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
- 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.
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.
Fixed 1 year post
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post will be subject to PVG membership.
Belville Community Garden Trust is a registered Scottish Charity SC045148.