Capital Growth Community Gardener - Freelance

  • Remuneration: Daily rate of £132 per day*
  • Working Hours: Approx. 2 days per week between September 2019 and March 2020 with reduced hours during December and January. Fixed days to be agreed, but preferably a Wednesday.
  • Contract:Fixed-term contract, Freelance until March 2020. 45 – 50 days between September 19 and March 20. 
  • Reporting to: Capital Growth Project Coordinator
  • Location: Regent’s Park Allotment Garden. Travel within London may be required.
  • Holiday: This is included within daily rate therefore holiday must be agreed with manager and will be unpaid.
  • Applications: CV and cover letter on why you are suitable for the post
  • Start date (desirable): Week commencing 2nd September

Closing date for applications:  Extended to Sunday 11 August 2019.
Interviews w/c 21st August.

Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London’s Food Growing network and has been supporting people and groups to grow food in London since 2008. In 2010 in partnership with The Royal Parks, we launched The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden project to showcase organic food growing, working with a small team of volunteers. During this time we have delivered a high profile programme of training at the park, reaching thousands of food growers alongside open days, harvest festivals and school workshops, reaching around 400 pupils each year, as well as other targeted activities.

Please note that alongside recruitment for this role we are also looking to build our pool of sessional community gardeners and trainers, so should you be interested in this opportunity please also let us know in your application.


Summary Description:

The Community Gardener is responsible for the recruitment, management of volunteers and the smooth running and maintenance of the Allotment Garden to a high standard. They are also responsible for delivering the funded programme of programme of activities, events and training within the Allotment Garden, planning the garden and developing future activities.  


Roles and Responsibilities

The Community Gardener role will:

  • Supervise existing volunteer team including organising monthly rota and covering duties, where required, and attending volunteer sessions to ensure high standard of delivery.
  • Support recruitment of new volunteer team (6-10) in early 2020.
  • Organise and deliver induction and training for volunteers in partnership with The Royal Parks.
  • Plan and organise and deliver sessions targeting groups e.g. school children (delivered for 2019), SEN groups and others e.g. twilight sessions.
  • Support trainers in terms of preparation and delivery of sessions and ensure monitoring information is collected and provide short reports, where required.
  • Liaise regularly with The Royal Parks and Capel Manor College on site staff regarding site management and session delivery.
  • Update site and activity risk assessments.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records and prepare reports for the project funders.
  • Input into 2020 Capital Growth and The Royal Parks programmes, contributing ideas for training, events, activities and fundable projects.
  • Attend Capital Growth team meetings and events and represent Capital Growth’s aims and objectives at all times and input into other volunteer related Capital Growth activities.


Personal Specification


  • Commitment to developing sustainable food and farming
  • Experience of managing and support volunteers
  • Experience of organising and delivering public events or training
  • Working knowledge of food growing and biodiversity issues
  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Experience of working on a funded project
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Good Team working skills
  • Public liability insurance and up to date enhanced DBS (or willingness to obtain)
  • Available to work evenings/ Saturdays (limited)


  • Experience of managing a public access garden
  • Experience of working with community food projects in urban areas
  • Experience of producing leaflets, websites or other communication materials
  • Experience of building relationships with diverse organisations
  • Experience working with children and young people
  • Experience of meeting funding requirements
  • Understanding of health and wellbeing issues in relation to food growing
  • Horticultural qualification or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of London food scene, specifically food growing

Please email for more information.

To apply for this position, e-mail your CV and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages to This should address the points set out in this job description to arrive by midday on Sunday 11 August. Interviews are likely to take place on 21 August.  

We would like someone to start w/c 2nd September and to attend the Annual Harvest Festival in the Allotment Garden on Saturday 7th September. Please state your preferred start date, whether you are available on 7th September and days of the week you are available in general. Ideally this would include a Wednesday as there are established volunteers and sessions planned for Wednesdays. (This is not essential but desirable).

We are unable to accept late applications (even if you have email problems). Unfortunately, we are only able to contact those invited to interview and are unable to give feedback to candidates not invited to interview. We encourage applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that we are unable to assist with finding accommodation or with visa applications.

The Sustain alliance is a registered charity (no 1018643) and a company limited by guarantee, which is registered in England and Wales (no 02673194).

This post is funded by The Royal Parks.

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244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9DA

0203 5596 777

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