Community Outreach Gardener

Sustaining Dunbar is the community development trust for the Dunbar and East Linton ward in East Lothian. We work closely with community groups and stakeholders to help the area to be home to thriving people, where nature flourishes on the land and in the sea, where we live, work and learn in ways that respect the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

We are looking for the right person to take a lead on gardening projects across the community.

This is a self employed role, with flexible hours for up to 17 hours per week, ideally from early April for 6 months initially with an extension subject to funding. The post will be based at Belhaven Community Garden, with outreach projects located at various places around Dunbar, including Dunbar Primary School and Belhaven Brewery. The rate will be £20 per hour.

You will coordinate your work with:

  • Naomi Barnes, Local Good Food Alliance coordinator, who is supporting the development and implementation of the local good food action plan.
  • Belhaven Community Garden Steering Group
  • Primary School staff – location of one outreach project
  • Manager of Belhaven Brewery – location of another outreach project

The Role

This is a role that will give you the opportunity to work in collaboration with different organisations in the community to design new gardens, teach children and adults new skills and create new gardening spaces. You will divide your time each week across 3 new projects with potential to develop new projects in future. You will be growing organic food and growing for increased biodiversity.

Duties will include planning & designing garden spaces, teaching others about soil and plants, recruiting & organising volunteers to assist you and running working parties with volunteers. There will also be physical work, digging, planting, propagating, weeding, composting, as well as tool care.

Experience and attributes

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an experienced organic horticulturalist who has excellent communication skills.

And will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of working with volunteers, and willingness to work with primary children.
  • Ability to share enthusiasm, passion and the skills for growing food & plants organically.
  • Ability to effectively organise their own time and reliably deliver their plans.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with people from all walks of life.
  • Experience of organising group workshops, either online or face to face.
  • Ability to report back on activities and outcomes to the community, other groups and key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have to go through Disclosure Scotland’s PVG check (which Sustaining Dunbar will fund).

To apply

To apply, please email your CV along with a covering letter setting out clearly how your skills and experience will enable you to do a great job. Please also indicate when you would be available to start.

Send your email to Naomi Barnes, Local Good Food Alliance Coordinator, by Sunday 4th April. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6th April.

Local Good Food Alliance