Change Agents UK

Employment and Community Project Officer

Project Employment and Community Project Officer
Employer Groundwork East
Job Description


Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We believe that big global issues – the economy, the environment – have a big local impact. Groundwork operates throughout the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.


Groundwork’s award-winning training programmes are going from strength to strength and they are seeking a highly motivated individual to help continue this success.
They are looking for someone with experience of working in the landscaping, horticultural or construction industries who has a passion for training and developing people who are not in education or employment.

The role demands an enthusiastic person who is able to pass on skills by training a wide range of volunteers, enabling them to gain qualifications, experience and improve their job prospects. The training takes place through the implementation of real community landscape improvement projects and the post holder will lead the volunteers through the on-site work as well as their qualifications.

Benefits of this opportunity

Groundwork has a commitment to the continual personal development of its staff. The successful candidate will be supported by both the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough team and the wider Groundwork East. This role will help develop the candidate’s project management skills as well as their practical and interpersonal skills. Cambridgeshire is a rapidly expanding team so opportunities for advancement within Groundwork are strong.

Future employment potential

One year contract with opportunity to extend.

Location Huntingdon


The post holder will have the ability to engage with and train a range of volunteers aged 16-65. The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the practical landscaping work and the teaching and assessment of City & Guilds qualifications. There will also be the opportunity to help develop and deliver a wider range of community focussed environmental projects alongside the wider team.

Key Tasks

  1. Deliver a wide-ranging programme of practical, environmental volunteer activities, including food growing schemes, training projects, team building events, gardening support and general environmental improvements.

  2. Lead the training and supervision of trainees undertaking hard and soft landscaping improvement projects and assist with classroom based learning in respect of employability, health and safety and land based activity.

  3. Maintain positive relationships with trainees and keep groups motivated and productive. Provide pastoral care to trainees as needed.

  4. Maintain positive relationships with project partners, college, landowners, employers and colleagues.

  5. Work with the Employment & Community Supervisor to plan, cost and implement practical landscape projects, providing quotes to customers where necessary.

  6. Oversee trainees and volunteers on projects and ensure compliance with health and safety regulations for on-site work including the completion of risk assessments, projects plans as per Groundwork project procedures.

  7. Work with the Supervisor to ensure projects and assessments are appropriately planned, monitored and undertaken on time and to budget (including completion of C&G qualifications, risk assessments, work programmes etc.).

  8. Effectively manage a varied workload, ensuring all projects are well planned, remain within budget, outputs are achieved and milestones met, through efficient project management.

Other Responsibilities

  1. To promote Groundwork activities at a local and regional level; and provide an efficient and courteous service.

  2. To ensure compliance with the Trust’s policies, and with insurance and statutory requirements, particularly health and safety, the Children’s Act and equal opportunities.

  3. To undertake other administrative duties as required by the post.

  4. Provide support and assistance in respect of other Groundwork projects.

  5. To undertake any task that may be requested from time to time by the Executive Director or Operations Director or Operations Manager, as may be consistent with the nature and scope of this post.

  6. To attend team meetings and supervision with line manager.

  7. To undertake training and development as agreed with line manager.

  8. To be a positive force within the staff team taking personal responsibility for ensuring good morale and an positive work relations

Personal Specification


  1. Demonstrable experience in a wide range of hard and soft landscaping work, including knowledge in timber construction, paving, fencing and planting.

  2. Previous experience of working with people in a training capacity.

  3. Experience of delivering community / environmental projects.

  4. An effective time management skills, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  5. An effective communication and social skills - explaining, listening and patience.

  6. Experience in the process of Health and Safety Assessment for practical tasks.

  7. The ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

  8. A competent user of power tools and machinery.

  9. A valid driving licence with access to a car that you are willing to insure for business purposes.

  10. Willingness to undertake a DBS check.


  1. A qualification or equivalent training in assessment, teaching and/or horticulture/landscaping.

  2. Previous experience of budget management and quoting to customers.

  3. An understanding and interest in current community and environmental issues.

  4. An Understanding of issues facing unemployed adults and young people.

  5. Knowledge or experience in supervising and managing young and adult volunteers.

  6. The ability to lead on classroom based studies.

  7. Knowledge or experience of dealing with difficult behaviours.

  8. Up to date Emergency First Aid Training.

Position Details

Employer: Groundwork East

Salary (per annum pro rata): £22,199 - £25,473 plus attractive benefits

Interview Date: Monday 20th March 2017

Closing Date: Sunday 5th March 2017

Preferred Start Date: 3rd April 2017

Length of Opportunity: 52 Weeks

Hours/Week: 37

Work outside normal hours: May be required but only very rarely

Annual leave: 25 days plus statutory holidays

Probation period: 3 months

Base: Alconbury Weald

Reports to: Employment and Community Supervisor

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables young people and graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy.

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Salary £22,199 - £25,473
Application Deadline 2017-03-05
Interview Date 2017-03-20
Hours Per Week 37.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted