We are recruiting

Action for Local Food, Climate Action

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced more than £14 million in grants for communities across the UK to help tackle climate change.

The grants are the first to be announced as part of the ten-year £100m National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund. Here at Octopus Community Network we are delighted to announce that our collaboration with Global Generation has resulted in our 18-month Development Project being funded.  So, we are recruiting to fill two posts assigned to the project.

 

 

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We are now seeking two people to fill the Climate Action posts, which offer a fantastic opportunity to join an established and passionate team delivering a community-led Urban Growing programme in Islington. Over the next 18-months, we are embarking upon a development programme that broadly employs the three permaculture ethics as part of an ambitious rethink that puts food at the heat of our response to the climate emergency.

You will focus on building a movement of people who are passionate about a sustainable approach to growing, including food growing in our community. A key objective of the role will be to initiate and sustain a community-led Call to Action, which will influence the creation of a draft sustainable local food policy and a community-led growing strategy.

 

Your ability to observe what is there and what is needed, survey and make good analysis of findings is key. As is your ability to work with others to co-design a brand-new programme of activities, implement pilot testing, capture and exchange learning. So, you will need to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, be highly organized with a quick thinking, problem solving attitude. Excellent communication skills are essential and strong skills in social media communications is a must. You are required to be a great team player, yet capable of working on your own, using your own initiative.

 

As well as applying your practical skills and know-how to support the development of innovative food growing spaces, you will responsible for network building, movement making, influencing and public relations. As a result, you will play a key role in achieving an authentic community-led approach to climate action, whilst raising the profile of the project at a strategic and grass-roots level. 

 

The project offers a unique opportunity to develop innovative food growing spaces in some of the most unusual and sometimes unassuming places in Islington. So, if you are eager to make a difference and can demonstrate that you are passionate about climate change, implementing innovative ways to gardening concrete and developing an urban food system, this job is for you. It will be highly rewarding with tangible and intangible experiences that you will keep for life!

Email: rosie@octopuscommunities.org.uk for more details and a Recruitment Pack.

 

Community Plant Nursery - Learning Hub

A successful application to the City Bridge Trust's Bridging Divides programme, means that we are able to transform the newly established Community Plant Nursery into a thriving community-led learning hub and food growing resource.

Over the next five years the project will achieve the following:

- 8 new growing spaces will be created

- 10 community food hubs will be developed

- Annual Environmental Summer Schools for children, young people and families

- 1520 people improve their food security

- 10 community centres collaborate to offer a vibrant community food hub offer

- 1520 people contribute to increase local food production

We are now seeking a 'Plant Cultivator' who can bring their skills, knowledge, expertise (and green fingers) to help the team develop a thriving resource. 

If you want to find out more about this post email rosie@octopuscommunities.org.uk

 

Climate Action Officer, Food Waste

Salary £10,800 + 5% workplace pension, part-time, 15-hours per week, 18-months

The post of Climate Action Officer (Food Waste) will focus on building a movement of people who are passionate about reducing food waste and distribution of food surplus in our community. A key objective of the role will be to initiate and sustain a community-led Call to Action to the community on reducing food waste.

Applications to be received by: 5pm on Friday 2nd October 2020

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Climate Action Officer, Sustainable Gardening

Salary £19,500 + 5% workplace pension, 22.5 hours per week, 18-months

The post of Climate Action Officer (Sustainable Gardening) will focus on building a movement of people who are passionate about a sustainable approach to growing, including food growing in our community. A key objective of the role will be to initiate and sustain a community-led Call to Action, which will influence the creation of a draft sustainable local food policy and a community-led growing strategy.

 

Applications to be received by: 5pm on Friday 2nd October 2020

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Plant Cultivator, Community Plant Nursery

Salary: £17,000 + 5% workplace pension (15 hours part-time/flexible hours)

The post holder will be responsible for and oversee all aspects of plant selection, care and production for urban food growing at the Community Plant Nursery; to maximise food growing output and to facilitate Islington wide food growing targeted to Community Centre Food Hubs and vulnerable families.

 

Applications to be received by: 5pm on Friday 9th October 2020

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 16th October 2020

Interested in our vacancies?

Please contact Rosie - rosie@octopuscommunities.org.uk for more information and a recruitment pack.  We will not be accepting C.V.s as part of the recruitment process or in place of a completed application form.