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Cultivate Dundee, Chrysalis Service

Hours: 22.5 hours per week
Salary: £18,525 (pro rata)

Chrysalis is a mental health service based in an award winning community garden in Dundee.
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, which is open to the public. Duties also include supporting our service users with their personal development plans.

We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic and practical individual to join our small team. Applicants should :

Have experience in horticulture and of supporting people in an outdoor setting.

Be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature attitude together with adaptability, creativity and enthusiasm.

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 occasional evening and weekend working.

Closing date for all applications is 12.00 noon, Monday the 9th of August 2021.
Interviews will take place on Wednesday the 18th August 2021.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form

How to Apply:

For more details, full Job description and how to apply, see the SAMH web pages

Closing Date: August 9, 2021
Interview Date: Wednesday, 18 August, 2021
Stirling Community Enterprise
Hours: 25 Hours per week between 8am and 5pm (Mon – Fri)
Salary: Real Living Wage - £9.50 per hour
Type of Contract: 26 weeks (6 months)

Are you aged 16 to 24 and looking for work? Are you passionate about working outside?  Do you enjoy practical jobs and seeing the impact of your work?  Yes? Then we want to hear from you!

We are looking to employ a Gardener to join our Contracts team on a 6 month paid work placement.  This unique opportunity will give you the chance work on a range of private and public gardens throughout Stirling including the historic Bowling Green and Gardens of the Cowanes Hospital.  Working with our existing Gardener as well as with volunteers and trainees the successful candidate must have a passion for working outdoors, take pride in their work and be willing to work with others to ensure jobs are completed to the highest of standards. 

This opportunity is available to anyone aged between 16 and 24 who is currently unemployed or at risk of unemployment so if you have experience of gardening, horticulture or construction, or if you are interested in learning the skills to work in this sector then please get in touch to find out more. 


How to Apply:

For more information and to request an application form contact:

Closing Date: June 13, 2021
Barrmill and District Community Association / Barrmill Conservation Group

Barrmill Community Centre, 1 Beith Rd, Barrmill, Beith, North Ayrshire KA15 1HW

Hours: 15 hpw for 36 weeks over 12 months
Salary: £10p/h
Type of Contract: Fixed term until end June 2022

Introduction to Barrmill and District Community Association

The Barrmill Conservation group operate under the Barrmill and District Community Association.  The aim of the BCG is to actively encourage locals to spend time in the local outdoor environment to benefit from green health practices and to contribute to the protection of the local biodiversity of the area. 

The role of the Community Gardener

We are now seeking a community gardener who will support volunteers in the development and maintenance of the community garden.

The work will require engaging with volunteers to work on small scale horticultural projects.


Job Description

  • Assist the Community Development Worker in providing a varied programme of garden jobs to engage and upskill existing volunteers and attract new volunteers.
  • Plan and organise jobs required to keep the community garden maintained to a high standard ensuring that it is an attractive place for locals and visitors to spend time.
  • Offer horticultural support and advice to volunteers in the development and maintenance of the community garden at weekly and monthly volunteering sessions.
  • Delegate garden tasks to volunteers relative to their needs and experience.
  • Work with the Outdoor Community Development Worker and Therapeutic Gardener to create therapeutic areas within the garden.
  • To work co-operatively with the BDCA Directors, Outdoor Community Development Worker, Therapeutic Gardener and other members of the BCG and partner organisations to deliver agreed objectives. Attend and participate in meetings as necessary, including Directors meetings, volunteer meetings and partnership meetings where required.
  • Liaise with the Outdoor Community Development Worker with regards to purchases to effectively deliver the role.   Be willing to source material and / or resources from our partners as required.  
  • Comply with the BCG health and safety policies and procedures.  Be willing to undergo PVG checks and first aid training. Adhere to and carryout risk assessments as required.
  • Account for work undertaken and provide briefings to the Outdoor Community Development Worker as required.  Be responsible for the upkeep and submission of timesheets.
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the post in support of the BCG aims and objectives.

This post requires a PVG check. This Job Description is not contractual and will be subject to review.

