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Garden Education Officer

Walworth Garden
206 Manor Place SE173BN

Posted: 06/04/2021

Deadline: 25/04/2021

Compensation: London Living Wage to £27,000 pro-rata

Paid Part-time


Job description

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.

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. 3-5 days a week relating to the teaching and assessing of horticulture at Level 2. This may involve evenings and weekends. The post-holder must have a Level 2 in and a passion for Horticulture. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate other gardening/teaching/workshop related skills and experience. There is potential that this will become a full time role.

Purpose of the Role

To work with the Head of Plants & Education and other Garden Education Officer/s 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:

a) To successfully teach all aspects of City & Guilds Work-based Horticulture at Level 2 

b) 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

c) To liaise with the CEO and other colleagues in preparation for inspections and lesson observations

d) To liaise with and support other Horticulture Teachers in order to ensure coherent teaching, record keeping, and full coverage of the curriculum

e) To be appropriately qualified (or gain qualification) in order to assess student work

f) To facilitate student success to completion

g) To liaise with Marketing 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

h) To liaise with the Head of Plants & Education and the Head Gardener  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

i) To be a reflective practitioner and adhere to the Professional Teacher Standards as laid out by The Education & Training Foundation

j) To take part in preparing students for employment

k) To take part in the Garden’s yearly Performance Management cycle, where appropriate

l) To be prepared to take part in further developmental training to secure increased success both for the individual and the Garden.

m) All other reasonable requests made by the CEO and Head of Plants & Education

See the full job description and person specification here.

Please note that this post will be subject to receiving satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure checks.

Walworth Garden is committed to equality of opportunity, and values diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented in the horticulture industries, as well as applications from women and LGBTQIA+ candidates.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we are only able to contact successfully shortlisted candidates and are only able to provide feedback to interviewed candidates. If you have not heard from us two weeks after the closing date please assume that your application was unsuccessful at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding.

Application information

Please see the further details and information on how to apply at: https://walworthgarden.org.uk/garden-education-officer

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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.