Vacancy for a Community and Education Lead

Would you like to take on the challenge of leading our community engagement work at Tablehurst? We want to really live up to our claim to be a community farm, and this role is central to achieving that. Would you enjoy reaching out to local people, building relationships, organising community events and coordinating volunteers? If so, this role could be for you.

This is a part-time role, 25.5 hours a week. This equates to three full days at Tablehurst, but the actual working hours can be flexible to suit your needs. Some involvement in events at weekends will be necessary, but this won’t be every week. The salary on offer is £15,500. The initial contract is for twelve months, but if the initiative is successful, we hope to convert the temporary appointment into a permanent one.


The role has six main elements:


Outreach. Reaching out to the local community to keep them informed about  everything happening at Tablehurst. This happens through social media, the farm website, articles in local magazines and participation in local events.


Building connections. A community is made up of individuals, and a key part of the role will be to build relationships with as many individuals as possible who, for whatever reason, see value in Tablehurst Farm. This will include shareholders, customers, collaborating organisations, volunteers and visitors. In every case, we want to understand better what they value at Tablehurst, and give them reasons to support our work.


Community events. With the hiatus of the pandemic behind us, we are once again running a regular programme of community events at the farm. Your role will be to work with the rest of the Tablehurst team to devise a programme of events which is interesting, enjoyable, informative, diverse in character and well-run.   


Volunteering. We warmly welcome volunteers at Tablehurst, partly because they contribute to our work, and partly because it is an excellent way for local people to connect with the farm. It will be your task to identify opportunities for volunteering (there are surprisingly many different possibilities), to match candidates to roles, and to support those who participate, whether they are regular, once a week volunteers, or those who help out with particular events. 


Information signage. We have grant funding available for the creation of a welcome board, a site map, some information about our farming practices and a self-guided farm trail. It will be your task (if necessary with some expert support) to develop the new material and have it installed at the farm.


Funding. We want to sustain all of our community work into the future, and this will be a great deal easier if it doesn’t have to be funded from our regular business activities. Part of your role will therefore be to find sources of funding which can support some of the activities within this programme of work.

The ideal candidate for this role will have relevant experience in at least some of the above activities, but a real connection to Tablehurst Farm and an appreciation of what we are trying to achieve here are just as important.


To apply, please email us your CV together with a covering message explaining why you think you would be suited to this role. The deadline for applications is Thursday 28th July. If you would like to discuss the role before submitting a formal application, please call Chris Marshall on 07904 459741.