Essential skills and qualities

  • Horticulture related qualification and/or a minimum of 2 years consistent horticultural experience relative to the post. 
  • Experience in using practical knowledge/experience of horticulture to support volunteers in the development and maintenance of a community garden.
  • Experience of undertaking onsite risk assessments and being responsible for the safety of everyone on site, including members of the public, ensuring that Covid-19 guidance is followed.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the team.
  • Ability to keep records including time sheets and monitoring and evaluation data. 
  • Self-motivated and well organised with good time management skills. 
  • Ability to build a rapport with and enthuse a range of volunteer groups.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Good IT competences and able to use of Microsoft Office and email.
  • Willingness to undergo a PVG check and First Aid training
  • Able to work flexible hours as required. 
  • Full driving licence and access to a vehicle.


Desirable Skills and Qualities

  • Experience of working in a volunteer led environment.  
  • An interest in healthy living/green health. 
  • Experience of organic gardening.
  • Experience of partnership working.   
  • Experience of working with individuals or groups in a therapy setting.
  • Experience of working with young people and youth groups, including those with challenging behaviour. 
  • Emergency First Aid certificate. 
  • Experienced in the use of Social Media to promote a community project.

How to Apply:

Email a covering letter and CV to

Closing Date: June 30, 2021
Inverness Botanic Gardens
Hours: 17.5 hrs per week
Salary: £12,430 per annum / £13.66 per hour
Type of Contract: Fixed term until end March 22

To supervise, support, develop and train adults with variety of special needs in horticultural activities for their physical and mental wellbeing.


1. Implement, develop and establish a program of horticultural training awards including the ‘Grow and Learn Award’

2. Maintain and develop the GROW garden.

3. Help develop commercial opportunities.

4. Support the operations of the nursery and Botanic Gardens.

5. Recruit, develop and support a network of volunteers to help the project

6. Liaise with parents, carers, guardians, support workers, social workers and other individuals and organisations as required.

7. To provide cover as required.

8. Gardening –To be practically involved in all areas of the gardens and support those with additional needs in their activities. A good level of physical fitness is required.

9. Ensure legislative compliance in all areas, including safe working practices in accordance with current health and safety legislation and to carry out health and safety procedures as required by HLH.

10. To always comply with HLH Code of Conduct and Role Model Behaviours

11. Responsibility for the security of the building ensuring opening and closing procedures are followed. Be a key holder and be able to respond to out-of-hours call outs.

12. Ensure the cleanliness of all areas of the GROW project including toilets.

13. To support in the delivery of our obligations to Highland Council, NHS, BID and other trusted partners and stakeholders.

14. To work with the Facility Manager to achieve the objectives of High Life Highland.

You may be required to perform duties, appropriate to the post, other than those given in the job specification. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may be varied without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are common occurrence and would not themselves justify reconsideration of the grading. Because of such variations it will be necessary to update this job specifications from time to time.

How to Apply: Contact: Ewan MacKintosh –
Closing Date: May 21, 2021
Forfar Open Garden
Based at Lochside Road
Hours: 25 hours per week,
Salary: £15 per hour.
Type of Contract: Fixed term for 1 year. Potential for extension, dependent on funding.

Specific Tasks

  • Ensure the garden is planned, organised and attractive for both participants and the wider public.
  • Develop and deliver volunteering opportunities at the garden that promote the objectives and values of Forfar Open Garden
  • Responsible for the maintenance of buildings, tools and equipment, and security of the garden.
  • raising awareness of the charity and its work at local and national levels
  • Identify and support opportunities to generate income from plant, produce sales and workshops aimed at paying customers to support aims of garden.
  • increasing funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria match our charity's aims and activities in relation to Forfar Open Garden
  • Research and engage individuals, companies and businesses interested in developing therapeutic, community Gardening.
  • Developing Forfar Open Garden to be a forum for discussion, idea sharing, undertake co-operative actions and develop courses dependent on identified needs of those attending.
  • Organising and running public engagement events.
  • Research, develop and plan programmes of events and courses at the Garden and other sites where appropriate
  • Promote the garden via the provision of talks, presentations and participation in events and activities.
  • report your performance to managers and Trustees

Education Attainment & Accreditation

  • Formal qualification (degree or similar) in a horticultural/biological/environmental science/countryside management or education discipline. Other subject areas or equivalent experience will be considered.

