Community Gardener (part-time)

Organisation: Streatham Common Community Garden (SCCG)
Employment type: Part-time, 7 hours per week. Self-employed
Contract length: From June to end of November 2021 initially
Working schedule: Sundays 10am til 3pm plus 2 hours preparation
Location: Streatham Common Community Garden, The Rookery, Streatham Common South, Streatham SW16 3BY
Fee: £17.50 per hour

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 31st May

Streatham Common Community Garden was established in 2011 to take over the historic walled garden in the Rookery as a place where local people could learn to grow food. It is now run by a charity, led by a voluntary board of trustees, supported by a number of volunteer gardeners, with a Project Coordinator/Community Gardener who works one day a week.

The Garden is open on Wednesdays and Sundays and includes individual plots for our Learner Plot project, and a communal garden of annuals and perennials, fruit garden and raised beds. The garden is run on organic principles.

The post-holder will work alongside the Project Coordinator of the Learner Plot programme which has been running for 6 years. The Learner Plot programme gives beginner gardeners, aimed at community groups and individuals without outdoor space, the chance to learn growing skills by managing their own plot of land within the community garden. The post-holder will run the Sunday garden sessions which will be open to new and existing garden volunteers, Learner Plotters and Little Growers, a new growing project aimed at 7-11 year olds. They will be supported on Sundays by some of our Trustees.

Main duties

  • Opening and closing up the garden on Sundays, being responsible for inducting new volunteers and ensuring appropriate health and safety measures are taken
  • Working with trustees to prepare activities for Sunday volunteers, then supporting the volunteers to carry out these activities in the communal areas of the garden
  • Supporting the Learner Plot participants with advice
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to design and facilitate a range of practical gardening workshops to educate and inform garden volunteers
  • Work with Trustees to run occasional events at the garden
  • Stock management and ordering compost, seeds, seedlings and any other essential equipment required

Skills required

  • Practical understanding and experience of gardening, and growing food
  • Organised and with a good understanding of general project administration including budgets and project planning
  • Strong people skills, able to quickly establish good working relationships with a diverse range of people
  • Ability and experience of recruiting and working with volunteers
  • Communicating effectively and persuasively in plain English, orally and in writing
  • Familiar with working collaboratively with a range of different people, including volunteers, families, those with English as a second language, and people with additional needs
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and safe work practices.
  • A proven self-starter, able to work effectively with minimal supervision


In order to apply for this role, please send your current CV and a covering letter. The letter should clearly set out how your knowledge and experience meets the requirements of the job specification. Please also confirm the date you would be able to start, and the contact details (including email address) for two references, one of which should be your most recent employer.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Maggie Charnley by email to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 31st May 2021. Any questions can be sent to the same email.

Interviews will be held in the week following the closing date.

We would expect the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.