AberGreen Community Gardens Project Coordinator

AberGreen Community Gardens Project Co-ordinator
Location: Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA)
Salary: £18, 412 salary (pro rata), discounted membership to Aberdeen Sports Village
Hours: 12.25 hours per week. Please note that due to the availability of the community, working hours will need to be flexible with regular workshops and training events taking place on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Contract: Fixed-term, part-time position, based on the University campus until March 2020.

AUSA is seeking a Project Coordinator for its AberGreen project, a two-year sustainability community education and engagement project funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. AberGreen will expand and build on the capacity of student-led initiatives on campus to reduce carbon emissions, embed a sustainable legacy, and to improve climate literacy. It is expected that 251.6 tonnes of carbon each year will be saved through the two-year project. To find out more about the project, please visit: https://www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/abergreen/.

Job summary:

The AberGreen Community Gardens Project Coordinator will be part of a team of three coordinators responsible to the AberGreen Project Manager. This position will be responsible for the Community Garden Project strand and volunteers, and will work with the relevant student committees to deliver the project strand objectives and meet targets. They will have responsibility for:

* Delivery of all project stand activities

* Building relationship with strand leads and relevant student committees, AUSA staff and University staff.

* Implementation of a volunteer recruitment, training and retention plan

* Supporting partnership arrangements in place to assist project activities

* Supporting community engagement with project activities

* Delivery of project strand to budget

* Compliance to systems, policies and procedures to support long term sustainability

* Ensuring all project activities meet H&S and legal requirements

* Providing support and direction to sessional personnel

* Providing Project Manager with all relevant information and statistics on performance to objectives and targets, submit regular reports

* General planning, development and of maintenance of gardens’ planting schedule and permaculture design including planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, recording data.

* Using recycled materials where possible, source and craft the necessary infrastructure to put plans into place in the Secret Garden’s allocated spaces. Including, necessary equipment, seeds, plants, planters, raise beds etc.

* Planting out and maintaining seasonal produce throughout the year

* Organising gardening skills workshops and social events including harvest parties

* Assist with minor DIY jobs and upkeep of the community shed as and when needed

* Perform special projects and other responsibilities as assigned

Skills, knowledge and abilities:

We require an enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated individual with solid experience in gardening, coordinating community projects and with a commitment to deliver excellent sustainable services for our students

* Educated to a good standard with significant related experience in gardening and project coordination

* Garden maintenance experience and good plant knowledge is essential

* Knowledge of botany and horticulture and/or permaculture essential

* Organised and reliable, and able to use own initiative

* Capable of working alone and as part of a team

* Experience in the field of carbon reduction and sustainability projects is desirable

* Basic IT skills for editing documents and spread sheets is essential

* Experience in budget management and report writing desirable

* First aid qualification desirable

* Ability to ride a bicycle with trailer

* Clean UK driving licence

* Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills and ability to deliver through others.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Ability to manage own time and the time of others effectively

* Experience in delivering to timelines

To apply: If you think you are the person we’re looking for, please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the position to lili.nagy1@abdn.ac.uk  Please note, that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Closing date: 9.00am, 14th December 2018.

Interviews expected to take place: 18th or 19th December 2018.