Location Farms for City Children, Nethercott House, Devon
Salary £9,579.04 per annum 0.46 FTE (£20,824 per annum 1.0 FTE) Equivalent of £11.44 per hour
Contract Part-Time (16 hours per week 0.46 FTE)

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a part-time General Assistant to join our amazing charity, which exists to remove the barriers that prevent children and young people having meaningful access to the natural world. Through a week on one of our three heritage farms, Nethercott House in Devon, Lower Treginnis in Pembrokeshire and Wick Court in Gloucestershire, children and young people experience increased learning and engagement, improved connections and wellbeing and leave us with enhanced environmental citizenship. Visiting children are immersed in the natural world of countryside through a food and farming offer that allows them to participate in the seasonal tasks of the day: sowing, growing and harvesting in our kitchen gardens; caring for livestock and looking after the land; and cooking up a home-grown feast in the farmhouse kitchen. Spending time working alongside real farmers fosters children’s independence and helps them to grow in confidence, develops their self-esteem, and encourages them to become more resilient. In partnership with our commercial farming neighbours, children experience the benefits of collaboration, enjoy plenty of physical activity, good food, and fresh air, and discover the magical rural environment that is full of new words, sounds and experiences to inspire their creativity.

About the Role

The General Assistant will support the work of the charity primarily with housekeeping duties and support in the kitchen at Nethercott House. The role covers a wide range of duties for an enthusiastic team member who wants to help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for the children and accompanying adults during their week with us. Priorities will be maintaining a clean environment throughout the house during the week and preparing the house between visiting groups. The role will include supporting the kitchen team in the dining room and kitchen.

This is a part time role, working 16 hours per week, ideally 4 hours on a Wednesday (10am – 2pm) and Thursday (10am – 2pm) with 8 hours on Friday changeover (9am – 6pm, with a 1 hour unpaid break). There is potential for flexibility of mid-week hours worked and/or for some of the Friday changeover hours to be worked on a Saturday for the right candidate.

This position is a farm-based role which will require only very occasional travel within the Charity’s regions in order to attend training or meetings, normally at one of our farms in Pembrokeshire and Gloucestershire.

Appointments will not be confirmed until the Charity has received two satisfactory professional references, evidence of the existing proof of right to work in the UK. Referees will not be contacted without candidates’ prior consent.

Farms for City Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful candidates will be subject to a Social Media check and a DBS check at the appropriate level. Employment with the charity is conditional upon the charity being satisfied with the result of the DBS Check. Successful candidates will be asked to complete a self-declaration related to their criminal record or any information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. If you have lived or worked outside of the UK, additional information may be required from you to satisfy safer recruitment checks. Any criminal records information that is disclosed to the charity will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or code of practice published by the DBS.

Farms for City Children is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity and supports and encourages under-represented groups. We seek people from a wide range of backgrounds, with diverse lived experience, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification document for full details about the role.

What we Offer

In return you will receive a starting salary of £9,579.04 per annum 0.46 FTE (£20,824 per annum 1.0 FTE) and a range of benefits, which include:

  • 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays
  • 6% employer contribution to NEST pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

How to Apply

To apply please download and fill out our application form, once completed send to recruitment@farmsforcitychildren.org. You may also wish to fill out our equal opportunities monitoring form.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, so interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We are unable to accept just cover letters and CVs.