Community Farm Coordinator Role Advertisement
Reporting to: Managing Director
Hourly rate: £9.50 per hour
Hours of work: 21 per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) until December 2020; from January 2021, 7 hours each week – the care farming element – is funding dependent.
Annual leave: 30 days per year pro rata
Start date: 1st October 2020
Organisation description: Formally established in 2017, Jubilee Community Benefit Society is a Christian and cooperative creation care organisation working for the benefit of both a geographical community of all backgrounds and beliefs, the town of Larne and the surrounding area of East and South Antrim, and a community of interest, the churches of Ireland. We define creation care as environmental and agricultural stewardship that incorporates flourishing and fairness, welfare and wellbeing. In seeking to implement this holistic vision, our mission is to practice and promote care farming, community-supported agriculture (CSA), and conservation education and engagement. Visit www.jubilee.coop for more information.
Project description: In operating Jubilee Farm, the first community-owned farm in Northern Ireland, we produce a range of high-quality, agroecological food that is healthy, humane, fair and sustainable, while also providing a series of care farming, and conservation education and engagement services, that inspire, inform and benefit those who take part in them.
The community farm coordinator will be responsible for: 1) coordinating the market garden, working alongside a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers, care farming clients and other stakeholders, with the produce marketed primarily through a seasonal vegbox community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme; 2) coordinating communications, including monthly email newsletters and social media accounts, and assisting with grant research and writing; 3) Until December 2020, coordinating and delivering weekly care farming sessions with care farming clients as part of Jubilee’s pilot Care Farming for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Environment (CARE) project or equivalent (continuation of this aspect of the role beyond December 2020 is subject to funding).
The community farm coordinator role will involve:
- Sourcing relevant supplies, including appropriate seeds, plants, compost, etc. and relevant machinery, equipment, polytunnels, etc.
- Coordinating vegetable production, harvest and packing for the vegbox CSA scheme.
- Directing interns, volunteers, care farming clients and other stakeholders when working in market garden.
- Leaving clear instructions for market garden operations, including for sowing, watering, weeding, picking, ploughing, etc.
- Participating in all aspects of community farm planning, including market garden, care farming, communications and fundraising, including participating in any relevant committees.
- Planning and delivering weekly care farming sessions with care farming clients, comprising mostly market garden tasks, but also including maintenance, livestock and other farm tasks as required.
- Coordinating organisational communications, primarily writing monthly email newsletters and operating social media accounts.
- Assisting with grant research and writing.
- Contributing to the overall organisational effectiveness and to perform any other duties as deemed appropriate by the Managing Director.
- Qualification in horticulture, organic gardening or equivalent.
- Experience of working in a market garden.
- Experience of delivering care farming sessions.
- Experience of operating social media accounts.
- Willingness to work within Jubilee’s Christian ethos.
- Experience of working with volunteers and interns.
- A motivated, flexible and innovative approach to work, able to work independently and as part of a team.
- Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in horticulture, organic gardening or equivalent.
- Experience of managing volunteers and interns.
- Experience of contributing to or delivering horticultural education programmes.
Please send a 2 page CV as well as a covering email detailing how you meet the requirements of the farm coordinator role and why you are interested in the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Thursday 24th September 2020.
For more information contact Dr Jonny Hanson via email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunities employer