Location – Hybrid (mostly remote working). Head Office location is Huxham Barns, Huxham, Exeter, EX5 4EJ

Reporting to – Chief Executive

Contract type – 3 days per week (mostly remote working)  2 or 2.5 days per week would be considered

Salary – £26,400 per annum 0.6FTE (£44,000 per annum 1.0 FTE)  

Benefits – 20 days per annum (pro-rata of 33 days holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays), contributory pension of 6%, employee assistance scheme with Health Assured.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part-time HR Manager to join our 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 HR Manager is the human resources lead for the Charity, providing guidance and support to the charity’s full-time and part-time employees. The HR Manager will be responsible for the strategic overview of the HR needs of the organisation including employee professional development and training and will ensure that all HR processes, practices, documentation, and compliance checks are aligned to current employment law. The HR Manager leads on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at Farms for City Children, ensuring best practice is embedded in all our people processes.

Alongside the leadership and advisory functions of the role, the HR Manager will also provide hands-on support and administration as needed when the HR Officer is not available.

The HR Manager manages the HR Officer and oversees and supports HR related work at farm sites through the Farm School Managers and Office Managers.

The successful candidate must have the ability to travel monthly to our Head Office, Huxham Barns, near Exeter and to travel termly to the Charity’s farms: Iddesleigh in Devon, St Davids in Pembrokeshire and Arlingham in Gloucestershire.  This role is eligible for hybrid working and the HR Manager will primarily work from home.

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.


What we Offer

In return you will receive a starting salary of £26,400 for 3 days per week (£44,000 FTE) and a range of benefits, which include:

  • 25 days holiday, plus 8 statutory bank holidays (pro-rated to 20 days inclusive of bank holidays for 0.6 FTE)
  • 6% employer contribution to NEST pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

How to Apply

Deadline for applications is midday on Monday 26th February 2024.

 To apply please download and fill out our application form. Please also complete our equal opportunities monitoring form.

 We are unable to accept just cover letters and CVs.