Garden Assistant, Thornage Hall Independent Living | Biodynamic Association

Garden Assistant, Thornage Hall Independent Living

We are seeking to appoint a Biodynamic Farm Land-Worker
19th February 2019
We are looking for a student / early career agriculturalist to work with us for a year or two as training (on a path to a managerial role), or as a placement year student.
8th March 2019

Thornage, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7QH
Salary:                        £15,268.00 per year pro rata          

Hours:                        30 – 37.5 hours per week

Thornage Hall provides supported living accommodation in 5 houses located in the beautiful surroundings of the Thornage Hall estate.  We strive to work together for people and the environment. We work both within our community at Thornage as well as with wider communities and organisations in Norfolk in order to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities and keep environmental sustainability at the heart of what we do.

We run a biodynamic farm which provides food for those living in our houses, as well as sales to local organic outlets. We have built on the success of the farm and have converted farm buildings into studios for our Day Services offering a range of crafts, IT and artistic activity – greatly enriching the lives of those people with learning disabilities who have a thirst to develop new skills within a working environment.

Do you have green fingers and a friendly, can do approach to your work?  If so, we need you to help provide flexible cover across the land workshops and work with the Garden Manager to plan the working day and supervise service users/tenants ensuring all necessary tasks are completed.  You will be supporting and mentoring our service users in developing their skills in the garden and in the use of tools and machinery. When the Garden Manager is absent, you will supervise the Garden group and ensure all tasks are complete in accordance with the agreed plans and layouts.

You will need to demonstrate experience of organismic or biodynamic gardening or farming, as well as experience of providing person centred services.  You should be able to demonstrate an understanding/experience of relating to adults with learning disabilities, together with an understanding of safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults.  You will have experience and/or relevant qualification in horticulture, gardening or land management and ideally possess a qualification in health and social care or equivalent work experience.  Our job description/person specification will give you more information – see /how-you-can-help/work-for-us/

Successful applicants must undergo a DBS check.

We are unable to accept CVs.  All applicants should complete and return our application form, together with our recruitment monitoring form.  Forms can be emailed to or sent by post, marked Private and Confidential, to HR, Thornage Hall Independent Living, Thornage, Holt, NR25 7QH.

Closing dates for receipt of applications: 4th March (noon)

 Shortlisting will take place on 6th March and interviews will be scheduled for week beginning 14th March 2019.