Climate Challenge Research Officer

Job Title: Climate Challenge Research Officer

Job Role : Develop Community Hydroponics Food Growing Across Inverclyde

Responsibilities and key tasks:

  • Procurement of hydroponics materials.
  • Coordinate construction of education sites.
  • Coordinate client education across sites.
  • Provide health and safety risk assessments for volunteers.
  • To organise the site for hydroponics food growing.
    • Oversee the site and infrastructure development in accordance with the need to convert the hydroponics herbs, vegetables, and fruit production.
    • Set up wormeries to enhance composting and heat within greenhouses.
  • Developing plant production, nursery plant supply and planting plans for the community food gardens, and managing the planning, production, storage and distribution of fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on site.
  • Set up and run a feasibility study for longer term hydroponics growing in Inverclyde
  • Contribute to the developing community vegetable box scheme across Inverclyde
  • To work with the management to ensure that outcomes required by the Project Grant Agreement with CCF are delivered.
  • To assist in collection of food waste for composting and coordination of upscaled composting techniques at Parklea.
  • To liaise with the manager and assist with managing the infrastructure, refurbishment, repair and upkeep of hydroponic growing areas.
  • To provide day to day supervision and direct the activities of hydroponics/horticultural staff and volunteers who will work closely with the grower on the hydroponics community growing space.
  • Provide information, advice, signposting and practical support to community growing groups, on ‐ site and at partner organisation events in relation to Hydroponics.
  • Facilitate visits from community groups and partners in order to cascade information, to showcase good practice and share skills in relation to aquaponics.
  • Monitor pump systems, check and maintain biological and water filters and check pH levels of the water on a daily basis.
  • Research options to reduce running costs of the Hydroponics growing space in conjunction with the feasibility project
  • Promote ideas and examples of good practice in community Hydroponics growing through information resources and at events, conferences, meetings and presentations.
  • Facilitate visits from community groups and partners in order to cascade information, to showcase good practice and share skills.
  • Prepare regular progress reports for your line manager.
  • To assist during open days and events on site.
  • Any other activity required to support Hydroponics food production in their work.
  • Write progress reports required for CCF project

Person Specification


  • Will adhere to Belville Community Garden, Parklea Branching Out and Reach for Autisms policies.
  • Ability to work with Belville Community Garden to implement plans for converting the sites to hydroponic vegetable production.
  • Ability to work independently using your own initiative, as a competent and effective team leader.
  • Committed and proactive approach to personal development, motivated to learn new skills and seek new challenges, and to motivate others to do the same.
  • Demonstrable time management.
  • Experience of and a detailed knowledge of herb, fruit and vegetable food growing.
  • Ability to supervise and explain tasks to staff and volunteers.
  • Desire to grow food for a living and the ability to inspire and train others to do so.
  • Excellent communication skills – you’ll have experience of dealing with a wide range of people.
  • You are energetic with stamina, willing and able to do physical, outdoor work in all weathers.
  • Full driving license and willingness to transport tools and produce by van essential.
  • Ability to carry out shared tasks and work within a team.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritise tasks and work to deadlines.
  • Practical horticultural maintenance skills.


  • Valid First Aid Certificate.
  • Experience of working a range of people with learning difficulties/and or disability.

Key Expectations:

The expectations of every employee that we regard as essential include:

  • A positive and passionate work attitude.
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work.
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes.
  • Take responsibility for your own safety and ensure that colleagues and visitors are not exposed to danger.
  • Abide by Belville Community Garden policies and endeavour to follow good working practice at all times.
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member.
  • An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • A commitment and contribution to improving Belville Community Garden and partners environmental performance.
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges This job description should be seen as enabling rather than restrictive, and will be subject to regular review.
  • Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested by your manager including completing appropriate training.

Further information:

Fixed 1 year post

Salary: £20,000

Hours: 35

Holiday: 25 + Public Hols

Location: Based at Parklea Branching Out and other sites across Inverclyde

Occasional unsocial hours and weekend work will be required.

Further information can be obtained by contacting

This post will be subject to PVG membership.

Belville Community Garden Trust is a registered Scottish Charity SC045148.