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Barrmill Community Garden

Barrmill, Beith, Ayrshire, KA15

Hours: 9 hrs / week t.b.c.
Salary: £14 per hour
Type of Contract: Fixed Term until Spring 2022

For a full job descrition click here

How to Apply:

Please send a short CV (one side A4)
and a covering letter, detailing why you are suitable for the post (max 200 words)
to Fiona Fisher
Outdoor Community Development Worker,
Barrmill Conservation Group


Closing Date: February 15, 2021
Lanark Community Development Trust
Castlebank Horticultural Centre Lanark ML11 9EG
Hours: 14 hours per week spring/summer season April - September (6 months) and 7 hours per week autumn/winter season October – March. COVID restrictions permitting, the role will commence on 01.03.21.
Salary: £12.50 per hour
Type of Contract: 12 month fixed term, part time contract.

You must have a strong understanding of horticultural principles and a passion to share your knowledge with others.

Whilst formal horticultural training is NOT essential for the position, you must be able to demonstrate understanding of

plant propagation, composting, soil management and organic weed control, fruit and vegetable growing, and basic

pruning technique.

Most importantly, you will have excellent communication skills, and experience working with a range of people, either

in a professional or previous volunteering capacity. You will have strong organisational skills and be able to plan,

coordinate and deliver a range of activities tailored to a wide range of diverse audiences. You will have experience of

working with volunteers and will be able to develop and grow our volunteering capacity and opportunities.

You will be passionate about the natural world, horticulture, and its role in enhancing positive impacts on the


Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist the Educational Gardener in overseeing the development and delivery of our volunteer engagement and

opportunity programme through activities, events and initiatives.

• Assist the Educational Gardener in the management of the community growing space and liaise with the

Development Manager on the management of the learning facilities within the Community Learning Hub.

• Assist the Educational Gardener in the monitoring and maintenance of the public gardens within Castlebank Park.

• Lead or assist as appropriate in the delivery of volunteer or partner activity in association with partner

organisations including Clydesdale Community Initiatives and Skills Exchange Scotland.

• Assist in the development of community projects including the food growing scheme.

• Liaise with, and where appropriate work with, other organisations/partners to provide and educate on horticultural


• Maintain safe outdoor working practices and strict adherence to relevant Health & Safety legislation.

• Participate in community events held at the Horticultural Centre including plant sales, guided tours, open days etc.

• Identify opportunities for volunteer development and upskilling.

• Provide support to volunteers as appropriate.

• Undertake any other duties as required by the Horticultural Centre.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

• Experience of working with and supporting a wide range of community groups and individuals with additional

support needs.

• Experience of working with volunteers and supporting volunteer rotas / work programmes.

• Horticultural qualification or demonstrable equivalent experience, either through extensive personal experience, in

a nursery, garden centre or public garden.

• The ability to prioritise workload and to work on your own initiative.

Desirable Criteria

• Knowledge of mental health conditions and learning difficulties.

• Experience of ecological and biodiversity activities.

• Interest or knowledge in Lanark’s history and Castlebank Park’s significance.

Please note that any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland [Protection of

Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007] Scheme approval or Scheme update.

How to Apply: Please email CV and covering letter (no more than one A4 page) to: If you would like to discuss the role in more detail or have any queries, please contact / 07538 387 378.
Closing Date: January 26, 2021
Interview Date: Monday, 18 January, 2021
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Hours: 22.2 hours per week
Salary: Starting salary £31,572 (Band D – pro rata)
Type of Contract: Part-Time fixed term (9 months) based in Edinburgh

Community Engagement Manager

Part-Time fixed term (9 months) based in Edinburgh

Starting salary £31,572 (Band D – pro rata)


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking for a Community Engagement Manager to join our Public Engagement team. The role is a job share 9 month fixed term contract, covering maternity leave (22.2 hours per week).

Reporting to the Head of Public Engagement, your role will cover working across the Botanic Cottage and Demonstration Garden. You will be responsible for managing some staff and volunteers. You will be involved in planning and delivering RBGE’s community programme including the Edible Gardening Project. You will also be involved in developing and supporting the strategy and programme for community use of the Botanic Cottage.

Applicants should be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience, be highly organised, have strong project planning and management experience, confident communicators and have prior budget management experience. You should also have previous experience of managing staff and volunteers. You should have an interest in horticulture and some practical knowledge. It is not essential to have any formal horticultural training.  

A full job description and person specification which outlines the key and specific responsibilities as well as the essential and desirable criteria for this post can be downloaded from our website

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines their suitability for the post along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to by 12pm 11th December 2020. Interviews are likely to be held on the 18th and 21st December.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted

No recruitment agencies please.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is committed to providing a fair and equitable working environment and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to these posts.  We have a range of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity, including flexible working for staff with, for example, parenting and carer responsibilities, and proactive celebration of diversity among our staff, students and volunteers. RBGE holds an Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.


How to Apply: Applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines their suitability for the post along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to by 12pm 11th December 2020. Interviews are likely to be held on the 18th and 21st December.
Closing Date: December 11, 2020
The Orchard Project
The Orchard Project (Cause) Ltd 61 Mare Street London E8 4RG
Hours: Jan - Mar 2021
Salary: c. 2.5k
Type of Contract: Consultancy



The opportunity   

The Orchard Project is seeking to develop our work in Scotland to raise the profile of urban community orchards, secure new funding and cement new partnerships to address issues such as well-being, community cohesion, social isolation, food security, climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Our current Scottish team is comprised of 2 x 0.6 FTE Project Managers based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Project Managers are embedded in their local communities but the majority of their capacity is taken up with delivery. 

We are seeking a well networked, business development minded individual with experience both in the food growing sector and working strategically at policy level. Someone with their finger on the pulse!

The specific outputs that we require from consultancy are:

  • Draw up a map of funding prospects for our central belt Scottish orchards both from statutory and grant funders
  • Identify new leads and develop existing leads we have for projects and funding
  • Advocate for The Orchard Project with both local and national government to get introductions to key decision makers.
  • Draw up recommendations for areas where we can make the most impact in different policy areas , in order to access relevant funding for new projects – e.g. green infrastructure, urban planning, health and well-being, community cohesion, urban agriculture, biodiversity
  • Based on these recommendations and leads – to work alongside our Head of Fundraising and local Project Managers to develop and write funding bids for Scottish projects. Our target for fundraising begins at £50K. We anticipate this will take up the most time.
  • If the consultant is able to secure funding which leads to a pan-Scotland programme, we would be interested in this as a potential outcome.

Skills and experience that you would need:  

  • 5 years’ experience of working in a business development role or similar
  • Excellent knowledge of stakeholder management and developing relationships
  • Recent experience of working effectively with a range of commissioners, funders and other stakeholders in related fields
  • Demonstrable experience of successful fundraising
  • Well-networked in the central belt of Scotland  Great interpersonal skills and a can do attitude
  • Passion and knowledge about sustainable agriculture/permaculture/organic growing

Budget and timescales

We envisage that the work will take place from January – March 2021 and have an indicative budget of £2.5K for this work. We are open to suggestions from the consultant on the best way to allocate this to achieve our outputs and outcomes.

Instructions for Tendering

Please send a CV, Equal & Diversity form and cover letter highlighting how your experience would support this project and outlining your approach to by 13th December 2020. 

Interviews will be held virtually on Monday 21st December 2020.


For any questions about the role, please contact Kath Rosen, CEO:

For any questions about recruitment, please contact Ella Hashemi, Head of Operations & Programmes:

How to Apply:

For any questions about the role, please contact Kath Rosen, CEO:

For any questions about recruitment, please contact Ella Hashemi, Head of Operations & Programmes:

Closing Date: December 13, 2020
Interview Date: Monday, 21 December, 2020
Hours: 18.75 hours per week >>> Work patterns will vary but there is a requirement for some weekend work to suit the needs of the project
Salary: £25,364-£28077. per annum, pro rata
Type of Contract: Contract 31st March 2023



The Garden Project will work with people who have been involved in offending or face other barriers to employment and social inclusion.

