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

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

  • 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 belvillecommunitygarden@btinternet.com.

This post will be subject to PVG membership.

Belville Community Garden Trust is a registered Scottish Charity SC045148.