Horticulture and Allotments Officer
Location: Battersea Park
Contract Type: Full Time (40 hours per week)
Salary: From £28,425
Closing date: 26 May 2021
The London Borough of Wandsworth has one of the richest varieties of green spaces in central London. Enable Leisure and Culture is the lead contractor employed by Wandsworth Borough Council to manage and improve 8 allotment sites and 32 parks, commons and green spaces as well as deliver leisure services such as outdoor events, filming, sports provision and wellbeing activities throughout the borough.
This is a unique opportunity for an imaginative and collaborative horticulturalist with an eye for detail and a methodical approach to working. We need someone who will bring good administrative skills to the fore alongside their creativity, to ensure that our allotments are well run and that we can demonstrate continuous horticultural improvements across our greenspaces.
You will have successful experience of delivering lasting improvements and good landscape management with, and for, communities in accordance with management plans and agreed administrative processes. The role of Horticulture and Allotments Officer is integral to our plans to raise the standards of horticulture and allotment management, as well as allowing us to actively demonstrate our commitments to sustainability in our planted landscapes.
Joining a highly motivated team which specialises in horticulture and allotments, working with communities, achieving successful fundraising and delivering improvements, you will be a team player who has strong self-motivation and the ability to support colleagues as well as work on personal initiative.
The role is for 40 hours a week and is based in the Parks Office within Battersea Park. Alternative measures including some working from home may be required in the short/medium term due to Covid-19. You will be expected to travel to our sites in Wandsworth and Merton, to meet individuals and communities on a regular basis and in all weathers.
We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.
Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date is 09:00 on 26th May 2021.
Responsible to the Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager for:
- The day to day management of all aspects of the Allotments Service to ensure appropriate implementation of, and compliance with, the Allotment Letting Agreement and to ensure that allotment site infrastructure is maintained and improved.
- Providing horticultural technical specialist advice to meet our aims of sustainable planting across all areas including existing scheme renovations, new scheme development and support funding bids across all of our urban greenspaces.
- Leading on management and maintenance plans including collating all necessary information, maintaining a record of actions delivered and using these to secure recognition for our greenspaces.
- Responsible for all administration for the Allotments service including waiting list applications, ad hoc enquiries, complaints, plot holder’s newsletter, volunteer site manager’s meetings and reporting annual statistics
- Responsible for managing and maintaining the allotments database in accordance with GDPR: creating and managing electronic and paper records, in relation to waiting lists, current tenants, plot standards and terminations of tenancies.
- Managing all financial transactions in relation to rental payments with Enable’s Finance Team and managing the allotment budget and any third-party funding secured for allotment infrastructure improvements.
- To implement the steps necessary to ensure that all plot holders are compliant with the Allotments Letting Agreement and associated policies at all times. This will include both ad hoc and planned site visits and will require collaborative working with volunteer site managers.
- Responsible for devising and implementing a rolling programme of site infrastructure improvements on allotments, working with the Parks Fundraising Officer to secure investment as necessary.
- Responsible for providing horticultural technical expertise to inform existing landscape management and to influence proposals for improvements and developments in greenspaces.
- Responsible for our continuous improvement of greenspaces, including securing awards such as Green Flag, through production of management and maintenance plans, and the preparation of costed project proposals to inform fundraising and investment.
- Ensuring that all schemes, projects and proposals across the borough actively and effectively demonstrate our commitment to sustainable planting and maintenance practices. This may include providing advice to Development Planners on relevant aspects of planning applications across the borough.
- To work alongside our Parks Operations team and grounds maintenance contractor to develop robust maintenance plans for soft landscapes, to ensure current and future planting schemes can meet required standards.
- In collaboration with colleagues, to deliver volunteering and community participation opportunities in relation to horticulture and soft landscape in greenspaces.
- Responsible for all communication in regard to allotments, sustainable planting and gardening, including the provision of advice to residents and communities.
- Educated to degree level or has equivalent qualification/appropriate relevant experience in the amenity horticulture sector.
- Expertise, skills and experience in amenity horticulture, allotment management or relevant greenspace design and maintenance.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to handle issues with sensitivity and patience and to give clear and concise explanations.
- Experience in designing and managing sustainable ornamental landscapes and infrastructure improvements
- Experience in maintaining precise and detailed records, including budgetary and personal information, and in accordance with GDPR
- Experience in managing databases including data entry and using databases to generate reports and analysis
- Experience in delivering services in accordance with clear processes and procedures
- Experience in writing greenspace management and maintenance plans and awards submissions
- Excellent proficiency in MS applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook
- Experience in managing volunteers in a land-based / environmental setting
- Knowledge and practical understanding of good allotment cultivation
- The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working as part of a team towards common goals and shared projects
- Be able to travel regionally as work requires and able to work occasional additional early morning, evening and weekend hours
- 25 Days Annual Leave
- Flexible Working
- Pension Scheme
- Eyecare Vouchers
- Free Gym membership
- On-site shower facilities
- Season Ticket Loan
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Weekly fruit basket
- Staff Treats
- Weekly Wellbeing Hour
- And more!