Part-time Community Farm Education Officer - Whitmuir Community Farm
15 July 2013
Whitmuir Community Farm is a community benefit society aiming to buy and develop the existing 130 acre organic farm at Lamancha as a living learning space on sustainable food and farming. The society is currently raising the funds to secure the land through a community share issue. We are delighted to have received funding from Awards for All Scotland to appoint a Community Farm Education Officer for one year. The award requires us to design a programme of at least 10 educational events from August 2013 through to June 2014. The events should highlight the wide range of educational opportunities available on the farm. In designing the programme, recruiting participants and delivering the events, the Community Farm Education Officer will be marketing the work of the community farm and encouraging community ownership and engagement.
The appointment will be made on the basis of a self-employed contract. Given the nature of the work, we would agree a distribution of hours to match the demands of the post. but you should assume that a significant amount of the work will be undertaken between August and December 2013. Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
1 year post 250 hours. £12 per hour. Total fee of £3,000
Your application should include your CV and highlight your skills and experience in relation to each of the key tasks as detailed below.
Closing date for application – Monday 29 July 2013, 5pm
(Please note that we are also advertising a separate post of Volunteer Development Manager. It may be possible to combine the posts; please indicate if you would like to pursue this option)
Interviews scheduled for Thursday 1 August 2013
1. Design a one year programme of educational events
a. Fully familiarise yourself with the aims of the community farm and identify key activities which would best illustrate its educational potential as a living learning space
b. Develop a one year programme of events, identifying the best trainers and facilitators for each area of activity and fully costing the programme delivery costs
c. Ensure that each event is as accessible as practically possible
d. Ensure that any materials and equipment required are obtained within budget
e. Agree a fee structure for the courses, taking into account disadvantage and possible support/ travel costs
f. Submit and agree the programme with the Steering Group
Proposed time for production – over months 1 and 2
2. Market the educational programme
a. Produce a recruitment leaflet outlining the whole programme of activity, with booking forms
b. Design a recruitment campaign, developing networks and making alliances with agencies who might want to work collaboratively with the community farm over the long term
c. Undertake the recruitment campaign, disseminating the leaflet on line, on paper and in person through talks and presentations
d. Monitor recruitment and take all necessary steps to remedy any failures to recruit.
Proposed time for development – primarily first 4 months, but then ongoing
3. Programme delivery and administration
a. Schedule the course dates, manage the course timetable and delivery through the recruitment of course presenters.
b. Ensure that all aspects of programme delivery are addressed professionally – this will involve maintaining and managing all enquires using the database; ensuring that bookings are confirmed and payment made; managing all the trainers and facilitators.
c. Recruit participants – we are aiming for a minimum of 10
participants for each event. You will liaise with the course trainers on bookings and agree with the designated member of the Steering Group when events have to postponed, repeated or cancelled. You will undertake additional marketing as required to ensure full recruitment for all educational events
d. Co-‐ordinate all aspects of participant support.
e. Ensure full evaluation of each educational event so that all necessary steps can be taken to improve educational activities
Proposed time – throughout duration of contract
a. Report to the designated member of the Steering Group on a day to day basis
b. Submit materials and a written progress report to the Steering Group on a monthly basis
c. Report to Awards for All on the progress of the work.
d. Manage the project budget
A timetable for the programme will be agreed with you and monitored.
Ability to communicate clearly both in person and in writing Knowledge of organic farming and food production
Commitment to the aims of Whitmuir Community Farm and the development of a living learning space
Experience of course design and delivery Computer literacy – i.e. familiar with using Excel, Word, FileMaker Pro or equivalent
Have appropriate disclosure accreditation
Be able to get here using own transport (there is no public transport)
Ability to create good working relationships with a range of agencies active in the environmental and sustainable food and farming field Budget management and grant reporting
Place of work – Although some work from home may be possible, it is hoped that the applicant will work on the farm and also travel to make presentations and give talks.
Travel expenses for presentations and talks will be reimbursed.
Whitmuir Community Farm: Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha, West Linton, EH46 7BB
Contact details – Heather Anderson
Tel: 01968 661 029