Professional Skills & Experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to produce promotional materials, develop web site pages and maintain social media
  • High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and the Internet).
  • Understanding and interest in horticulture, wildlife, ecology and nature conservation.
  • An appreciation of local and central government policies and directives

Interpersonal Skills & Qualities

  • A proven enthusiasm for the outdoors and education and an ability to share it with others.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a good facilitator who can integrate and coordinate the work of others to deliver results
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work as a member of a close-knit team
  • Unwavering ethical, safety, environmental and responsibility value
  • networking and negotiating skills
  • a creative approach to problem solving
  • organisation, planning and administration skills
  • skills in researching, analysing and writing reports

Closing Date: May 19, 2021
Interview Date: Friday, 21 May, 2021

WHALE Arts Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, Edinburgh, EH14 2SA

Hours: 21 hours per week (3 days a week)
Salary: £22,000 per annum year 1, £22, 660 per annum year 2, and £23, 339 per annum year 3 (£13200 year 1, £13596 year 2, £14,003 year 3 pro-rata equivalent)
Type of Contract: 3 years

For a full Job Description and information on the Skills, Qualities & Experience required, please click here

For further information about the post and the organisation online, see

How to Apply: Apply in writing or by email, enclosing: ● An up-to-date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience. (2 pages max.) ● A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description. (2 pages max.) ● Details of two referees, including your most recent employer. The successful candidate will be appointed to the role subject to confirmation of PVG Scheme Membership. Send applications to by midday on Wednesday 5th May 2021. If you would like to speak to someone about the role please contact Laura Delahunt, Enterprise and Facilities Manager, by emailing us on or by phoning 0131 4583267 to request a call.
Closing Date: May 5, 2021
Place of work: Main place of work Hope Organic Garden, Arbroath with some community based project work.
Hours: 28 hours per week
Salary: £25,480 (pro rata)
Type of Contract: 3 year contract


Operational Planning

  • Organisation and management of HOPE Garden, staff, trainees and volunteers
  • Responsibility for trainees’ health and wellbeing, and involvement in HOPE projects. 
  • Developing appropriate learning programmes for people with learning difficulties.
  • Facilitating regular garden meetings with those involved in the project, in order to gather feedback and evaluate the project
  • Develop the long term potential of the garden by participating in strategic discussions.
  • Foster an open teamwork approach between colleagues, trainees, volunteers and other stakeholders 
  • Help with the implementation of relevant areas of HOPE Business Plan 
  • Liaise with Trustees on development of new garden projects
  • Identify funding sources and prepare applications for the charity 
  • Provide regular reports for trustees meetings
  • Attend joint staff/trustees meetings 


Day to Day Operational Management

  • Develop volunteer programme including recruitment, training, support and supervision of current and new volunteers
  • Organise volunteer support meetings and identify any training needs
  • Develop a range of opportunities at the garden
  • Provide support for Head Gardener and organise and record staff team meetings
  • Provide support and supervision to the Shop and Admin Assistant
  • Organise User Group yearly meeting and/or development days.


Communication and organisational duties 

  • Support the HOPE ethos of valuing all individuals and supporting people to reach their potential
  • Communicate the work and ethos of HOPE to outside agencies 
  • Actively seek out links with organisations and schools which could contribute to HOPE’s development 
  • Attend relevant training sessions, seminars and conferences 
  • Support fundraising and income generation activities and develop new funding initiatives 
  • Promote HOPE through presentations to local community groups and organisations


Person specification

  • Excellent people and project management skills
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people 
  • Commitment to person-centred values 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team 
  • Ability to work in a patient, flexible and non-judgmental manner 
  • Self-reflective, self-aware and able to give and accept feedback 
  • Willingness to undertake additional training as appropriate
  • A current driving licence and access to a car is essential
  • IT skills essential, including use of Excel, Word and PowerPoint


How to Apply:

An application form and job specification are available for download from our website at  Alternatively, please email for an application form and job specification. 

Closing date Friday 21th May 2021 at 5pm

Interviews to be held week in line with government guidelines, it is expected that the interviews will take place via a Zoom link.

Closing Date: May 21, 2021
Hours: 22.5 hrs per week
Salary: £18,525 (pro rata),

The Horticulture Practitioner will provide support to people we support which encourages independent living and creates an environment for recovery which upholds rights to privacy, dignity and personal choice within a service which specialises in horticulture training and delivery of therapeutic horticulture.

