Volunteer Development Manager opportunity at Tam O’Shanter Farm




SALARY:                         £24,000

LOCATION:                    Tam O’Shanter Farm, Boundary Road, Bidston

CONTRACT LENGTH    12 months from 01-07-2020 with 3 months’ probation.


Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farm is a much-loved local resource frequented daily by families with young children, students on school trips, walkers, birdwatchers, animal lovers – in fact, anyone who loves the outdoors.

Set up to provide exactly such a resource for the people of Birkenhead and surrounds, access has always been, and will aim to remain, free of charge.


The Farm regularly receives requests from individuals, and local organisations, offering their time to act as volunteers. To make this successful for all parties we are seeking an individual to undertake volunteer development, training, and management.

This new post will develop and manage a safe and rewarding programme for volunteers to encompass all ages and abilities and include such as a young farmers club, school and college placements, supported placements for those with special needs, Duke of Edinburgh Awards students and work-based volunteer programmes.

Volunteering opportunities should include animal welfare, horticultural, visitor engagement, hospitality (in conjunction with the café operators), ground maintenance, painting etc. and anything else the post holder can design and deliver.


The Volunteer Development Manager will –

  1. develop a volunteering strategy to enable the farm to be a centre of excellence for volunteering.
  2. liaise with the Farm Manager and Café operators to set the programmes of work.
  3. promote and develop good practices covering all aspects of volunteer involvement including for example policies and procedures in compliance with the relevant legislation.
  4. be responsible for interviewing individuals wishing to volunteer, arranging appropriate support and guidance where necessary.
  5. develop, monitor, and evaluate volunteering opportunities for those individuals requiring additional support to achieve their goal of accessing voluntary work.

This vacancy would ideally suit someone with experience of working with,, and setting up, projects for young people and people with additional needs – and someone with energy, enthusiasm, and an ability to work unsupervised, as well being a team player!

In return, we can offer a unique working environment, and room for you to stretch your skills and imagination as far as you feel able.

It’s not hard to find people wanting to volunteer at our wonderful farm, but we do need someone who can set up effective, useful, and safe programmes of work and projects with clear outcomes and learnings.

Our Volunteer Development Manager will, in partnership with the Income Generation Manager,

  • Develop and introduce a volunteer and work placement programme.
  • Develop and implement appropriate and relevant policies, procedures, and supervision arrangements to support volunteers and those undertaking work placements.

So – we need someone to develop and manage a project and to train up others to manage volunteer teams, in partnership as detailed below

We need to find someone to work with, not just the public using social media campaigns to get more volunteers, but also to contact and work with organisations including Youth Federation, Colleges, Princes Trust and Magenta Living to develop a few different schemes.

Suggested schemes would be:

  • Young Farmers – 10 to 14 years
  • Teenage Volunteers – 14 to 16 years
  • 16 – 25 Year olds
  • Over 25-year-old NEETS
  • Corporate Scheme
  • Over 60s / Retired
Essential – All  Self-starter with good strong, evidential self-management skills. Good standard of education. Good communication skills written and verbal. Personable, with ability to work as part of a team. Understanding of equal opportunity and gender equality issues. Computer literate: word processing, emailing etc. Willingness to undertake training. Ability to liaise in a professional manner with members of the public, agencies and individuals at all levels. Understanding of community development and involving stakeholders in project plans.    
Essential – Volunteer Development ManagerPrevious experience of managing staff and/or volunteers  
Desirable/Additional  Understanding of, and training in, safeguarding procedures, child protection issues and legal responsibilities. HR, or similar, management qualification. Project management qualification.  

We would like this post to commence at the start of September or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing date for applications will be 4pm on 21st August. Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 24th August

All enquiries to hello@tamoshanterfarm.org.uk


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