Contract Opportunity – Freelance Project Officer

Contract Length: 1st March 2022 – 28 February 2023

Location: Braehead Community Garden (a laptop will be provided to faciliate home working where necessary)

Contract Value:  667 hours @ £15 per hour = £10,125

For more information, or to apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you would be perfect for the position, to

Braehead Community Garden is an 11,000 square metre facility in Stirling with raised beds, polytunnels, a clubhouse, picnic area, apiary, orchard, toolshed, workshop and more.  The garden is a lottery funded project run by Braehead, Broomridge and District Community Development Trust ( The garden is the Trust’s key project and exists to help create a vibrant, connected community which flourishes as a key part of 21st Century Stirling with healthy, happy residents.

BBDCDT are looking to employ on a freelance basis an individual to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Be the first point of contact within the community for those wishing to access the garden
  2. Undertake outreach work within the community to promote the garden and encourage people into it
  3. Form relationships with other community and third sector partners to maximise use and occupancy of the garden and administer bookings
  4. Develop volunteer opportunities and support and encourage volunteers in a variety of garden activities and projects, anchored in food growing, food distribution, and mental health (predominantly May-September)
  5. Assist and support community and fund-raising events within the garden, including the annual plant sale, flower show and pumpkin festival
  6. Assist in the development of new projects and activities
  7. Assist in developing a business plan for a social enterprise based on polytunnel food growing (see note below)
  8. Identify future funding sources to continue and expand the role beyond the one year contract

It is expected that you will work 15 hours each week during the gardening season (Mar-Oct) and 10 hours per week (non-gardening season Nov-Feb).  In the gardening season we expect Sat 1000-1400rs to be included, but other hours are as required.

You will ultimately report to the Board of Trustees, with day to day management of the contract the responsibility of the Trust Secretary.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Confident social media and IT user
  • Able to work to a high degree of independence (some lone working will be required)
  • Commitment to the success and sustainability of the project
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues

Desirable skills

  • Food hygiene certificate
  • First Aid certificate
  • Experience and/or keen interest in gardening and/or cooking
  • Experience and/or keen interest in environmental sustainability and food security
  • Knowledge and experience of local food issues
  • UK Driving Licence

The job may involve working with children and vulnerable groups therefore the successful candidate would be expected to secure a Disclosure check.

Social Enterprise Note

During the pandemic two of our four polytunnels, and 25 of our external raised bed were dedicated to a ‘market garden’ project.  This involved a small team of volunteers propagating, cultivating and harvesting a variety of fruit and vegetables.   The produce was sold to local people and distributed to local groups to help with food security.  The success of this project has exceeded all expectation and the Trust would like to formalise the project and develop a social enterprise where we propagate plants for sale in the spring, cultivate crops for harvest and sale in the summer/early Autumn, and then create food products (preserves, jams, chutneys, chilli infused oils, dried fruits, honey from our apiary, eggs from our flock of hens, etc) in late Autumn/winter.