The Green Backyard is Recruiting!

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We are seeking two team members who:

  • Share a passion for community development and sustainable food systems
  • Want to work in a small team according with cooperative values
  • Enjoy both practical, outdoor work and strategic thinking and planning

We are looking for people who can work flexibly as part of a small team, helping our small charity grow and develop. The roles will be varied, requiring plenty of your own initiative, great communication skills and a mix of both desk-based and on-site work.

We’re looking for people we can work with to match our needs with their skills. The tasks and responsibilities that currently need filling – and the skills and qualities we are seeking – are set out below. You need to be able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team, and be keen to progress to full participation in the running of The Green Backyard, including contribution to its strategic development.

At this time we are particularly looking for two people with skills in operational management, fundraising, administration and finance who can work together to deliver strategic development and operational support. You will work closely with the on-site team, the board of trustees and other volunteers to shape the project as it grows, both in terms of on-site developments, strategic planning and participatory decision making.

You will be joining our charity at an exciting time. After years of being threatened with re-development, in January 2017it was finally announced that our 2.3 acre site has been secured and we are in the final stages of negotiating a long-term lease with the local authority. Our priority is now to build on this hard-won success by creating a sustainableenterprise with equity and environmental care at its core. If you want to join us on this journey, and you feel you are a good fit for the skills and qualities we’ve described below, then this could be the role for you.

The Detail

Each role is for 21 hours per week, the starting salary is £18,200 pro rata, with statutory sick and holiday allowances. Each role is initially a 1 year contract subject to a 3 month probation period. These roles require an enhanced DBS check.

The roles will be based at The Green Backyard community garden with use of an off-site office space available, and will require flexible working hours including some evening and weekend work. Regular home working is not suitable for these roles. The Green Backyard’s current opening times are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm and it is expected that some of the working hours for these roles will be during these times.

A driving licence is desirable but not essential.

How to Apply

Please read the role description and person specification carefully and send a covering letter clearly stating which areas of the person specification below you feel you meet and why you wish to apply for the role, along with a CV detailing your work and training history to

The deadline for applications is midday Monday July 24th. Interviews will take place on Monday July 31st, start date will be agreed on appointment, but will be ASAP after interviews. Please let us know on application if you have any special requirements to attend interview.

You can download the role description and person specification by clicking here


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