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Garden Education Officer

Walworth Garden
206 Manor Place SE173BN

Posted: 02/09/2020

Deadline: 27/09/2020

Compensation: Between London Living Wage and 27k (pro rata), dependent on experience

Paid Flexible hours

Job description

Inspired to motivate and nurture a new generation of horticulturists? Want to share knowledge and skills toward a greater environmental and social goal? Join our growing team at South London’s small but mighty charitable horticultural training centre and award winning organic garden, and help us equip more local adults with training toward careers in horticulture, with an ethical, environmental awareness.

The Organisation

Walworth Garden is a charity dedicated to knowledge and nurture. Our mission is to improve lives by providing excellent learning and horticultural therapy through a garden that is open to all. (Free entry, seven days a week).

Walworth Garden is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Charity is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.  Our main charitable work includes horticultural training and horticultural therapy for vulnerable and disabled adults. 

We also provide services that individuals or other organisations pay for in order to generate surplus income to support our charitable work.

This is a flexible job description that may be developed according to the skills and interests of the successful candidate. There is a minimum requirement of three days a week relating to the teaching and assessing of horticulture at Level 2. This may involve evenings and weekends. The postholder must have a Level 2 in Horticulture.

Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate other gardening/teaching/workshop related skill sets. There is some potential that this may become a full time role. 

The post holder will report to the Garden Manager.

Purpose Of The Role

To work with the Garden Manager on the planning, recruitment, delivery and administration of Walworth Garden’s adult education programme, and to be the first point of contact for students and learners. To develop new workshops and short courses that align with the ethos and approach of Walworth Garden. 

The Garden is a small organisation and employees are expected to be reasonably flexible so that the evolving needs of all stakeholders are met.

Individual responsibilities 

  1. To successfully teach all aspects of City & Guilds Work-based Horticulture at Level 2 
  2. To administer all aspects of the course in accordance with City & Guilds and funder rules and regulations and to collate and track data in order to satisfy both City & Guilds, student progress and funder demand
  3. To liaise with the CEO and other colleagues in preparation for inspections and lesson observations
  4. To liaise with and support other Horticulture Teachers in order to ensure coherent teaching, record keeping, and full coverage of the curriculum
  5. To be appropriately qualified (or gain qualification) in order to assess student work
  6. To facilitate student success to completion
  7. To liaise with the Marketing Assistant in order to promote courses and recruit optimum numbers of students, ensure relevant student details are on record, and to adhere to all GDPR and other data protection rules
  8. To liaise with the Head Gardener and Garden Manager so that work carried out by students in the Garden is in line with the overall vision and contributes to the success of both the Garden and the Plant Centre
  9. To be a reflective practitioner and adhere to the Professional Teacher Standards as laid out by The Education & Training Foundation
  10. To take part in preparing students for employment
  11. To take part in the Garden’s yearly Performance Management cycle, where appropriate
  12. To be prepared to take part in further developmental training to secure increased success both for the individual and the Garden.
  13. All other reasonable requests made by the CEO and Garden Manager

Joint Responsibilities

The post holder will share with other staff the responsibility for the following:

  1. Compliance with all Health and Safety regulations and to ensure the health and safety of all trainees, visitors to the garden and everyone working at the Garden.  Compliance with these regulations while working on external sites and ensuring the safety of the public at all times
  2. To liaise with the Head Gardener and Garden Manager to ensure all work on the Garden is in keeping with the overall vision
  3. The security and prevention of damage to the Garden, buildings, tools, equipment and stock owned or in use by the Garden
  4. The maintenance of the site and Garden, including keeping the building and property clean and in good condition
  5. Responding to enquiries about the Garden and its work from the public, community, groups, or other organisations
  6. Compliance with the Garden’s equal opportunities policies and all other relevant policies
  7. To provide assistance and advice to garden visitors and Plant Centre customers as required.

We particularly welcome applications from those identifying with groups currently under-represented within horticulture.

Application information

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About Walworth Garden

Walworth Garden is a charity dedicated to knowledge and nurture. Open to everyone, our award-winning gardens provide an oasis in the heart of Southwark, where people come to relax, learn and grow.Through gardening education, training and therapy, we also provide opportunities and support for members of the local community, including vulnerable and disabled adults, those who’ve suffered traumatic experiences, and unemployed people looking to improve their professional skills and qualifications.