Learning & Engagement Officer, Chelsea Physic Garden

  • Location: Chelsea Physic Garden, Royal Hospital Road, London. SW3 4HS
  • Contract: 5 month Fixed-Term contract
  • Hours: 35 hours per week (including regular weekends)
  • Salary: £23,000 – £25,000 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday 2nd August 2020

About Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden is a Charity that has existed since 1983. It was set up to promote and preserve a four-acre garden of the same name, which was founded in 1673. The charity’s mission is to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and wellbeing of humankind. The work of our Learning & Public Engagement Department is central to this, from pond dipping to formal talks.Together as a small, dedicated team of staff we benefit from the knowledge and support of volunteers in almost every area of our operations.

We are currently in a period of large-scale project development, as we move toward a celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the Garden in 2023. The project development and implementation are focused on the ambition to restore and re-present our Glasshouses and their collections with a major fundraising appeal supporting this process. As part of our ongoing audience development work, this role will be key in helping us to better develop our Learning and Engagement programmes as part of our commitment to investing in people.

About the Role

The Learning & Engagement Officer delivers an engaging programme of activities for learners of all ages. This includes our Help Us Grow programme for people in recovery. Through practical workshop participants on this course learn new skills and connect with nature.

The post holder will balance direct delivery, alongside the strategic management of our Outreach programme. CPG has an established network of collaborative partners, with ambitions for the post holder to increase our network in line with our audience development ambitions. We deliver sessions onsite, offsite and digitally, with a growing focus on delivery at the Elkstone
Road Community Garden which we manage on behalf of Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC). Our digital resources have developed rapidly, in response to Covid-19, the postholder will help create and maintain new digital resources.

Our Schools & Families Officer is responsible for delivering the majority of our schools programme. The postholder will support them with the delivery of our schools programme as required. They will also help create teacher packs to support our learning sessions and support the delivery of Teacher Training sessions (for established and trainee teachers).

The post-holder must be confident in adapting teaching styles to suit the needs of our different audiences, some of whom are living with dementia, or deemed vulnerable. We want our learning experiences to be available to everyone, and audience development will be one of the areas this role will support.

The post holder is responsible for maintaining our network of community and outreach partners, supported by our Learning & Outreach Coordinator. This network includes teachers, schools, colleges, universities, community partners and family groups to deliver a diverse range of enjoyable, high-quality learning experiences.

Evaluating our work, both quantitatively and qualitatively is essential for the department. The postholder will support the Head of Learning & Public Engagement to ensure that annual targets, key performance indicators, etc. are met and reported on. The post holder will also support the Learning & Outreach Coordinator to embed methods of evaluation to help improve our programme.

The post holder will be responsible for supervising volunteers, who support our daily operations and delivery, contractors and freelancers. We run annual Volunteer Training in January, which the postholder will develop and help deliver alongside colleagues.

Further information and to apply: visit the Chelsea Physic Garden website

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Sunday 2nd August 2020
• 1st Interview: Monday 10th August 2020
• 2nd Interview: Monday 17th August 2020