Lanark Community Development Trust is an independent Scottish charity which develops and delivers community projects with a social, environmental or economical impact in the town of Lanark. One of the Development Trust’s core projects is the management and development of Castlebank Horticultural Centre. This purpose-built facility is located in the historic grounds of Castlebank Park and provides a community growing space with associated training and learning facilities. Phase 1 of the centre, the community growing area has been operational since 2015 and Phase 2, the Community Learning Hub opened in November 2018. Through these facilities, we have already engaged with a moderate number of community groups, schools and volunteers and we now wish to fully utilise, and build upon, the learnings of these activities by employing a full-time Educational Gardener to inspire and engage the local community to make the best use of the centre to improve their lives through a defined programme of new learning and community engagement activities.
About the role
Education is a key project aim and the Educational Gardener will provide a wide range of horticultural, educational, training and volunteering opportunities for local people of all ages and backgrounds including: long-term unemployed young people, individuals returning to work, young people in formal education, children & adults with additional support needs and older residents living in social isolation. Your role will promote life-long learning through providing educational aids, activities, displays and teaching both informally and formally through providing structured demonstrations and classes to community and school groups in good horticultural practice including, but not limited to: organic growing, bee keeping, orchard management, recycling, composting, propagation, horticultural maintenance and vegetable / fruit production and developing a commercial client base.
You’ll have a strong passion for horticulture and inspiring others to learn more about, and engage with, the natural world around them. You will have excellent communication skills and have experience of working collaboratively with a range of partners and stakeholders to deliver joint activity. You will have strong organisational skills and be able to plan, coordinate and deliver a range of activities tailored to a wide range of diverse audiences. You will have experience of working with volunteers and will be able to develop and grow our volunteering capacity and opportunities. You will work closely with the Admin Manager to ensure the local community are aware and engaged with the programme of activities being offered at the Horticultural Centre through regular communication and marketing materials.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Delivery, Resources and Activities
Promotion and Reporting
Please note that any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland [Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007] Scheme approval or Scheme update.
APPLICATIONS: Closing Date 31.01.2022
Interviews will be held week commencing 31st January 2022
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