Salary: £16,144.44 pro rata (£26,907.40 per annum)

The position is 3 days per week. You will work Wednesdays and Fridays at the Garden in Hainault, and one flexible office day from our office in Ilford.

The contract is for a permanent post, subject to funding. There will be a six month probation period. This post is entitled to 25 days annual leave pro rata, with an additional day for every year employed up to a maximum of 30 days per year.

about the role

The Ecotherapy Worker role is an opportunity to be at the cutting edge of a mental health project that uses nature-based interventions to improve mental, social and physical wellbeing. The selected candidate will be able to build on the foundations of our successful Ecotherapy Programme and take it to the next level.

The Ecotherapy Worker will be responsible for supporting people with mental health needs, as well as adults with learning disabilities, to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing, and other activities in nature to support their recovery. 

The Ecotherapy Worker will work closely with the Head Gardener and Project Manager in overseeing activities in the garden, including planning tasks and running twice-weekly ecotherapy sessions, with a particular emphasis on creating a healing and welcoming place for all. You will manage the referral process including liaising with local organisations in the public and voluntary sector to attract new service users each year.

You will co-ordinate our team of buddy volunteers who provide one to one support and befriending to service users in the garden. Your role will include recruiting, training and supporting new buddy volunteers each year. The role also includes contributing to our funders monitoring and evaluation requirements to track success in improving the mental health and wellbeing of our service users.

We particularly welcome candidates with an interest in and experience of food growing, ecotherapy or social and therapeutic horticulture, and permaculture.

Please download the full job description and person specification here.

Application Details

Please include the following with your application for the position of Ecotherapy Worker at Forest Farm Peace Garden:

  1. A cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience, with examples, of how you meet the requirements for the role and person specification. We cannot give you credit for assumed of implied skills, so please be specific. Please keep to a maximum 2 sides of A4.

  2. A completed Application Form which includes personal details and references.

  3. Your detailed and up-to-date CV.

  4. An equal opportunities monitoring form, which will be kept separate from your application.

Download Application Form

Download Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please send all four documents as .doc or .pdf files via email by 5pm on Wednesday 12 June 2019 to: (incomplete applications will be discarded.

We aim to contact candidates who are selected for interview by Tuesday 18 June and interviews will be held on Monday 24 June.

Unfortunately, we can only offer the position to individuals who have a right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions about this position or the application process, please contact Kate (Project Manager) on: 07525 131996 /