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Market Garden Development Trainee

Accountable to:




General Manager

£10.90/ hour

Contribution Scheme with Peoples Pension.

35 hours will be worked over 5 days. We will consider part time role as reasonable adjustment.



28 days per calendar year

The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn, KY3 9YG and other locations as required by the organisation.

About the Role

As our Development Officer, you will work alongside our Estate and Operational Team to develop and grow our Market Garden and various planted areas across our 10-acre site to increase the site’s biodiversity and Market Garden productivity. CLOSING DATE: 12pm on Friday 11th November 2022

Key Responsibilities

This role will include the following:

  • Coordinate the market garden including a seasonal plan for the site

  • Procurement of plants/seeds

  • Delivery of social media content

  • Work with our volunteers to develop enriched volunteering experiences

  • Sow, Grow, Plant and Harvest fruit and vegetables

  • Develop our Seed to Plate methodology to increase people's awareness and engage with our social enterprise

  • Support Centre team to route to market.

Person Specification

Good standard of general education to SCQF Level 3

Ability to lead workshops and meetings (e.g. garden session, volunteers meetings)

AbilityNto work in a busy, fast paced environment

Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Organisational skills

Social media skills

Ability to work with and enjoy working with different people of all ages and backgrounds including children

Ability to prioritise workload and be flexible to changing demands

Responds positively to new and challenging situations

Demonstrates a flexible approach to change

Demonstrates a genuine willingness to learn and develop

Possess an approachable, professional and calm manner at all times

A team player with excellent customer service skills

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in this New to Nature placement.

New to Nature is an exciting programme of paid work placements in nature-focused roles for 18-25-year olds. This is one of 70 roles that will be created across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the Natural Environment sector.

We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from young people who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, who are living with a disability or are from low-income households.

You’ll get paid a good wage from a placement that helps the environment, learn loads of skills to boost your CV and get access to a Youth Employment Coach to help you plan your future career. There’ll also be opportunities to learn about potential careers in the natural environment, and (should you wish to) connect with the other young people working in New to Nature roles across the country.

This is a unique opportunity to try something new, and to take a first step on a career path where you can make a real difference. The natural environment needs you!

We hope you will join us on this exciting journey!


This placement is part of a national programme - New to Nature - Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This will include additional elements of training and personal development support provided by Groundwork UK and partners, as well as placement and support from The Ecology Centre

Each young person will complete an in-depth induction programme with The Prince Trust, along with tailored advice and guidance from a Groundwork Youth Employment Coach at key points during the placement. This may include identifying skills and training opportunities or help with your CV and job search skills.

The Ecology Centre will also be providing support for participants, including: including certified CPD and ROSPA approved training including, Food Safety, Manual Handling, and Data Protection.

All young people on the New to Nature programme, will be invited to join a Learning Network. This will create opportunities to take part in different talks, workshops and discussions focused on the environment sector, hosted by Groundwork and partners.

How to apply:

You can apply for this placement via the following link:

This is hosted by Groundwork UK who will check the suitability of applicants, before passing the application on to the placement organisation, who will shortlist applicants to an informal interview process.

Please ensure you carefully select the correct role from the drop down list, to ensure your details are passed to the correct employer.

If you have any questions about the application, contact us at:

We will contact you to let you know whether you have been shortlisted for interview.

We expect to conduct interviews (by telephone or video call) week beginning 28th November 2022

If you have any questions about the role or interview process please contact Errin Anderson General Manager, The Ecology Centre,