Community Farm Assistant

Community Farm Assistant

Reporting to: Managing Director

Hourly rate: £9.41 23 and over; £8.86 21-22; £7.06 18-20

Hours of work: 25 per week Monday to Thursday

Annual leave: 15 days

Start and end date: October 2021 – March 2022 (6 months)

Application deadline: ASAP

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 assistant will be responsible for assisting with a wide range of community farm activities, as well as contributing to the development of a significant fundraising project.

Role description

The Community Farm Assistant will assist the Market Garden Coordinator, the Maintenance Manager, the Managing Director and others with:

• Livestock production, including feeding, watering, mucking out, etc.

• Horticultural production, including planting, watering, harvesting, etc.

• Site maintenance, including grounds maintenance, repairs, fencing, etc.

• Care/social farming service delivery with a range of service user groups, including refugees/asylum seekers, and adults with learning difficulties.

• Communications and fundraising activities, including the development of a significant fundraising project

• Contributing to the overall organisational effectiveness and to perform any other duties as deemed appropriate by the Managing Director

Essential criteria:

  • 2 A Levels grades A to C.
  • Experience of working outdoors and/or in a physically-demanding role.
  • Willingness to work within Jubilee’s Christian ethos.
  • A motivated, flexible and innovative approach to work, able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • 18-24
  • Eligible for and registered with JobStart scheme via local Jobs and Benefit office

Desirable criteria:

  • Qualification in horticulture, agriculture or equivalent
  • Experience of agricultural or horticultural work
  • Experience of working with volunteers or adults with learning difficulties.
  • Experience of fundraising or communications activities.

Application

Please contact your local Jobs and Benefits Office to ensure you are eligible and registered to apply for this role. They will supply further application details. We cannot accept applications that have not been approved by your local Jobs and Benefits Office.

This position is funded through the Department of Communities JobStart Scheme. We are an equal opportunities employer.

The successful candidate will need to undergo an Access NI check due to our work with vulnerable adults.

Unsuccessful candidates may wish to consider our 2nd Community Farm Assistant position from March – September 2022, which will be advertised in due course.

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