Art Gene, Bath Street, Barrow-in-Furness,
Cumbria, LA14 5TY England, UK
Art Gene is recruiting at Allotment Soup – the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space
If you’re interested in nurturing plants and people, this role could be for you. We’re seeking a part-time, experienced Community Gardener for a February 2024 start. The postholder will help us bring in a large organic crop and lead community engagement sessions on food growing and planting for nature. All details, and how to apply are provided below.
We are seeking an engaging individual with an enthusiasm for organic growing and nature, a strong knowledge of plants, and an ability to share this interest in a proactive way with the Allotment Soup community.
Salary: £19,557pa for 4 days or 30 hours per week.
We can be flexible and will consider applications from skilled people interested in working fewer hours per week.
Terms: one-year, part-time, fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension (subject to funding). Friday working essential. Occasional weekend working required.
Benefits: 17 days annual leave plus pro rata bank holidays; 3% employer pension contribution.
Place of work: Allotment Soup community growing space on Mill Lane, Walney Island. Some very occasional office work required based at Art Gene’s offices: Bath Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5TY.
Art Gene is an arts charity based in Barrow-in-Furness. We work with communities, developing projects around the social, natural and built environment. Art Gene established ‘Allotment Soup – the Isle of Walney community growing space’ in 2015/16 and it continues to develop year on year. We are focused on growing a community, as well as food and biodiversity.
On the off-grid 0.65-hectare site, you will find: community-managed and Art Gene-run growing plots; a large pond; hot composting; wormeries, a small orchard; new hedges and areas supporting wildflowers. With the help of volunteers, we have created a stock of tools and erected two industrial polytunnels.
These sheltered spaces are the venue for our engagement work with schools and other community groups, and are used for potting up, growing-on and much tea drinking. The organic food we grow across the site is cooked by volunteers and served free at events and shared with Allotment Soup volunteers.
In the coming year, we hope to extend the site, for example, to do more community tree planting, and there is the opportunity for the postholder to support this work, helping to protect more green space on Walney.
Objectives of the role:
Skills and Qualifications
Art Gene will undertake a DBS check ahead of you working with members of the public.
Application and key dates
Please send a letter expressing your interest and suitability to take on this role, or a video of up to 8 minutes in length, alongside a full C.V. In your letter or video please address how your experience matches the Person Specification in this job description and what qualifies you to take on the responsibilities that are set out. If you are wish to offer fewer than 30 hours a week, please set out your preferences.
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, 11 January 2024. Please include the names of two referees, including phone numbers (not relatives). Please complete an Equal Opportunities form here.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in person or on Zoom within 10 days of the deadline. Interviews are likely to take place on or before 19 January 2024. Ideally, we should like the successful candidate to start in February 2024.
In the event you are shortlisted for interview, please let us know in your application or in a separate email if we can offer any reasonable adjustments to help you access the interview and the role.
Cumbria, LA14 5TY England, UK
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