Construction Workshop Leader

  • Full time or Part time
  • £28,470 – £31,070
  • On site: Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th June 2024

  • Advertised from 29th May 2024


Edible Estates is seeking to recruit either a full time workshop leader or 2 part-time workshop leaders, to deliver construction workshops in community gardens in Edinburgh. Edible Estates is a Community Interest Company set up in 2017 to instigate and deliver community greenspace projects across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Since 2021, we have been been contracted to Edinburgh Council to deliver upon its Community Gardening Framework, supporting community gardening in the city’s council estates. We have been responsible for the construction of over twenty community gardens across the city. Our Learning & Wellbeing Programme seeks to use the construction of our community gardens as an opportunity to provide learning and wellbeing activities for folk of all ages, including high school pupils, young adults and the over fifties.

The Construction Workshop Leaders deliver volunteer workshops within our Learning & Wellbeing Programme. These workshops play an important role in the construction of the community gardens and other green infrastructure projects which we deliver in Council estates across Edinburgh. The successful candidate will have experience and skills in joinery and general construction coupled with the ability to lead small groups of volunteers (up to five participants) in construction activities. In particular, experience of first fix joinery, roofing and timber cladding, simple foundations and other general construction activities is important. Experience in landscaping and/or horticulture would be advantageous but not essential.

Construction Workshop Leaders have responsibility for the planning, preparation and delivery of workshops to build bespoke timber stud construction sheds and other garden infrastructure in community gardens across Edinburgh. The workshops would also support the development of participants’ soft skills.

Some of the workshops will be delivered to groups of adult volunteers under our Lend A Hand project, some to high school aged pupils under our Growing Youth - High Schools project, or to young adults (16-24) through the Growing Youth - Young Adults project. The overarching aim of these projects is to provide learners and volunteers with practical experiences which will improve their life chances and support them on to positive destinations, such as employment, further volunteering, training and education. The workshops should be safe, enjoyable, paced to the needs of the participants and result in good quality construction, as well as a positive experience for volunteers.

Application notes

An application form is available to download below.

Closing date - 9am on Monday 24th June

Interview date - w/c 1st July