Community Farm Coordinator Advert

Community Farm Coordinator Advert


Jubilee Farm, 50 Glenburn road, Glynn, Larne, Northern Ireland, BT40  3JY

Reporting to: Managing Director
Hourly rate: £10.12 – £11.72 per hour
Hours of work: 22 per week (7 hours are subject to renewed project funding from 2022)
Annual leave: 30 days per year pro rata
Start date: September 2021
Application deadline: 2nd August
Interview date: 10th August

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.

Role overview

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) 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 2021 is subject to renewed funding).

4) coordinating and delivering monthly volunteer days on the afternoon of the 4th Saturday of each month, except December

Role description

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 and delivering monthly volunteer days on the afternoon of the 4th Saturday of each month, except December.
  • Coordinating organisational communications, primarily preparing 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.

Essential criteria:

  • Qualification in horticulture, organic agriculture or equivalent, or willingness to work towards one.
  • Experience of working in a market garden.
  • Experience of delivering care farming sessions or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with challenging behaviour.

Desirable criteria:

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in horticulture, organic agriculture or equivalent.
  • Experience of managing volunteers and interns.
  • Experience of working with adults with learning difficulties.
  • Experience of contributing to or delivering horticultural education programmes.
  • Experience of grant research and writing.

Application

Please send a 2 page CV as well as a covering email detailing how you meet the requirements of the role and why you are interested in the role to mail@jubilee.coop by 5pm on Monday 2nd August 2021.

For more information contact Dr Jonny Hanson via mail@jubilee.coop

We are an equal opportunities employer

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