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The MAXwell Centre’s Community Garden
Hours: Part Time – 21 Hours/Week
Salary: Salary £15,000/annum (F/T £25,000)
Type of Contract: Funding to 31st March 2025.

The MAXwell Centre’s Community Garden is located at the heart of Coldside area in Dundee. The garden project and outreach programme has attracted schools, community groups and individual residents to take up the challenge of growing their own food using the allotment plots, raised beds and polytunnel facilities. 

 

The successful candidate will have knowledge of fruit and vegetable cultivation in a therapeutic/community setting.  Formal qualifications are not essential as the ideal candidate will have the personal qualities needed to engage people and grow edible crops successfully. 

 

You will have a flexible approach to gardening and be adaptable enough to work with people of all ages and abilities. Your excellent interpersonal skills will be exercised every day as we welcome everyone into the garden.

 

 

Main Duties

 

You will be required assist the garden mentor. This involves supporting them to run the community garden and outreach activities, deliver training sessions, facilitating groups’ and individuals’ food production.  Some of the sessions take place out with normal working hours so you will be flexible enough to work evenings/weekends as needed. 

 

Support and develop active community involvement in the Project’s activities through the appropriate use of the media, posters, leaflets and outreach work.

 

Assist with the evaluation and monitoring of the Project including the maintenance of records, statistics etc.

 

Together with the Board of Directors ensure that all policy and procedures are in line with the organisations current policy and procedures.

 

 

  • Garden maintenance and improvement
  • Run volunteer and small group gardening sessions and support their learning and development
  • Assist with the Tool and Seed Library and Harvest Boxes
  • Assist, organise and deliver workshops and events
  • Run garden tours and help improve visitors experience
  • Communications and administrative support
  • Support fortnightly Youth Council meetings.

 

 

Other Duties

 

This job description is a broad general picture of the post at the date of preparation.  It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties and it is recognised that jobs change and evolve over time.

 

Funding to 31st March 2025.

 


How to Apply:

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to info@maxdundee.org.uk


Closing Date: June 10, 2024
Lothlorien Therapeutic Community
Hours: 3 days per week and be available for holiday cover as needed
Salary: £12 per hour
Type of Contract: sessional

Lothlorien Community is looking for a sessional support worker to join us at our quiet rural setting in South West Scotland.

We are a therapeutic community providing the opportunity for people facing mental health challenges to develop their potential through living alongside others who are relatively well, in an atmosphere of friendship, acceptance and mutual support.

Lothlorien has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.

We’re now looking for a sessional support worker to get involved in all aspects of community life, including therapeutic gardening, art, qigong and relaxation.

Our ideal candidate will have a compassionate and trauma informed approach to mental health support, a keen interest in therapeutic gardening as well as having the skills to help out with administrative tasks.

It’s a sessional job and salary will be £12 per hour. We’d like someone to be able to do around 3 days per week and be available for holiday cover as needed.


How to Apply:

If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a job where you can share your passion for great mental health support and therapeutic gardening, please get in touch with lucy@lothlorien.tc. We’d love to hear from you.


Closing Date: May 29, 2024
SAMH
Address:

Redhall Walled Garden, Edinburgh

Hours: 37.5 hrs per week
Salary: £23,400; £12.00 per hour (salary 10-13)
Type of Contract: Permanent

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. We have represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for almost 100 years. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change. SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

About the Role

Redhall is a mental health service based in an award winning walled garden/six acre estate in Edinburgh. In a beautiful outdoor setting we promote recovery from mental ill health through therapeutic horticulture including organic gardening, conservation and team working. There is a strong group work emphasis, staff work with the people attending our service to develop and maintain the garden, plant nursery and estate which is open to the public on weekdays and occasional weekends. Duties also include key working responsibilities, supporting our service users with their personal development plans.

What we are looking for

We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic and practical individual to join our team of eight.

Applicants should have: You will have experience in horticulture, ideally both garden and plant nursery work, and of supporting groups in an outdoor setting. You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature attitude together with adaptability, creativity and enthusiasm. You will also have experience and a good understanding of working with mental health issues. You will be required to work flexibly to suit the needs of the service including some evening and weekend working.

What we will provide for you

You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of our benefits include;

  •  Reimbursement of PVG, Disclosure & SSSC annual fees and registration costs.
  •  Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions
  •  30 days annual leave rising to 33 after 5 years’ service
  •  4 public holidays 
  • 2 paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you
  •  Team wellbeing budgets
  •  Workplace pension scheme
  •  Life Assurance policy
  •  Employee Assistance Programme

 

Click here to download the job description.


