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Head of Gardens

Global Generation
Global Generation's Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, King's Cross, London N1C 4AQ

Posted: 11/07/2019

Deadline: 24/07/2019

Compensation: £30,000 - £33,000 depending on experience

Paid Part-time

Job description

We are looking for a passionate urban organic gardener to hold the vision of Global Generation’s growing, to give expert support to the rest of the gardening team, to generate income through garden commissions and to work with the rest of the Global Generation teams to ensure that growing is an integral part of children and young people’s experiences. This role will have a particular focus on our King’s Cross gardens, both current and future ones, and will involve some support to our other sites in Canada Water and Regent’s Place.

As Head of Gardens you will:

Oversee the King’s Cross gardens and support the site garden managers to ensure that the gardens are inspiring, demonstrate a variety of sustainable and organic practices around food growing and offer a mix of community and educational opportunities

Lead on large garden commissions, from liaising with the client, designing the garden, managing the build and contractors, purchasing plants and materials, developing and following the budget, follow up with invoicing and maintenance.

We have an opportunity to develop new strands of work within our gardening offer as a result of the new sites we are creating. Depending on the experience and the passion of the new Head of Gardens, these may include one or more of the following or other possibilities we have not yet explored

Skills & Experience

  • Formal horticultural training and a minimum of 5 years experience in designing, creating and managing gardens. We will consider candidates with more experience and no formal qualifications
  • Deep understanding, belief and experience in implementing the principles of organic food growing
  • Passion for creating environments that support children and young people’s development
  • Empathy with Global Generation’s ethos and interest in values based learning
  • Experience in project management - planning and running gardens, creating and managing budgets, managing materials and contractors, liaison with clients
  • Experience in managing and supporting teams of people
  • Experience in initiating, forging, maintaining and growing relationships with people and businesses across sectors
  • Experience in finding ways to bridge commercial and community opportunities
  • A love of working outdoors, passion for the natural environment and urban gardening
  • Ready to take initiative, a can-do and flexible attitude and able to deal with change
  • Great administration and organisational skills

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About Global Generation

Founded in 2004, Global Generation is an educational charity, which works together with local children and young people, businesses, residents and families in Camden, Islington and Southwark to create healthy, integrated and environmentally responsible communities. We offer practical experiences and employment pathways to young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and give them the social, emotional and practical skills to make a difference in the world. Ecology, education and enterprise are at the heart of everything we do, and we have developed a wide range of educational programmes, all of which reflect our core value of: I, We and the Planet.