We are looking to recruit an Educational Gardener to help us move our project into the next stage of its development. You will have extensive horticultural experience, preferably with experience of or an interest in food growing and/or wildlife gardening. A proven track record of developing and managing projects is also essential as is experience of working with volunteers/community work.
Necessary skills and qualifications include;

  • Demonstrable experience of successful project planning from idea, through implementation to completion
  • Minimum three years’ horticultural experience with good technical knowledge of plants, tools, horticultural processes and strong plant identification skills
  • Recognised Level 3 qualification in horticulture or a related subject
  • Extensive experience of working with and supervising volunteers including an ability to teach volunteers by example the principles of good horticultural practice
  • An understanding of how community-based organisations work and previous experience of working for, or participating in, a community-based organisation
  • Experience of working with disadvantaged groups/individuals

Knowledge of and a commitment to working within Health and Safety legislation including site risk assessment is essential and a recognised qualification would be an advantage. Induction training will be given.

Work patterns will vary but there is a requirement for some weekend work to suit the needs of the project
Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) is a requirement for this post. 

Sacro Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
31 days annual leave plus 6 fixed public holidays, pro rata

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Mary Thomson on 01698 337208



How to Apply:

For an application pack visit

Closing Date: October 30, 2020
Interview Date: Thursday, 5 November, 2020
Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville – National Spinal Injury Centre
National Spinal Injuries Centre Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury HP21 8AL
Hours: Flexible working considered, minimum 4 days a week
Salary: £30,163 FTE


Horatio’s Garden is an award-winning national charity creating and nurturing beautifully designed gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

We are seeking an enthusiastic head gardener for this exciting role at Joe Swift’s designed hospital garden project at the UK’s largest spinal injury centre at Stoke Mandeville. This high-profile garden opened in 2018 and trail blazes the benefits of gardens and health. The project has had widespread publicity including being featured on Gardeners’ World.

The beautiful garden surrounds the spinal centre with contemporary planting designed for all year-round interest and includes a water feature, dense herbaceous planting and specimen trees. There is also a small area of wildflower meadow planting and a stumpery garden beyond the main garden.

Central to the garden is a large Garden room designed by architect Andrew Wells which give patients a warm sheltered place to enjoy the garden in all weather and is as a hub for garden activities and patient events. There is a large accessible greenhouse, cold frames and an area of raised beds for patients to get involved with gardening and a head gardener’s office.

As Head Gardener you will join a team of four other friendly Head Gardeners across the charity’s other projects. You will work with a part-time administrative assistant and a team of trained volunteers to nurture the beautiful space for patients of the spinal injury centre and their visitors. Joe Swift is closely involved, visiting regularly and offering advice.

The Head Gardener also works closely with the spinal injury centre team organising activities and events for patients and families in the garden.

The role is a fantastic opportunity for a gardener with an interest in gardens and wellbeing and a passion for people as well as plants. At Stoke Mandeville there are children with spinal injuries as well as adults and so a particular interest in gardening for children and families would be an advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Practical experience as a gardener, including experience of garden management
  • Empathic, kind and have a love of people
  • Experience of leading and managing teams.
  • Able to manage budgets and petty cash.


  • RHS Level 2 Diploma in Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
  • Experience of therapeutic activities.
  • Experience with gardening with children
  • Management of, and working with, volunteers.
  • Good IT skills, specifically proficient with Microsoft Office 365: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
  • Supplier management and ordering.
  • Working in the voluntary sector.
  • NHS experience or work in a health care setting.


  • Able to meet the physical demands of the job.
  • Willingness to show commitment and flexibility in working practice.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working with the minimum of direction but understanding the limits of your knowledge and able to seek advice when required.



