01Feb2019

Name of Employer: Bath City Farm

Job title: Environmental Youth Worker and Assistant

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st Feb at 1 pm

Salary: £22,176 pro rata per annum

Location: Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Bath BA21NW

Explain how applicants should contact you / apply: Go to the \'about us\' section on our website or email sarah@bathcityfarm.org.uk for a full job description and application form for both roles. www.bathcityfarm.org.uk

Job description: Main Objectives of the post

  • To work with children and young people aged 5 – 18 years old to deliver a wide range of environmental play, conservation, and educational activities at Bath City Farm.
  • Improve the physical health, life skills, happiness and well-being of local young people by engaging them in bushcraft, gardening, and forest school activities, along with conservation tasks across our 37 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland and rare breed animals.
  • Raise the aspirations of young people by offering a variety of experiences and instilling a sense of ownership of the Farm and its activities.

Main duties and responsibilities:

You will organise, deliver and promote a range of activities for children and young people at Bath City Farm. Working in partnership with other local organisations and schools, you will engage with young people from our immediate areas of Southdown, Whiteway, and Twerton. These are classed as areas of high social deprivation, so you will be working with hard to reach young people who are affected by a range of social issues.

5-10-year-olds:

  • To plan and lead an after-school farm club group on Mondays in term time and in the summer holidays, including evaluation and monitoring the project with young people.
  • To plan and lead a Saturday morning club in term time.

11-16-year-olds:

  • To plan and lead an after-school Bush Craft group on Tuesdays in term time and in the summer holidays, including evaluation and monitoring the project with young people.

11-18-year-olds (this project is currently not funded but we are hoping to get this group running when funding is successful)

  • To Plan and lead a youth volunteering group on Saturday afternoons to undertake conservation tasks and animal care.

School Visits: You may be asked to assist the farm team to deliver school visits during term time.

General duties:

  • To work closely with local primary and secondary schools, local youth groups and other voluntary organisations to ensure maximum engagement.
  • To work with other members of staff, in particular, other Youth workers, to ensure the effective running of your project.
  • To assist other staff in the care of all farm livestock if necessary.
  • To work within and to promote the aims and objectives of the City Farm, and to present a positive image of the Farm to the public.
  • To assist with other staff in organising community events.
  • To work within agreed policies and procedures, helping to ensure high standards of practice on the farm.
  • To ensure activities meet the Farm’s legal requirements for health and safety, including planning and undertaking risk assessments/management.
  • To liaise with the public, members, and other individuals and organisations as appropriate.
  • To ensure effective monitoring and evaluation takes place for all activities for which you are responsible.
  • Delivery of sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays amounting to 10 hours. The remaining hours for administration and networking would ideally be done on the same days but are negotiable.

Person specification: Environmental Youth Worker – Bath City Farm

            Essential          Desirable

1.Qualifications

  • Level 2 (or equivalent) youth work qualification
  • Youth Work qualification
  • Any land-based sector qualifications

2.Experience

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working with young people in an outdoor community setting to deliver forest school and bushcraft activities.
  • Experience of working with hard to reach young people and dealing with the issues they face.
  • Working on city farms
  • experience of working with farm animals
  • Managing challenging behaviour and enabling supervised ‘risky play’ activities.

3. Knowledge

  • Have knowledge of local primary and secondary schools and be able to engage with them.
  • Have knowledge of voluntary and community sector groups and be able to engage with them.
  • Understanding the needs of young people living in disadvantaged areas and how to effectively engage them in the farm activities
  • Know about nature and wildlife and be able to share this knowledge with young people through engaging activities •         
  • Knowledge of city farms and how they operate
  • Knowledge of animal care
  • Knowledge of the school curriculum and how it relates to environmental activities.

4. Skills

  • Ability to organise and deliver age-appropriate forest school, wild play and bushcraft activities for young people age 5-18
  • Ability to safeguard young people and work within multiagency child protection procedures
  • Excellent communication skills including promoting youth project to the community and working with the staff team.
  • An effective and proactive approach to including all young people in activities.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with parents and other working professionals.
  • Skills in gardening and conservation work.
  • Negotiation/facilitation skills
  • Fundraising skills      

5. Personal attributes

  • Awareness and a passion for the environment.
  • Self-motivated, able to work unsupervised, to take initiative and to meet deadlines.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • Highly organised, with good time management.
  • Commitment to the values of community farming, community education, and environmental play opportunities.
  • the ability to build good relationships and earn trust and respect with young people and the community.
  • a non-judgmental attitude.
  • an ability to relate to people from all backgrounds. •  
  • Sense of humour
  • Innovative, flexible nature

6. Personal circumstances

  • Flexible working hours including working some weekends and evenings.   

7. Job hazard information

  • Outdoor work: This role requires the post holder to work outside in all seasons of the year. Ability to perform tasks of a physical nature, including lifting and kneeling; and to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (heat, humidity, cold) is required.
  • Work with animals: This role will involve some animal husbandry, for example, handling of some animals, preparing food and bedding.
  • Use of hand-held tools: This role could involve the use of tools used in bushcraft, gardening, and conservation work.
  • Lone working: The post holder may occasionally be the sole employee on site on some weekends. As a lone worker, the individual must follow all relevant control measures and safe systems of work at all times.
  • Driving: This role may involve driving if the post holder is qualified. In this instance, it is expected that the individual will have the ability to drive a vehicle safely and appropriately, including the ability to read and interpret road signs

Any other information: We have an Environmental Youth Worker post plus an Assistant Youth Worker post advertised. Please see the \'about us\' section on our website for more info. www.bathcityfarm.org.uk

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