Salary: £15,720 pro rata (£26,200 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 (on a Monday or Tuesday preferably).
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 position 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 role of the Ecotherapy Worker will be to take the lead responsibility 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 and developing a healing and welcoming place for all. You will manage the referral process including developing partnerships and liaising with local organisations in the public and third sector to attract new service users each year.
You will also co-ordinate our team of buddy volunteers who provide one to one support to referred clients in the garden. Your role will include recruiting, training and supporting new buddy volunteers each year. The role also includes fulfilling our funders monitoring and evaluation requirements, and tracking our success in improving mental health and wellbeing of our service users.
We particularly welcome candidates with an interest in and experience of food growing, social and therapeutic horticulture and permaculture.
Please download the full job description and person specification here.
Please include the following with your application for the position of Ecotherapy Worker at Forest Farm Peace Garden:
- 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.
- A completed Application Form which includes personal details and references.
- Your detailed and up-to-date CV.
- An equal opportunities monitoring form, which will be kept separate from your application.
Download Application Form
Download Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
All four documents must be submitted as .doc or .pdf files via email by 5pm on Friday 21st September 2018. Incomplete applications will be discarded. Please email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to contact candidates who are selected for interview by Tuesday 25th September and interviews will be held on Monday 1st October 2018.
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, the Project Manager, at: 07525 131996 / email@example.com