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Site Manager

Stepney City Farm
Stepney City Farm E13DG

Posted: 17/09/2019

Deadline: 01/11/2019

Compensation: £30,000 gross per annum

Paid Full-time Flexible hours Fixed term / contract

Job description

About the Farm

Stepney City Farm is a three-acre working farm and registered charity, a unique educational resource, and a rural oasis in the heart of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Farm is free and open to visit, 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year. 

We provide first-rate facilities for livestock and poultry (including sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, rabbits, chickens and ducks), studio spaces for rural artists, an extensive food-growing programme, and a weekly Farmer's Market. The Farm provides opportunities for children and adults to interact with farm animals in nature and practice arts and crafts such as pottery and woodwork. It connects visitors with food production, horticulture and natural resources through practical workshops and educational courses, volunteering opportunities, and the provision of 78 allotments.

The Farm advances wellbeing and inclusion in our wider communities by addressing issues of mental and physical health through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity through volunteering, green care and animal care sessions, the provision of green space and recreation, and animal-assisted wellbeing sessions for seniors.

Role overview

The Site Manager is a new role to increase capacity in line with our upcoming site expansion. They will be responsible for all operational aspects of running our open public site, including health and safety, maintenance, facilities, security, and planning and managing small scale building and improvement projects in collaboration with staff and volunteers. The role will oversee development of the site as a whole, making continuous improvements to better facilitate our visitors, programmes, and activities.

Once established in the role, the post holder will take on line management of staff responsible agricultural site activities, so some knowledge of animal care and / or food growing would be advantageous, but is not essential.

The site is currently 3 acres, increasing to 4.5 acres with the reinstatement of an adjoining section of land in 2019. Our current facilities include an office and volunteer room, Café, resident artist studios, public toilets, a barn and animal housing, bespoke Classroom, site-wide hand washing stations, and site-wide irrigation and animal drinking cisterns.

The successful candidate will be working 5 days per week, generally including Saturday and Sunday (to increase staffing capacity and management oversight on the busiest days of the week), and on Mondays (when the site is closed to the public and larger essential works can be carried out). A degree of flexibility in this schedule is available to allow for weekends off as required.

A commitment to environmental sustainability is essential, along with extensive training and experience in health and safety, and basic plumbing, electrical safety, and building skills. You will also have meticulous attention to detail and high aesthetic standards, a willingness to interact with the public, and the demonstrable ability to plan and deliver small projects, work under your own initiative, and implement systems and processes.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the future of a unique and much-loved community site, and to join a friendly and inclusive team.

Contract: full time, 1 year fixed term, extendable subject to future funding conditions

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About Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm is a three acre working farm; a rural oasis, in the heart of Tower Hamlets. We are an educational charity aiming to improve lives through farming; we provide a welcoming place to bring together our diverse community, and cultivate wellbeing through high-welfare, environmentally-sustainable farming practices.