Contact Name: Olivia Chapple
How to Apply: To apply please write a covering letter explaining why you would be suited to this role and send your CV to
Closing Date: October 19, 2020

Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4TE

Hours: 35 hours a week (worked over 5 days, with flexibility required for late night or weekend work on occasion)
Salary: £30,000
Type of Contract: Permanent (subject to continued funding)

This is a pivotal role, with overall responsibility for the development, operations and sustainability of Bridgend Farmhouse’s community facing activities, volunteering and external partnerships. Bridgend Farmhouse is relatively young as a fully constituted and staffed organisation, but has its origins in community development activities dating back over ten years. We are looking for someone to lead the organisation in the next stage of its development as we seek to diversify our sources of funding and increase the impact we achieve in our Area of Benefit.

How to Apply:

For a full Job description and  application process, see

Closing Date: October 12, 2020
Situated just to the south of the coastal town of Arbroath
Hours: Full-time (hours negotiable)
Salary: £23,000/£25,000 pro rata (depending on experience)
Type of Contract: Permanent

Person Specification 

Hospitalfield Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable Head Gardener who is a good communicator and enjoys working with people and plants. 

We are looking for someone with vision who will work with the rest of the Hospitalfield team to realise the very great potential there is to manage the land, develop the garden and engage our audiences in the horticultural story of Hospitalfield. 


Skills and Experience



• Excellent experience of horticulture either to RHS Level 3 level or through practical experience over a number of years working in horticulture.

• Certificates and training in use of garden machinery maintenance.

• Trained in environmental safety and use of herbicides/pesticides (organic/chemical free).

Garden Management

• An demonstrable understanding of the potential and opportunities there are to work within the context of a historic garden and in the grounds of an important Arts & Crafts country house with a fascinating cultural history.

• Ability to establish short, medium and long term strategies and plans for the development of the gardens and grounds.

• Experience of estate management including tree, hedgerow, grass and lawn management.

• Experience of working efficiently with outside contractors where this is required.

• Experience of managing people walking through or using sites that are less and more public/private.


• Experience of devising and delivering training programmes.

• Experience of and commitment to using the garden as a place for learning and training.

• Experience of working with a volunteer workforce.

• Interest to work with apprentices and enthusiasm to pass on knowledge and experience – consideration of the future workforce.

Approach to work

• Conscientious and organised approach to work.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Good grasp of computer working; e mails, word processing.

• Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines with limited supervision.

• Experience of working as part of a team and independently.

• Willingness to be flexible in this post-Covid time as we incorporate new ways of working in to our staff team particularly in relation to health and safety.


• Experience of working in a garden or nursery that is open to the public and therefore has an awareness of the responsibilities of working with the public.

• Understanding of community learning and development.

• Experience of events management.

• Understanding of the ways in which horticulture can be used in the context of well-being.

• Interest in growing food and the link to the catering/food destination that Hospitalfield will become.

How to Apply:

Applications closing date 30 August 2020 at 5pm

Interviews to be held week commencing 7 September 2020

Closing Date: August 30, 2020
Friends of Seaview - Edinburgh
Salary: £15 To £18 depending on experience and qualifications
Type of Contract: Part time


Therapeutic Gardener – Friends of Seaview - Edinburgh
The Friends of Seaview, a registered charity, are looking for an enthusiastic Therapeutic Gardener to work part time in a sensory garden linked to a respite unit for children with disabilities in Edinburgh.

The garden has a sensory garden, raised beds for vegetable and fruit growing, flower beds, herb bed, apple trees, willow, wildflower and play areas. The new geodesic dome offers a space for horticultural therapy sessions, growing, and a sheltered place to enjoy the outdoors from. The purpose of the garden is to enable children, staff and volunteers the opportunity to enjoy nature, increase wellbeing, promote a healthy lifestyle, to grow, to play and have a positive impact on the environment. More details about our garden and charity can be found on our Facebook and website

Friends of Seaview are a small charity with an active group of Trustees. The gardener will be supported by a Trustee and staff from the unit but expected to plan activities for the children and manage the garden and volunteers.
The post is part time but flexible, on average the person will be expected to work 12 hours per week including Friday afternoons and some weekends. The hourly rate is £15 to £18 depending on experience and qualifications. The post is available from July 2020.