How to Apply:

Closing date for all applications is 12 noon, Friday 24th May 2024. To apply please visit: https://www.samh.org.uk/information/work-with-us PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of any qualifications declared in your application will be required. Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a high level of applicants and would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.


Closing Date: May 24, 2024
Campy Growers
Hours: Part Time: 12 hours per week
Salary: £7,488 pro rata (£23,200 FT Equivalent)
Type of Contract: Fixed Term: 1 year contract.

Responsible to: Campy Growers Committee

 

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Campy Growers and support a large community food growing project.  Working alongside the gardener, project development worker, trustees and volunteers you will be instrumental in providing practical, hands-on support, such as general maintenance, gardening and driving the electric van for veg box deliveries.

Your chance to help with Dundee’s climate actions at its grassroots.

Making a difference is the whole point.

 

Our Aims are:

 

  • To advance health and wellbeing by facilitating access to growing opportunities and contributing to improved diet through increased access to fresh local produce in a natural environment
  • To promote environmental improvement including protecting and increasing biodiversity above and below the soil by adopting and promoting environmentally sustainable practices.
  • To advance education and skills, particularly related to food (growing cooking, eating) and by developing and hosting land-based educational programmes and courses such as gardening and environmental activities.

 

We are a community growing charity, focusing on food growing and horticultural activities.

 

Main Duties

 

  • Driver for CSA veg boxes.
  • General garden maintenance using materials and methods that are sustainable and ethically sourced and are in line with Campy Growers Charitable purposes
  • General repairs around the site
  • General garden carpentry such as assembling and maintaining structures
  • Support Gardener and Development worker with gardening duties as directed, such as weeding, planting and harvesting.

 

 

 

 

 

Essential

Desirable

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Friendly and personable
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Clean drivers licence
  • Willingness to take on new challenges
  • Problem solving
  • Practical skills in general DIY and maintenance and general gardening
  • Ability to carry out tasks within specified time limits
  • Ability to share skills with volunteers
  • Ability to ride an e-cargo bike or willingness to learn

 

 

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Previous experience in similar roles

 

  • Community work/volunteering Gardening

KNOWLEDGE

  • Basic literacy and numeracy
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment and their maintenance common to the role
  • Knowledge of organic systems and food growing or the desire to learn

 

  • Understanding of climate emergency
  • Biodiversity

PERSONAL

ATTRIBUTES

AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Campy Growers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends as required. Hours are flexible but with some fixed requirements.
  • Positive outlook, willingness to work in all weathers, patient and tolerant.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • Interest in self-development and desire to learn new skills.

 

 

DECISIONS MADE

 

The postholder will be required to make decisions in collaboration with the gardener and development worker, decisions of a strategic nature are taken by the Trustees.

 


How to Apply:

Please Email CV and Covering Letter to secretary.campygrows@gmail.com


Closing Date: May 21, 2024
Grow West Fife
Address:

Culross, Fife

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday
Salary: £26,000 - 28,000
Type of Contract: Full Time / Job Share

Grow West Fife are looking for a great community gardener to join the award-winning team at their Culross garden.

GWF was set up in lockdown 2020 to grow food for anyone in need. Last year their volunteers gave 5000 hours growing fruit and veg, cooked 1000 free meals for people on low incomes or socially isolated, and worked with fabulous local groups like Andy’s Man Club, Fairway Fife and Change Mental Health to make sure everybody’s welcome. Their efforts were rewarded when we won Fife Voluntary Action’s Green Charity of the Year award.

Now we’re looking for an experienced gardener to help us grow more fruit, veg and new friendships at our volunteer-led, socially inclusive, beautiful walled garden overlooking the Forth in Culross.

Our ideal candidate will be a great gardener, passionate about growing and sharing growing skills and knowledge, with good experience of working with community groups and people with different abilities and needs. They’ll be ‘front of house’ with the necessary warmth and people skills to get the kettle on and ensure everyone feels incredibly welcome and comfortable with us. It is, first and foremost, a place of joy.

Hopefully they’ll be able to share that joy on social media to draw in new volunteers and visitors.

It’s a Tuesday to Saturday job and salary will be between £26,000 and £28,000 depending on experience. 
Job sharing considered, please have a chat with us.


How to Apply:

If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a job where you can share your passion for growing and make a real impact on lives, please get in touch with pamela@growwestfife.org. We’d love to hear from you.