The Horticulture Practitioner will deliver the Cultivate (Therapeutic Horticulture Pathway) and SAMH’s GROW (Greenspace Recovery onto Work) Programmes across Aberdeenshire.

The Horticulture Practitioner will facilitate group sessions and deliver horticulture training to the required standards set by the relevant lead body and/or SAMH standards

Provide practical assistance for the needs of people we support, whilst encouraging individual responsibility and maximisation of personal choice

Support individuals in their search for work and supporting them to secure suitable employment/self employment or training, which match their skills, experience and aspirations.

Plan, monitor, evaluate and review outcomes for individuals through the use of person centred planning approaches.

Contribute fully to the activities of the project and play an effective role in achieving the aims and objectives of the service

Establish and maintain effective links with local community services and ensure that the people we support are aware of these services.

Negotiating access to community based resources, on behalf of service users with particular barriers.

Comply with the SSSC Code of Conduct, SAMH’s policies and procedures and any other relevant legislation.

Co-ordinate and deliver time limited focused group work and training events

Co-ordinate and deliver information events and stalls to promote the service.

Protect vulnerable groups and individuals from abuse in accordance with SAMH’s safeguarding framework.

Evidence outcomes for individuals through the use of person centred planning approaches.

Exercise judgement and initiative, taking personal responsibility and accountability for your own practice.

Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and reflective practice.

Treat every individual receiving support with respect and dignity

Promote the work of the organisation in a positive manner

Challenge the stigma associated with mental illness.


How to Apply: Further information about our new services, full job descriptions and application forms are available on our website Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to no other form of application will be accepted.
Closing Date: April 22, 2021
Organisation Blooming Gardeners CIC
Invergordon, Barbaraville, Alness, Dingwall and other sites in the area as required
Hours: 18 hours per week
Salary: £13.75 per hour
Type of Contract: Temporary - - 6 months post

Blooming Gardenersis a Community Interest Company, registered with Companies House and run by a board of volunteer directors. The primary aim of Blooming Gardeners is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of its clients (gardeners) through involvement in horticulture. At present a service is provided for people with a range of learning disabilities and social communication disorders.

Blooming Gardeners employs 2 part time Horticultural Trainers who guide the gardeners in plant production, garden maintenance, soft landscaping and fruit and vegetable growing. We would now like to recruit another part time Horticultural Trainer for a period of 6 months working 9 hours over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons plus up to 9 hours which can be worked flexibly according to preference and need. We are looking for someone with a sound knowledge of horticulture and the ability to support and communicate with people with additional needs.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the other Horticultural Trainers in the practical gardening activities helping to ensuring that Blooming Gardeners meets high standards of service and support to its gardeners, staff and volunteers. 

You can download the full job description, person specification, and job application form from the Blooming Gardeners website –



Contact Name: Fiona on 07751 345639.
How to Apply: Please send the completed job application form together with your CV and a covering letter, outlining how your experience reflects the job description and person specification, to the Secretary of Blooming Gardeners at
Closing Date: April 30, 2021
Interview Date: Monday, 10 May, 2021
Hope Organic Garden, Arbroath
Hours: 28 hours per week (initial 12 month contract)
Salary: £14,560 (£10 per hour)
Type of Contract: initial 12 month contract

Place of work: Main place of work Hope Organic Garden, Arbroath with some community based project work.

Responsible to: Garden Manager

We are looking for an experienced gardener who can support our trainees to help develop and learn a wide range of gardening skills. Previous work with adults with learning disabilities would be desirable but not essential.  Ideally the candidate should have a Horticulture qualification or equivalent work based experience.  Basic IT skills would be advantageous.

A current driving licence and access to a car is essential. A PVG Disclosure check is required for this post and will be paid for by the employer.



How to Apply: An application form and job specification are available for download from our website at Alternatively, please email for an application form and job specification. For more information or to receive a paper copy of the application form and job specification please telephone 07725 982711 Interviews to be held week commencing 26th April 2021. In line with government guidelines, it is expected that the interviews will take place via a Zoom link.
Closing Date: April 16, 2021