Food, Farming and Horticulture Tutor at the Pierburg Centre with Kauffman Garden and Valentin Farm

On the Dumfries House Estate near Cumnock, Ayrshire as well as the world-class heritage sites there are seven bespoke training centres delivering the Dumfries House Education programme. They have grown from the vision of His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay’s desire to see young people engage in learning experiences that promote confidence, personal development and offer training in real life skills. All of our centres and programmes are available to schools, youth groups, local authorities and other organisations offering a unique experience for those who attend.

The Pierburg Centre and Valentin Farm provides experiential indoor and outdoor learning for Primary and early Secondary school pupils and teachers, aimed to help inspire and engage young people in food, farming and horticulture topics.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed full-time Tutor (37.5hrs per week) to join our team, reporting to the Food, Farming and Horticulture Curriculum Manager.

Salary Scale: £18k - £26.5k

The successful candidate will be an excellent team player and will share Dumfries House estate’s passion for encouraging young people to work towards their maximum learning potential. You will possess the ability to work effectively, cooperatively and respectfully with children, parents, teachers and members of the public.

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; planning, setting agendas, coordinating/conducting meetings, events and workshops.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills are required and the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record of educating and engaging with young people through food, farming and horticulture activities.
  • The ability to work within a team environment, yet demonstrate personal drive, accountability and ownership to deliver a high level of output is essential.
  • A focus on creativity, innovation and continuous improvement is required to develop new ways to engage with our target audience of young people and career influencers.
  • The ability to be flexible based on program needs.

Duties would include:

  • The candidate will help deliver a programme of workshops across food, horticulture and farming education areas to school groups and also teachers and members of the public through community engagement projects.
  • Develop a series of lessons/programmes of work on Food, Farming and Horticulture, based on Curriculum for Excellence, delivering these to pupils and adults.
  • Effective hands on delivery of workshops with appropriate resource and time management.
  • Ensure workshops are set up and work areas prepared for each delivery session.
  • Support schools on food, farming and horticulture related issues and training.
  • Support the Curriculum Manager to help develop, deliver and coordinate the workshops for school audiences and at external events.
  • Work with local authorities and external partners to deliver appropriate programs.
  • Support administration for the Education Centre to include school bookings and enquiries.
  • Carry out risk assessments as required for planned activities.
  • >Required Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

    • The successful candidate should be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant subject or with equivalent experience in industry.
    • Experience of working in an educational setting.
    • Knowledge of horticulture and experience in horticulture programmes would be an advantage.
    • Knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence in relation to food, farming, horticulture and interdisciplinary learning would be beneficial.
    • An interest in nutrition and cooking.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Good organisational skills and ability to manage deadlines.
    • An understanding of the application of Health and Safety to learning environment.
    • Knowledge of the initiatives and stakeholders relevant to the food, farming and horticulture sectors.
    • An understanding of current education provision and employment routes in food, farming and horticulture sectors.


    • The post will be based at Dumfries House, Cumnock Ayrshire with the requirement to travel on occasion. A driving licence is required for this post; mileage expenses over and above the normal commute to and from work will be paid.
    • Your working hours will be based on 37.5 hours per week linked to the target audience needs. Job share may be considered for suitable candidates.
    • You must have the legal right to work in the UK.
    • This post is considered to be Regulated Work with children as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) (PVG) Act 2007. Accordingly the preferred candidate will be required to become a member of the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if already a Scheme member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made. If you wish further information on the PVG Scheme you can visit the Disclosure Scotland website at www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

    Application Process:

    To apply please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to education@dumfries-house.org.uk. Please title email: [Insert Name] Food, Farming & Horticulture Tutor.

    The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20th March 2019.