowledge and skills relating to horticulture and garden maintenance for example planting, growing, soil preparation, cuttings, indoor plant growing and pruning.
- Consult with local residents to establish whether there is a desire for a gardening group at WHALE Arts and if yes, work with local residents to establish and deliver one
- Support volunteers to achieve their specific goals in line with WHALE’s volunteer policy
- Support volunteers to take the lead in relevant garden and or allotment activities
- Ensure that the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening are passed on to volunteers and participants
Grow Cook Eat Repeat – project wide engagement
- Work closely with the wider Grow Cook Eat Repeat team to ensure we meet the aims and objectives of the project
- Work closely with the Community Food Project Lead and the Community Chef to identify suitable food crops for planting and develop a planting schedule
- Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to support volunteers within the garden and allotment
- Contribute to the coordination and delivery of project wide events, activities and training opportunities
- Work closely with the Arts & Wellbeing Manager, Grow Cook Eat Repeat team, and community members to identify, support and pilot sustainable enterprise activities that relate to the project aims
- Network and work closely with local partner organisations and other local community gardens/groups
Data & Evaluation
- Contribute to ongoing data collection and project monitoring – details to be outlined by your line manager
- Take photographs of garden activities, produce, events and general progress within the garden and allotment
- Contribute to the project wide evaluation alongside the wider team and the Arts & Wellbeing Manager
- To be a key holder, opening and securing the building out of office hours when required
- To provide occasional ad-hoc support to the wider WHALE Arts team when required
- Act as a First aider where required
- To comply with relevant WHALE Arts Agency policies
- To undertake any relevant training in relation to the post
You can read the full job description, person specification and application process on the WHALE Arts website here. The deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday, 23 January 2023.