We’re looking for people who want to be part of a passionate team, which makes a real and lasting difference to children and young people’s lives.

The required roles are for zero hours contract, with the possibility of being offered a more permanent contract in September. Ideally, we would like people with the experience and ability to take on more than one of these roles.

Deadline for applications:  9am on Tuesday 25th May

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th May

All roles required to start week commencing Monday 7th June.

Please visit our website to apply: www.swcityfarm.co.uk/jobs-and-careers

Forest School Practitioners x2

We provide Forest School and Play Sessions at our beautiful conservation site Boiling Wells to children in Reception and Year 1 from a local school. They come as a group of 40 and are split in half, so each practitioner would have 20 children each. The two-hour sessions involve natural arts and crafts, games, songs, bushcraft skills, cooking, a visit to the farm animals and free play.

Hours of work: Tuesday and Thursday 9- 12:30 8th June until the 1st July 2021


  • A level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award or equivalent in experience.
  • Experience of planning and delivering whole group Forest School sessions with large groups of children.
  • The ability to deliver sessions alone.

Youth Officer

We are looking for a facilitator to work in a team of 3 for our fully funded Youth Club at Boiling Wells aimed at young people who have been referred by local organisations and social workers, with a few places reserved for paying beneficiaries. Currently, we have 15 members and do a diverse range of activities led by the young people’s interests such as building and tool use, cooking, games, natural arts and crafts and bushcraft skills. We are also looking for someone to help us run our summer activities – a weeklong ‘Summer Camp’ for 20 children aged 7-12 at Boiling Wells, as well as a 3-day and 2-night residential called ‘Tribe Camp’, both in a team of 4. This is designed for young people in Year 6 who may find the transition into secondary school particularly challenging and are referred to us by social services and local organisations.

Hours of work:

  • Youth Club: 8th June – 20th July 2021, Tuesdays 3.30pm- 7pm
  • Summer Camp: 16th August – 20th August 2021, 8.30am- 6pm each day
  • Tribe Camp: 26th July – 28th July 2021, 9 am – 6pm, including overnight


  • Experience of working alongside children and young people with complex needs.
  • Experience of running outdoor sessions for children and young people.
  • The ability to design sessions based on the young people’s interests.
  • The ability to work alongside a team.

Education Officer

We are looking for someone to deliver our Wednesday ‘Work 2 Learn’ Sessions, which currently take place on the Farm, with an element at Boiling Wells or our one of our other outdoor education/volunteer sites. The main focus’ of these sessions is to engage young people who are either struggling or excluded from school with life skills and farming experience, whilst developing their wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. The group is very small, as the needs can be high. Therefore, inspiring a healthy, cooperative dynamic within the group is also key. We also encourage aspiration in basic animal husbandry and growing, including the general care and maintenance of the farm animals and food plants, learning about life cycles, composting, breeding and enrichment. As part of this we encourage aspiration towards ASDAN qualification, so part of your role may be leading young people through Animals Care or Gardening ASDAN short courses.

Hours of work: 9th June – 14th July 2021, Wednesdays 9.30am – 3.30pm


  • Experience of working with young people with complex needs.
  • Experience and knowledge of animal husbandry preferable, but training is also possible.
  • Experience of growing and gardening preferable.
  • The ability to design sessions based on the young people’s interests to some degree.
  • The ability to work alone.

For all the roles above you will need the following skill set:

  • Experience and passion for working alongside children or young people in the outdoors.
  • An interest in and experience of developing children and young people’s wellbeing, confidence, and self-esteem.
  • Experience of designing and delivering inspiring sessions for groups.
  • Experience in managing the different personalities of children, including those with complex needs.
  • To be a good communicator with the ability to work with a diverse team and develop good relationships.
  • The ability to support, inspire and develop good rapport with children and young people.

Your approach

  • Commitment to learning new skills.
  • Able to reflect on your work with a willingness to learn and adapt.
  • Able to work without being supervised.
  • Commitment to inclusion, equality and accessibility.

Expectation in the role(s)

  • Lead or assist with running of whole group sessions.
  • Monitor and evaluate the young people’s/children’s progress.
  • Lead on or help us to set up sessions and plan the project.
  • Inspire young people’s/children’s interest in the natural world and help to develop their confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing.

Salary£10.30 per hour, with Tribe Camp being paid at £150 per 24 hours

Location: At St Werburghs City Farm and Boiling Wells Conservation Site

Probationary period: 3 weeks

References: All appointments will be confirmed only upon receipt of satisfactory references.

You will need to have a DBS for this role, or have one completed at the Farm.

What you will love about working here:

  • Working in a supportive environment which values your diversity and talent
  • Access to training opportunities and reflective practice
  • Being part of a team that strives for greater inclusion and equity
  • Flexibility for those with families and other commitments
  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 25 days and bank holiday pro rata
  • Participation in the NEST pension scheme
  • Access to the cycle-to-work scheme