Community Gardener (Let’s Grow)

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre
  • Closing 25th June 2021

  • Advertised from 3rd June 2021
  • 35 hours per week. Post is funded to June 2022 (extension dependent on funding)
  • 28 days annual leave + 8 public holidays


Skills Exchange SCIO works across South Lanarkshire with local people who have multiple barriers to employment. We deliver training in employability, personal development, lifeskills and health and wellbeing providing support which is person-centred, flexible and responsive to individual needs. We work with a range of partners, schools, colleges, employers and third sector organisations with the aim of supporting our participants on their journey towards the world of work.

The purpose of this post

We are currently in the second year of our ‘Let’s Grow’ project for disadvantaged young people aged 15+ in partnership with The David Livingstone Trust, who run the Birthplace in Blantyre.

Participants on ‘Let’s Grow’ will have the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications in employability, personal development, enterprise, horticulture and the environment through a blend of group work, individual support and work placements.

The aim of ‘Let’s Grow ’ is to support local young people towards a positive destination, raise aspirations and enable them to contribute to their local community.

We are currently seeking a Community Gardener to be based at the David Livingstone Birthplace in Blantyre. The successful applicant will support, train and supervise young people who are undertaking Let’s Grow work placements within the Centre’s grounds and gardens as well as supporting Garden Volunteers.

About you

You’ll have a strong passion for horticulture and inspiring others to learn more about and engage with the natural world around them. You’ll have experience of working with diverse and at times challenging young people, often with additional support needs. You will also have experience of working with and supporting volunteers coupled with excellent organisational, planning and coordinating skills. You will be a confident communicator with experience of working collaboratively with partners, stakeholders and the local community. A degree of flexibility will be required with the role as the Birthplace project progresses to re-opening this summer so the ability to adapt to changing circumstances would be advantageous.

Key tasks

  • Support and supervise project participants undertaking practical work experience at the David Livingstone Birthplace
  • Supervise and support a gardening assistant who is assigned to the project
  • Organise and plan seasonal gardening duties and the development of projects to be undertaken by project participants within the grounds and gardens
  • Provide training to project participants as required
  • Support and liaise closely with other David Livingstone Birthplace Garden Volunteers and the on-site staff
  • Maintain safe outdoor working practices and strict adherence to relevant Health & Safety legislation
  • Prepare risk assessments or method statements prior to any work commencing
  • Liaise with, and where appropriate work with, other organisations / partners to provide and educate on horticultural activities
  • Work closely with other Skills Exchange project staff to ensure effective communication and reporting
  • Undertake any administrative / reporting tasks related to the project as directed
  • Effectively organise and manage own workload and diary
  • Represent Skills Exchange professionally as and when required at external events
  • Contribute to the sharing of good practice and support continuous improvement throughout Skills Exchange and promote a positive image of Skills Exchange and all the services it delivers
  • To travel to other locations connected with Skills Exchange business as required
  • Identify and highlight training and development needs in line with requirements of the Community Gardener role to line manager
  • Actively contribute to the maintenance of a professional and welcoming environment
  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required

Generic Requirements

The post holder will be expected to comply with Skills Exchange Scio’s policies and procedures at all times. These include, but are not limited to, equality and diversity, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety.

The post holder will be trained and coached in the policies and procedures of Skills Exchange Scio. They will be expected to familiarise themselves with these policies and procedures and to seek advice and guidance from their line manager if required.

The key tasks listed above are an indication of the main duties to be performed. They may be subject to amendment to take account of changing circumstances but any significant changes would be made following discussion with the post holder.

Please note that should your application be successful you will be required to become a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme.

Application notes

Closing date for applications : Friday 25th June 2021

Applications to be submitted to Diane Ashwood, Skills Exchange SCIO, The Village Centre, 12 Maxwell Drive, East Kilbride, G74 4HG or Email: