Garden Workshop Coordinator

Location UK / Newry

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1437824

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Garden Workshop Coordinator based in Newry.

Accountable to: Camphill Community Mourne Grange

Salary/Hourly Rate: Negotiable according to experiences

Hours of Work: We are open to terms & conditions which may be employed or life-sharing.

Length of Contract: Permanent

Purpose of the Job: 

We are open to applications for a biodynamic/organic trained and/or experienced gardener to guide and manage our therapeutic garden at Mourne Grange. Skills and experience related to working with adults with learning disabilities will be necessary. You will have primary responsibility for the day-to-day development, planning and management of the garden workshop and oversee the supervision of Mourne Grange residents who will work in the garden as a part of their day activity.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility for the Garden workshop coordinator will be to oversee and support the group of residents to engage in the process of gardening and food production. As the garden develops the grower will be responsible for developing daily work plans which integrates appropriate work for the residents. 

The food production garden will run to the organic and biodynamic standards set out by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA) and Demeter International. There will be scope in this role to further develop the garden workshop for the benefit of the residents.

The successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic and very highly motivated with excellent communication and people management skills.  This role will require a very hands-on approach and may require some morning, evening and weekend work, as well as a commitment to work in all weathers.  A commitment to organic and biodynamic, sustainable food production are essential and well as an ability to engage with and support adults with learning disabilities.

Specific Duties:

  • Working alongside Mourne Grange to support a small scale organic / biodynamic garden to supply seasonal fruits and vegetables to the community
  • Developing crop rotations and planting plans of the garden, and managing the planning, production, storage and distribution of fruits and vegetables grown on site
  • To work with stakeholders to ensure the garden provides suitable educational and day care training opportunities for service users, volunteers and other users
  • To work with stakeholders to ensure that outcomes required by Health & Safety, FSA and other regulatory bodies are delivered
  • To ensure that the garden meets the standards and requirements set out by the BDAA for organic certification and ensure that all necessary records are kept as evidence of this
  • To assist with the day-to-day supervision of staff and service users who will work closely with the Grower (full time) on the garden
  • To work alongside existing projects based in the community to ensure a holistic approach to the gardens’ future development and supporting a move towards self sustainability and a potential commercial food production project.
  • To work with stakeholders to bid for further funding to enable further investment in the production garden


  • Starting on 20 days annual leave pro rata plus CCG recognises 12 statutory days
  • Organisation Pension available on completion of probationary period
  • Occupational sick Pay Scheme, increases with length of service

Closing date for this post is 27th September.