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Horticultural Support Worker - St Werburghs City Farm

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Hours of work: Part-time at 22.5 hours per week over Monday Tuesday and Wednesday which may include some hours before 9am and after 5.30pm and occasional weekend work.

Salary: Starting salary £18,933 pro rata (£9.71 per hr), paid monthly, pro rata, per annum.

Deadline: 12PM (noon), July 21st, 2021

Location: This role is based at St Werburghs City Farm.

Contract Type: Permanent (subject to funding).

References: All appointments will be confirmed only upon receipt of satisfactory references.

You will need to have a DBS for this role, or have one completed at the Farm.

The Horticultural Support Worker will be responsible for assisting Farm horticultural staff in delivering and supporting the project’s Horticultural Green Care and Training programme for adults with learning difficulties, mental health concerns and physical disabilities.


  • Supporting the Horticultural Officer in planning and implementing the plant propagation, planting and maintenance programmes for the community garden, farm borders and beds and greenhouses, using organic gardening techniques.

  • Support practical activities in the Horticultural Unit for groups of adults with special needs, under the direction of the Horticultural Officer or other designated person.

  • Working with individuals or small groups, support clients as required, enabling them to achieve stated goals and to reach their full potential in a supportive environment.

  • To assist in the day to day running of the Project alongside other staff e.g. setting up activities, general housekeeping duties.

  • To undertake basic administration duties including ensuring that clients sign in, and keeping and maintaining appropriate client records after each session, carrying out regular 1 -1 reviews with service users.

  • Responsible for ensuring the safety of yourself, and others in the daily work of the unit, working in accordance with departmental risk assessments and health and safety policies.

  • Attend team, and other staff meetings as required.

  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the post, including occasional work at weekends and evenings to support Farm events


  • Demonstrable and successful experience of working with adults with additional support needs in an outdoor setting.

  • Knowledge of organic horticulture.

  • A good understanding of Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

  • A proven ability to work flexibly and as part of a team.

  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate in a calm non-confrontational way.

  • Working knowledge of health and safety principles

Your Approach:

  • Commitment to learning new skills.

  • Reflective of your work and a willingness to learn and adapt.

  • Reliable, pro-active, and self-motivated and ability to think creatively.

  • Commitment to inclusion, equality, diversity, and accessibility

What you will love about working here:

  • Working in a supportive environment which values your diversity and talent

  • Access to training opportunities and reflective practice

  • Being part of a team that strives for greater inclusion and equity

  • Flexibility for those with families and other commitments

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 25 days and bank holiday pro rata

  • Participation in the NEST pension scheme

  • Access to the cycle-to-work scheme