Horticulture Trainer or Therapist

Location:  Share Garden, Grounds of Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, SW17 7DJ

Days:  Available days Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm (11am start on Tuesdays)

Pay:  £15.51 – £17.29 per hour depending on experience (includes extra in lieu of annual leave) 

Contract: Casual bank staff 

The role

We provide training courses for adults with learning disabilities, autism and ill mental health. Our horticulture training runs five days a week in our beautiful 2.5-acre walled garden in the grounds of Springfield University Hospital. You can find out more about our horticulture programme here.

Students come to the garden for educational or wellbeing progression and your main responsibilities would be to support and train our students in the full range of horticultural and craft skills needed for the appropriate qualifications or development. Work is offered on an as-needed basis once you are added to our bank staff. There is no guarantee of work; however we are looking for people who are happy to be contacted at short notice to provide relief or can be booked for block days or weeks in advance. There is potential of a short term contract for the right candidate. 

What we are looking for

You’ll need to love being outdoors and have good horticulture knowledge. You should have experience working with our client group and a training or therapy qualification. You will need to have a can-do attitude and be passionate about supporting disabled people. It’s important that you are reliable, supportive, patient and caring. Our student’s safety is of upmost importance, so knowledge of health and safety within a garden is a must.  

Main responsibilities: 

•    Work with small groups of adults with learning disabilities, autism and ill mental health, delivering individually-tailored social and therapeutic horticulture OR to achieve nationally recognised qualifications 

•    Support students to develop their horticulture skills as well improve their wellbeing and mental health through enjoying the benefits of sensory stimulus 

•    Record, monitor and evaluate individual achievements

•    Teach individuals horticultural tasks such as sowing seeds, setting out plants, planting out, lawn mowing, soil preparation and pruning, whilst educating them on the safe use of tools and materials

•    Help individuals record their own activities and achievements 

•    Support learning and development in an inclusive way, encouraging students to work at their best, to stay motivated and engaged with the task at hand

•    Ensure that you know where students are within the garden, abiding by good health and safety practice 

•    Provide pastoral support where possible, ensuring referral to the manager of any safeguarding issues if appropriate

•    To work always in a spirit of positivity and encouragement and in a way that values diversity

•    To undertake any other tasks that may be reasonably required.

Essential skills and qualifications:

•    Teaching or horticulture therapy qualification

•    Relevant occupational competency in gardening 

•    Experience of working with people who have sensory or communication needs

•    Passionate about horticulture, and an enjoyment of working outdoors in all weathers

•    Excellent interpersonal skills, great team working skills and the ability to relate positively and in a non-discriminatory way to disabled people from a range of backgrounds and communities

•    Able to explain tasks and procedures clearly and simply.

•    Ability to make the activities accessible for students with diverse needs

•    Reliable, punctual, caring, hardworking and able to use your own initiative 

•    The ability to encourage and motivate others

•    Good understanding of and ability to practice effective health and safety in a horticultural working environment

•    First aid trained would be a bonus

How to apply

Please send us:

Please return all the above three documents to hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk.

If you’d like to discuss the role, please contact Ashley Brown who is the Horticulture Manager on 0203 513 6460. Please note we are not always by the phone at our garden, but leave a message and we will contact you back as soon as we can. 

This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check and providing evidence of right to work in the UK.

If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please contact us. 

We are very much looking forward to receiving your application.


Job details
Gillian Webb Memorial Gardens, Grounds of Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, SW17 7DJ
Closing date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 10:00
£15.51 – £17.29 per hour depending on experience (includes extra in lieu of annual leave) 
Contract type: 
Working hours: 
Anytime Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm (11am start on Tuesdays)
Contact email address: 
Contact telephone number: 
0203 513 6460 (Ashley)