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Project Coordinator

Edible Landscapes London
Finsbury Park N4 1BZ

Posted: 1 Jun 2021

Deadline: 20 Jun 2021

Compensation: £14,400 per year (15 hours per week)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract


Job description

Edible Landscapes London (ELL) are looking for a knowledgeable and motivated individual with the experience, passion and drive to share forest gardening skills throughout our community. We seek someone who can think strategically and work together with us, our networks and partners to reach more people and establish forest gardens in more places.

Who we are and what we do

ELL is a not-for-profit community education project located within Haringey’s Finsbury Park. We specialise in Forest Gardening – a food growing design system that mimics natural ecosystems, involving a variety of perennial plants and trees. Our volunteer sessions help Londoners learn how to grow more of their own food and propagate plants to give away to support local projects. We are proud to say that we developed the first ever accredited Forest Gardening course in the UK and many of our students have gone on to work in the horticultural sector.

ELL was established in 2010, starting out as a volunteer-led project. Since then we have built both a strong reputation in the local area with our delivery partners and within the agroforestry community. We are an active contributor to the Finsbury Park Stakeholder Group and have developed a very positive relationship with Haringey Council, who manage the park. In 2017 we reincorporated as a CIC and restructured our current site and boundaries to create a self contained plot. Using Environmental Impact grants from Haringey Council and other funding we have been able to redevelop and improve the site layout and infrastructure.

Our key vision is to have an abundant, sustainable London, with skilled and cohesive communities that connect with their land. We are now uniquely qualified in this mission, having trained hundreds of students in related courses as well as designing and delivering accredited courses in Forest Gardening in partnership with Capital Growth and the Orchard Project. To supplement this training we have also devised and delivered the very successful ‘Food Forest Project’ which supports the design and creation of satellite Forest Garden sites in and around Finsbury Park working with a variety of stakeholders.

Edible Landscapes London are looking for a knowledgeable and motivated individual with the experience, passion and drive to share forest gardening skills throughout our community. We seek someone who can think strategically and work together with us, our networks and partners to reach more people and establish forest gardens in more places.

ELL Governance and Equal opportunities

ELL is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) with a board of 10 directors drawn from our volunteer community and project founders. The directors and other long term volunteers who want to be involved meet quarterly to review and steer the project towards its goals. Our approach to decision making is one of consensus not majority vote where new ideas and proposals are carefully tested against our Shared Core Values and wider Sustainable Regeneration good practice.

We are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity within our organisation. For this reason we would welcome applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.

Project Coordinator Specification

Hours: 96 days x 7.5 hrs to be spread evenly throughout one calendar year

Contract: Fixed term, 12 months commencing in July or August 2021

Status: Self employed

Location: Various to suit role including ELL site

Remuneration: £150 day = 7.5 x £20 – Total: £14,400.00 (invoicing periods TBA)

The post is funded primarily by The Lottery - Awards for All Programme.

Working days and distribution of hours are to be agreed between the successful candidate and ELL. There will however be a requirement to work some weekends and evenings to attend meetings, events and connect with our Sunday volunteers.

It is the intention of the ELL directors that they will work with the appointed Project Coordinator to secure further funding to extend the post duration and days per annum beyond the contract period; with a view to making this into an employed position in the future.

Website: https://ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk/ If you want to visit the site our regular volunteer days are Sundays from 10-2.

Responsibilities

  1. Managing the Awards for All and Environmental Impact Grants, liaising and reporting to the funders as required.
  2. Ensuring the Award for All project deliverables are met (see below).
  3. Fundraising, including developing a proposal for the next Environmental Impact Grant from Haringey in 2022 supported by ELL fundraising team.
  4. Representing ELL at meetings with funders, Haringey Council and other partner organisations when required.
  5. Administering and managing ELL’s day-to-day financial activities e.g. submitting monthly invoices and payments to directors responsible for finance.
  6. Reporting to the quarterly meetings of the board of directors by providing an update on progress across all project activities.
  7. Overseeing and coordinating volunteers and sessional workers. Including setting and coordinating the rota ensuring weekly sessions are covered by suitable project site leaders.
  8. Leading on outreach and engagement to increase our impact
  9. Support planning plant propagation and garden activities

Person Specification

  1. As our key public facing person you will need strong social, interpersonal and mediating skills with the ability to accurately and creatively interpret the project brief; working independently with minimal direction but plenty of support.
  2. You should have experience of coordinating and leading volunteer-led community projects, including basic financial administration and site operations management.
  3. Track record of working successfully with multiple stakeholders and funding partners such as Local Government and the Lottery/other grant awarding organisations
  4. Comprehensive knowledge and practical experience of Forest Gardening and permaculture principles, including initiatives within community settings.
  5. Fundraising experience, including identifying and leading the preparation of successful applications for capital and revenue grants.
  6. Proficiency in IT and computer skills appropriate to role – preparation of text docs, spread sheets, publicity material etc.
  7. Competent user of social media to promote events, activities and enhance the project profile within its wider networks.

Project deliverables (Awards for All) and fixed term Contract brief

  1. Increase the number of days the site is open - Coordinate the delivery of the existing regular weekend (Sunday) volunteer session and initiate and coordinate the delivery of a new weekday volunteering opportunity - day TBA. This is one of ELL’s key aims for 2021.

  2. Awareness of Forest Gardening - Raising awareness and interest in this approach to gardening in the local area through events and activities drawing on existing ELL contacts and volunteers to assist.

  3. Increase accessibility - Making the site more accessible to communities that may not have had the occasion or opportunity to visit or make use of the site before. The range of current users is not as broad and representative of our local community as it should be and we want to address this.

  4. Outreach and publicity - engage and support other local organisations to utilise and so realise the potential of the site; increasing our social and economic regeneration and educational impact.

  5. Communications - The Project Coordinator will raise ELL’s profile in the local community by using a mix of traditional methods and more contemporary social media platforms: e.g. paper posters and flyers in local cafes and community spaces, using parental contacts to post messages in school Whatsapp groups and adding special event days to Haringey online platform.

Background information

Many visitors to the site comment that they didn't realise Edible Landscapes existed. By publicising the project to local groups the coordinator will bring in new partners to use the site.

We have been successful at doing this in the past, for example using our contacts at Redmond Community Centre to run workshops. The kinds of special days we have organised are:

  • Family friendly activities such as pond dipping, tree trails, clay and willow weaving
  • Plant give aways aimed at local gardening groups on Woodberry Down and Andover Estate
  • 'Green gym'-style activities with local youth groups
  • Site celebrations such as blossom day and apple day.

Application information

Please provide a CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel you’re appropriate for the role, how you meet the person specification detailed in the Job Description and why you want to provide Project Coordinator services for Edible Landscapes London CIC.

We would ask that you send two copies of your CV, one anonymised. We are asking for anonymised applications to reduce the chances that unconscious bias affects our decision-making process.

Email applications to: Sarah Bush theartisinthetea@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 8pm, Sunday 20th June

Interviews: Wed 30th June 2021

Please mention Roots to Work when applying for these jobs

About Edible Landscapes London

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES LONDON is a not-for-profit community education project. We specialise in forest gardening – a food growing design system that mimics natural ecosystems, involving a variety of perennial plants and trees. Our volunteer sessions help Londoners learn to grow more of their own food, and propagate plants to give away to local projects. We are proud to say that we developed the first ever accredited forest gardening course in the UK.