Closing Date: May 17, 2024
Camphill Wellbeing Trust
Hours: Full time: 37.5 hours/week over 5 days
Salary: £23,400 - £26,520
Type of Contract: 1-year, fixed term initially (with view to extend dependant on funding)

Camphill Wellbeing Trust is a medical charity which provides extended approaches to address illness, support resilience and maintain wellbeing. We have a dedicated and passionate team of employees and volunteers, based across three sites approximately 6 miles west of Aberdeen City. A vacancy has arisen within the Compass Project team for an enthusiastic and capable volunteer coordinator to take on the development and coordination of our Compass project volunteers, including those referred through social prescribing, employability services, corporate and schools’ groups.
The role involves coordinating and assisting with the delivery of the Compass project’s volunteering and social prescribing activities to deliver a range of defined outcomes focused on healthy and sustainable living. There will be an initial focus on those taking place in the outdoor areas with development of indoor activities once the Multi-Purpose Hall is refurbished (summer 2024). Strong organisational and IT skills are required as is a willingness to work outdoors alongside a range of volunteers. Ability to forward plan, set targets and effectively monitor /analyse outcomes is essential. Gardening experience would be an asset.
Key responsibilities include:


• Effective management of Compass volunteer and social prescribing services including employability skills, corporate and schools groups, working in partnership with outdoor area team and under strategic direction of the Enterprise & Development Manager

•  Efficient completion of related administrative work

• Liaising with relevant stakeholders including Camphill organisations

•Managing health & safety of a range of volunteer experiences both in outdoor areas and eventually in indoor spaces.

• Gathering feedback, monitoring outcomes and analysing results

• Managing related budgets


If you have the relevant experience along with strong communication and people skills, we would love to hear from you. Click here to download the job description. 


How to Apply:

If you have the relevant experience along with strong communication and people skills, we would love to hear from you.


For further information and application pack, please email admin@cwt.scot or contact us on 01224 862008.


Closing date for applications: Friday 3 May 2024 at 17.00. You can find out more about us on our website: www.compassaberdeen.org.uk


Closing Date: May 3, 2024
Camphill School Aberdeen
Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week

At Camphill School Aberdeen, we currently have an opportunity for an enthusiastic Senior Day Services Assistant to join our garden-based Learning for Life Day services team.

In this position, your primary task will be to assist the Garden Team in planning and implementing individualised garden workshop jobs and activities, enabling young people to connect with nature, develop practical skills, work towards internal learning qualifications and build confidence.

Required for this post:

• Experience and passion for working with children and young people with additional and complex needs.

• Enthusiasm for promoting learning through engagement and the CSA internal STARS AWARDS as well as personal development through nature and gardening.

• Passion and/or interest for regenerative gardening including organic and biodynamic gardening principles.

Desirable for this post:

• 3 + years’ experience working with children and young people with additional and complex needs.

• Further professional development or training in (therapeutic) education-based training and/or workshop specific training e.g. organic and/or biodynamic gardening

• Previous experience of working in a land setting

• Previous experience working or volunteering in a similar (Camphill) setting.


How to Apply: For further information or to apply, please go to; www.camphillschools.org.uk/join-us/vacancies/
Closing Date: May 1, 2024
Cyrenians
Hours: Between 15 hours - 30 hours per week
Salary: £25,101 to £27,907 pro rata, plus pension

Do you want to work outdoors, explore your creative flair, and make a real difference to your local community?

 

If youhave a passion for growing plants and supporting people to grow this could be the perfect role for you! Would you enjoy contributing and implementing new innovative ideas in our walled garden, helping to develop a ‘growing and maintenance’ plan?

 

A new opportunity for a Community Gardener within our Falkirk services has arisen that could be perfect for you!

 

About the Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is one of Cyrenians public facing services, where we support people on Community Payback Orders to put back into the community and develop their own horticultural skills.

 

Set in a public space of half an acre within Dollar Park, Falkirk the garden is highly valued by the community, and is a home for events, volunteering and enjoying the tranquillity it has to offer.

 

About the role

As Community Gardener you’ll contribute to developing a creative and interactive garden and programme for those engaging with our services. You’ll be surprised at how many opportunities you’ll have to perfect planting, bring new ideas and share your enthusiasm and garden knowledge with others.  As you’d imagine, there are plenty of chances to get your hands dirty – and it’s safe to say you’ll never be bored!

 

You’ll be part of a small garden team who engage with a real variety of people to help us meet our aims, including those on community payback orders and community volunteers.

 

About you

You’ll be an experienced gardener with a dynamic ‘can-do’ attitude and a genuine interest in people, gardening and working outdoors. Your enthusiasm and positive outlook will help you nurture an environment where people feel safe, valued and an opportunity to gain new skills

 

 

What we can offer you

  • Our garden services are delivered 7 days a week and offer working flexibility for the postholder and meeting service delivery needs.

