We are currently looking for a Market Gardener to join the team at Beechbrae. We’re also looking for new board members to join us as well. See below for job descriptions and information about the roles. For more information send an email to (hello [at] or find us on facebook

Title: Market Gardener
Responsible to: Project Manager and Beechbrae Board
Hours of work: 2 days per week (Monday to Friday with occasional evenings & weekends)
Salary: £20,000 pro rata (16 hours, part time)
Duration of post: from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018
Closing Date: Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 12 noon
Interview Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Job Purpose:

  • To grow food on a market garden scale at Beechbrae Community Garden
  • To manage and develop the forest garden at Beechbrae Orchard
  • To manage and upkeep Beechbrae Wood, Community Garden and Orchard
  • To manage community growing volunteers and provide weekly tasks

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan growing rotations in polytunnels and surrounding area
  • Plan, design and plant the forest garden in the orchard according to permaculture principles
  • Keep Garden and Orchard areas tidy, build infrastructure as needed (shelving, digging drainage etc)
  • Prepare ground for 2018 growing season
  • Design planting plan & purchase appropriate seeds & plants
  • Have good health and safety working practice & carry out risk assessments
  • Offer a welcoming & helpful attitude to people interested in growing food
  • Provide basic training to volunteers on the use of tools, preparing ground for planting, planting & sowing, weeding and vegetable storage
  • Record data of food grown on monthly basis to report to funders
  • Report regularly to management team to ensure targets being met in line with guidelines
  • Any other duties as required to the benefit of the project

The post is subject to a check through the PVG scheme.

PERSON SPECIFICATION – Experience, Skills & Abilities

  • Successful track record of growing vegetables on a market garden scale
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work with, motivate and encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities
  • Proactive self-starter
  • Highly organised, committed and responsible
  • Familiarity of working in an outdoors environment
  • Commitment to organic growing and good horticultural skills
  • Ability to work flexibly, including evenings and occasional weekends


  • Appropriate professional and educational qualifications e.g. NVQ3 or equivalent in amenity horticulture or a directly related field or directly related work experience
  • Proven track record of growing in a garden/ park setting open to the public
  • Prior work experience in an outdoor environment
  • Prior work experience in an educational setting
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Awareness of environmental good practice
  • Knowledge of the concepts of carbon reduction, climate change and the effects of peak oil
  • First Aid training
  • Clean driving licence
  • Resident of Blackridge

To Apply please send CV and and covering letter detailing how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification to before the closing date.

Beechbrae SCIO Trustee Role Profile

About us:
Beechbrae was born out of a dream to live more sustainably and tread lightly on the resources we have. We are a young social enterprise and charity based in a 35 acre young woodland (Beechbrae Wood) in Blackridge, West Lothian. Beechbrae Wood is directly north of the village of Blackridge, on the doorstep of most of the village. We are using this as a base to teach, learn & engage with our natural environment and for the local community to gain skills and knowledge in practical woodland management and sustainability.

Beechbrae was operating informally as an un-constituted group in Blackridge since November 2012. We started very much a grass roots group of people with ideas of how we could make positive impacts in our village by teaching and helping our fellow community engage with the environment. We constituted in November 2013 and have slowly grown by accretion over the last few years. We are now a SCIO (SC046994) and have exciting plans and opportunity on the horizon.

We are currently delivering a community carbon reduction project with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund which involves a community garden, but we also have other small environment and mental health projects happening throughout the year. For a good taste of what we do have a look at our website, or various social media sites

Aims and objectives

  • The advancement of education by providing educational activities for people of all ages and abilities to equip them with skills in developing, managing, and enhancing green space and woodlands and in community growing.
  • The advancement of community development by encouraging the local community to take part in the green space, woodland and community growing activities of Beechbrae with the aim of improving the quality of life for the whole community.
  • The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities available to the local community and to members of the public at large with a view to improving their conditions in life, including (without prejudice to that generality) promoting and improving access to woodland, and through providing, developing and improving the facilities which support access to woodland and greenspace, biodiversity and wildlife.
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement by helping protect, enhance & restore the biodiversity of Blackridge & West Lothian and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

About the role:
The Board is an important part of the success of Beechbrae SCIO over the next few years. Board Members of the charity are responsible for ensuring the organisation is solvent, well run and well led to meet its charitable objectives. In turn, your opportunities as Board member will include:

  • Enhancing your existing skills and knowledge relating to the development of an innovative and dynamic organisation in the Third Sector.
  • Being part of a movement looking to build better ways to use land, care for the environment, increase physical and mental health and build strong communities.
  • For more information about the duties and responsibilities of a charity trustee please see OSCR’s guidelines here.

About you:
Ideally, we are seeking people with experience in one or more of the following organisations and/or technical specialities:

  • Working at Board level in a charity or third sector organisation
  • Funding particularly around social enterprise.
  • HR and People Development.

We welcome all enquiries from people from all walks of life and the public and private sector.


  • Serving on the Board for a minimum of two years. Meetings take place quarterly.
  • Attending an annual Board development day.
  • Representing Beechbrae at other internal and external events according to your availability.
  • Attending out annual AGM and any other exceptional meetings by agreement of the Board.

The total commitment is an average of 4 hours per month.

In return we offer a highly rewarding role with the:

  • Opportunity to enhance your existing skills and knowledge relating to the development of an innovative and dynamic organisation.
  • Chance to play a key role in the running and development of Beechbrae; enabling the organisation to continue its work creating positive social change in Scotland for the benefit of our families, communities and environment.

The majority of meetings take place in Blackridge either at Beechbrae or at the Community Centre (EH48 3SW).

Application process:
To apply, please send us your short CV with a covering letter to explain your interest in joining us by 31 Oct 2017. Send these to (hello [at]

If you would prefer an informal conversation about your interest, please email our Project Manager, Ally Graham (hello [at] to arrange a time or pass on details of other board members for further conversations.


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