The Garden is located at

Seaview Children’s Unit, 1 Bingham Avenue, Bingham Edinburgh, EH15 3HY.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Take a lead role in managing and developing the garden
    Provide regular updates to the Board of Trustees
    Manage and recruit volunteers
    Delivering group and one to one therapeutic gardening sessions for children
    Assist with funding applications


  • Practical experience as a gardener
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    Experience of working with children and volunteers
    Ability to work independently and flexibly
    Willingness to undertake relevant training and attend conferences


  • Experience working with children with severe and complex needs
    Post Graduate Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture,
    RHS level 2 Diploma in Principles and Practices in Horticulture
    Experience of recruitment, retention and management of volunteers
    Good IT skills including Word, Google teams.
    Social media and newsletter writing experience
    Experience completing funding applications
    Administration experience including report writing
    Experience of working in partnership with various organisations and stakeholders
    Organising events and workshops


How to Apply:

We welcome informal enquiries, please ring Christina on 07836561118 or e-mail .This is a self-employed position, and we currently have funding up to summer 2021 but are applying for further funding and to date we have successfully funded the work for several years . To apply please send your CV and covering letter describing why you would be a suitable for this role to Christina Burnett via e mail address as above . The closing date for applications is 20th July 2020. Note: Disclosure Scotland, reference and qualification checks will be conducted as part of the recruitment process.


Closing Date: July 20, 2020
Clydesdale Community Initiatives
CCI, Langloch Farm, Lanark
Hours: 3.5 days per week (26.25 hours)
Salary: £22,000 pro rata
Type of Contract: Fixed term until end March 22

Based in CCI offices, Langloch Farm, Lanark – Work sites across Lanarkshire3.5 days per week (26.25 hours)

Introduction to Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI)

Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) is an innovative social enterprise with a core mission to give people who are experiencing significant barriers to inclusion, due to their learning disability, mental health issue or other challenging circumstance, the opportunity to make a positive contribution in their community.

The role of the Community Gardener

We are now seeking a community gardener who will support small groups to engage in projects that make a tangible high profile difference to their community. These activities include therapeutic gardening at Langloch Farm and supporting food growing initiatives within the Clydesdale Food Growing Network.

The work will require engaging individual volunteers with support needs; including adults with learning difficulties and complex mental health issues, as well as local community volunteers to work on small scale food growing and horticulture based projects.

Job Description

Delivering programmes of gardening / food growing activities to individuals with a range of support needs

  • Ensuring that sites are well planned, organised and attractive for both participants and the wider public.
  • Taking active responsibility for an effective, safe and happy team that is inclusive of volunteers from across the community
  • Reporting and dealing with all volunteering issues constructively with the CCI team.
  • Developing and delivering workshops to community and school groups on a range of gardening activities and environmental topics.

Essential skills and qualities

We are looking for an individual that takes pride in their work and can reliably deliver quality jobs:

  • Evidence of gardening expertise.
  • Experience of supporting people to make a contribution to their community, develop their skills and improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Able to balance the dual task of getting a job done and supporting volunteers.
  • Evidence of a flexible, positive can do attitude to planning and managing work.
  • Experience of undertaking onsite risk assessments and being responsible for the safety of everyone on site (ensuring that social distancing and appropriate hygiene protocols are followed).
  • We are looking for someone who can work independently and as part of the team.
  • Ability to use IT, including email, and to keep and share essential admin information.

How to Apply: Email or telephone 01555 664211 for an application pack.
Closing Date: June 30, 2020
Interview Date: Wednesday, 8 July, 2020