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Main Purpose of the Job
The main purpose of the post of Volunteer Coordinator is to deliver a programme of work that engages, supports and retains volunteers primarily as part of the field operation, and also for engagement in other aspects of the life of The Farm. The post involves outreach work within the Chew Valley, Bath and Bristol as well as work on the farm. The post holder will provide labour on the field as required and as necessary. All activities will be delivered on time and within budget.
Position in the Community Farm
Reports to: The Communities and Partnerships Manager
Main relationships: liaise with key staff especially the Community Famer, the Head Grower and the Seasonal Workers.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Lead weekday volunteers on a daily basis on activities involved, primarily but not solely, with the field operation.
• Lead charity sector and corporate groups to complete horticultural tasks on the field.
• Work with the Community Farmer and Communities Manager to develop the volunteer programme to meet the needs of the volunteers.
• With the Communities and Partnerships Manager, Head Grower, and the Community Farmer, to jointly plan the programme of work and activities for volunteers and visiting groups.
• Work with the Communities and Partnership Manager, field team and volunteers to deliver wildlife and conservation work, as part of our nature-friendly farming approach.
• Liaise with the Communities and Partnerships Manager and Marketing team to ensure promotion of volunteering and other Get on Our Land (GOL) opportunities and activities.
• Support the Communities and Partnership Manager to complete tasks related to the development of the learning area/community garden.
• Support the Communities and Partnerships Manager to support partner organisations and deliver projects related to the Communities Programme (GOL).
• Help manage, coordinate and set-up events where necessary.
• Manage the intake, responses and induction of new volunteers.
• Use a database to monitor visitor and volunteer attendance, helping with the recording and storage of essential volunteer information and next of kin details
• Help gather information for annual reporting and grant reporting
• Ensure that systems for induction, health and safety advice, guidance, supervision, and integration for the volunteers within the field operation, are followed to a high standard.
• Regularly communicate with volunteers using a variety of communication platforms to ensure that they stay engaged, are kept informed of the work programme, and so that the weekly attendances are known in advance and the work planned accordingly.
• Help facilitate an environment of learning, foster positive group dynamics and work to meet individual needs and motivations of people visiting or volunteering at The Farm.
• Ensure that the volunteer workforce feel welcomed by all members of the wider team on the farm and supported in their role.
• Play a role in advocating The Community Farm purpose and values, and in enabling volunteers to learn about the wider role of the farm as part of a global movement aiming to achieve resilient food systems
• Liaise with the Communities and Partnerships Manager to resolve any issues that might arise;
• Ensure the site is kept safe and tidy for volunteers and visitors.
• Take a proactive approach to all health and safety matters to meet policy and legal requirements.
• Ensure that Environmental Health and Food Hygiene regulations are complied with.
• Assist with meeting all Soil Association inspection requirements, helping to ensure all records and paperwork are kept up to date.
• Be an enthusiastic and committed ambassador for The Community Farm and its key objectives as a social enterprise of environmental sustainability and community engagement.
• Be prepared to cover other aspect of operations in the event of sickness or holidays.
• Develop clear and open methods of communication with other staff of The Community Farm.
• Work independently as appropriate showing initiative and actively foster a ‘can do’ culture which will guarantee the success of the project.
• Undertake additional duties commensurate with the post as may reasonably be requested from time to time with occasional evening and weekend working.
• Take responsibility for managing own personal resilience and help others to do the same
• Ensure activities meet with and integrate with The Community Farm’s requirements for quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, environmental policies and general duty of care.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is a fixed term contract for two years made possible through a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The starting salary is £18,387 (pro rata), and 0.6 FTE (days of work are likely to be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).
All reasonable expenses will be covered.
Evening and weekend working will be required as per the requirements of the growing and volunteer operation.
Annual Leave allowance is as set out in the Community Farm Employment Policy.
A clean driving license is required along with own transport.
An enhanced DBS CRB check will be required for the successful applicant