 

  • You’ll be part of an enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff team who will help you develop and grow in your role and a supportive line manager

 

  • You’ll also have access to wider Cyrenians support, including our learning and development programme, and staff wellbeing services.

 

  • Opportunities to participate in any relevant training for continued personal development.

 

 

About us

At Cyrenians we tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness by taking a Public Health Approach to Homelessness Prevention. We take a values-led and relationships-based approach to delivering all our services.

 

You can find out more about our impact and our values online.

 

Website

www.cyrenians.scot

Walled garden page

 

Click here to download the job description.

 


How to Apply:

Visit www.cyrenians.scot/jobs, or e-mail recruitment@cyrenians.scot.

CVs will not be accepted.

Click here to download the application form.


Closing Date: April 29, 2024
The Hidden Gardens
Hours: ad hoc hours (70 hours)
Salary: £14.18 per hour

The Hidden Gardens is a multi-award-winning art and design garden and Scotland’s first sanctuary gardens dedicated to peace. Located between the communities of Pollokshields East and Govanhill; we are a small, friendly organisation run by a team of part-time staff and the heads, hearts and hands of many volunteer trustees, advisors, and gardeners. Broadly speaking, we aim to promote health and wellbeing – of people, and the planet.


Outdoor Learning Facilitation worker (£14.18 per hour) We are looking for someone to work ad hoc hours (70 hours) to deliver 21 inspiring short outdoors learning sessions, using the gardens as a resource, with small groups of pupils from several local primary schools, from mid-May onwards during term time. The project team includes the Community Programme Manager, this role, and a project assistant. Sessions will be scheduled by the project assistant, based on the availability of the schools and the facilitation worker.


An ability to communicate positively with a wide range of people will be important as is experience of training or facilitating outdoors in a community setting.


We are open to hearing from applicants who are available specifically for this work and from those who are interested in future work supporting children, young people, or adults.


Please visit https://thehiddengardens.org.uk/outdoor-learning-facilitation-worker-vac... for further information and to download an application pack.


How to Apply:

How to Apply: Applications to be received by email only. To apply please send your CV and a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you feel you are a good fit for the role.

Send your completed application and equal opportunities monitoring form to administrator@thehiddengardens.org.uk


Closing Date: April 18, 2024
Interview Date: Tuesday, 23 April, 2024
The MacRobert Trust
Address:

Royal Deeside, Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire

Salary: National Minimum Wage and subsidised accommodation

The MacRobert Trust supports Horticultural Education through its extensive charitable agenda. Our Horticultural Training Scheme accepts up to six trainees who are paid a salary and provided with accommodation. Training placements run for both one and two years and applications are now invited for four trainees to start in mid-September.

A programme of full-time, practical hands-on training, craft-skill development and proficiency, and machinery use and maintenance is undertaken whilst trainees assist our professional gardens team in the maintenance and development of the Trust’s ornamental and productive horticultural training gardens. Additionally, full training and assessment towards the achievement of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is funded and undertaken in-house throughout the year. Training and assessment in pesticide application PA1/PA6 and chainsaw operation CS30 is also carried out allowing trainees to achieve and practice these important certificates of competence. Training is based at our flagship Douneside House Garden which is an RHS Partner Garden and an RHS Qualifications Approved Centre.

Applications are encouraged from current or recently qualified horticultural college students who wish to progress their horticultural skills and enhance their professional career options through a programme of; hands-on immersive training and practice, RHS Qualifications, Certificates of Competence and structured work experience. Applications are also encouraged from new entrants to horticulture who, alongside the above, will also have the opportunity to study towards the RHS Principles of Horticulture Level 2 through distance learning. A second year is available to two trainees and may include paid internships to the Royal Botanic Gardens Logan, National Trust of Scotland Crathes Gardens and The Prince’s Foundation Dumfries House Gardens.

Whilst horticultural qualifications are not essential, applicants must provide clear evidence of a keen interest in developing a professional horticultural career.

The training placements are full-time and trainees are paid the National Minimum Wage and share accommodation within a modern, fully equipped six- bedroom estate house. Each trainee has their own private bedroom and en-suite bath/shower room.

MacRobert trainees have all been fortunate in gaining full-time employment, many within prestigious gardens across the UK, or have secured progressive training placements at RHS Gardens, Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, Kew, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania and many more.


How to Apply:

Applications can only be accepted by using The MacRobert Trust Application Form. This form and further information and testimonials from former trainees is found on our our website http://www.themacroberttrust.org.uk/grant-making/horticultural-training-scheme/ To contact the Head of Gardens:

Click here to apply. 


Closing Date: April 7, 2024