Job Vacancies

Outdoor Community Development Worker

  • Salary: £17,550 – £18,474 a year.
  • Closing date for applications: 13th May 2019 at 5pm.

The Barrmill and District Community Association is a North Ayrshire based charity working to improve the village of Barrmill and the surrounding countryside for residents, visitors and wildlife. 

We are recruiting a part-time fixed-term Community Development Worker to work with our volunteers and partners to develop a calendar of events and activities centred around the 4 themes of our community woodland garden – nature, horticulture, health and history.

The Employer

Barrmill and District Community Association (BDCA), are a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining our independent community centre and woodland garden as a local facility for the use of all.  We aim to further develop our role as a focal point for activities in the village and district to increase the community spirit as well as encourage local people to get together for the benefits to their physical and mental health.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, we are now recruiting a part-time Community Development Worker to work 22.5 hours per week over 3 years to assist with the creation and delivery of an events and activities programme centred around our Community Woodland Garden.

The Role

Reporting directly to the BDCA Board, you will be expected to develop a programme of events and activities based around the 4 themes of the garden: horticulture, nature, history and health.

  • You must have project management experience of delivering outdoor projects within a community group setting.
  • You must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills and be able to manage a team of volunteers, working with them to help develop their ideas and skills. This will include volunteer engagement, induction, training and support.
  • You will co-ordinate volunteer activities.
  • You must be able to demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to promote outdoor activities to a range of audiences.
  • You will be expected to make links with new and existing partners from the wider community to encourage the use of the garden.
  • You will have experience of budget and resource management as well as monitoring, evaluating and reporting to funders.
  • You will be expected to represent the Association at relevant partner meetings as necessary.
  • You will promote the project effectively and will attend local community events as necessary.
  • You will provide regular updates to the Board and attend Association meetings as required.


  • A good standard of education, preferably with a Degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience of developing and co-ordinating outdoor based events, activities and projects within a community group setting.
  • Experience of delivering projects based on nature conservation, horticulture, health and heritage.
  • Budget and resource management experience.
  • Experience of monitoring, evaluating and reporting on grant funded projects.
  • A proven track record of leading a team of volunteers.
  • A commitment to flexible working, including evenings and weekends.
  • Experience of using IT packages.
  • The ability to get involved in practical tasks.
  • Excellent social and communication skills.
  • Ability to keep structured records, including timesheets.
  • Ability to effectively manage your own time & workload and forward plan.
  • A clean driving licence and access to a vehicle.


  • Experience of working with a diversity of groups.
  • Experience of writing risk assessments and method statements.
  • Experience of desktop publishing.


  • Employment will be subject to a PVG check.
  • The successful candidate will be required to gain a First Aid Certificate.

Applicants should provide a covering letter with their CV to Roger Griffith,

Interviews will be held on Monday 20th May 2019.