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Community Gardener

Cottington Community Garden
Around the estate

Posted: 29/04/2019

Deadline: 10/06/2019

Compensation: £15 per hour

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

Location: Cottington Close Estate RMO Contract: Seasonal fixed term to end October 2019 Salary: £15 per hour, responsible for your own tax and NI Hours: 9am to 5pm with 1 hour (unpaid) for lunch.

‘The RMO aims to be an equal opportunities employer’.

Cottington Close Estate Resident Management Organisation is a small estate of 247 homes built in the 1950s. we have a gated community garden and estate beds that run along the buildings. We are currently recruiting a ‘Community Gardener’ to work within our Housing Estate. Along with regular gardening duties the work aims to provide education and direct community engagement and make CCRMO a beautiful place to live. Project work available to the postholder is varied and will include community gardening; food growing; garden maintenance; occasional development and design of new garden projects in collaboration with community stakeholders; horticultural training; volunteer engagement; and supervising corporate volunteering. You will utilise your excellent communication skills in engaging individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and varied age groups, adapting gardening activities to insure all can participate, including those with English as a second language. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing and cultivating a wide range of plants, overseeing volunteers within our Community garden and around the wider estate. Between 9am and 2pm you would work primarily alone, between 2pm and 5pm you would lead community and corporate volunteers (via Benefacto) in gardening around the estate and community garden.

Person specification


  • 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 2 qualification in horticulture or a related subject.
  • 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 and/or children.

Skills and attributes

In addition, the candidate should be

  • Genuinely excited by plants and keen to communicate this enthusiasm to as wide an audience as possible
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Aware of all issues affecting personal safety and the safety of others, including volunteers.
  • Sensitive to community issues, values and demographics.
  • Reliable and organised
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A confident and effective communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Qualified First Aider desirable

Application information

Please send CV and covering letter to Nicola

When we receive enough applicants the advert will close.

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About Cottington Community Garden

We are a community garden which started up in February 2010 to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit etc.on our estate in Kennington, South London. Open to the wider community around the estate, we are also looking at making the wider estate a beautiful place for residents.