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About the opportunity
The head garden volunteer loves to garden and is happy to lead our small team of garden volunteers. We don't have any formal gardens here on site, however we do have a small allotment garden and various areas of planting across the site.
The garden volunteer team look after the outside spaces at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. This includes planting around the car park and Portal Building as well as the Gongoozler allotment garden. They also carry out more general maintenance and DIY tasks such as repairing picnic tables and chairs, painting within the building as well as making event props.
The volunteer will need to be able to use their own initiative to direct the garden volunteer team and see what tasks need doing on a weekly basis. Ideally we are looking for a volunteer who can help two or three days a week.
About Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
Volunteering with Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) is for anyone who has a passion for protecting our heritage, particularly relating to Black Country Canals and Industry; an interest in telling our stories to school children; loves working with the public and getting involved with family events.
We run narrow boat trips along the canal, into the limestone caverns underneath Dudley's Castle Hill. Our core objective is
'The advancement of public education in the history, economy, geology and other features of the Dudley Canal Tunnel and inland waterways; in furtherance of these objectives the charity operates passenger vessels through the Dudley Canal Tunnel and other canals in the region.'
What are we looking for?
Expectations of the role
The Head Garden Volunteer will:
• oversee a team of garden volunteers and direct this team to carry out planned tasks
• with guidance from the operations staff, create a yearly plan of garden tasks so that the team can see what jobs need to be carried out when.
• create weekly jobs lists for the garden volunteers so they know what to do when they come in
• get stuck in with the other garden volunteers to ensure tasks are carried out
Useful knowledge and Skills
• general gardening / maintenance skills
• knowledge of developing / maintaining an allotment
• team leadership skills
Ideally we would like our head garden volunteer to be able to commit to 2 or 3 days per week.
This role would be ideal for someone who is looking to volunteer a couple of times a week.
The role it's self will be physically depending as it involves gardening and maintenance so a good level of fitness and mobility is necessary.