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FORAGING INSTRUCTOR: annuised £11,500 - £19,000 plus, three-four days' facilitating courses March - November, plus additional private course work, also additional winter work may be available for the right candidate.

 

Start date: March 2022
 

We are seeking experienced UK-mainland based foraging instructors (minimum 12 months of delivering regular courses) to deliver outdoor courses in sustainable foraging and plant/fungi identification. 
 

Instructors must have strong plant and fungi identification skills, excellent interpersonal skills, be a good presenter of information, enjoy sharing knowledge with groups of people, understand the importance of conservation and sustainability, show excellent attention to detail, and have proven experience of public speaking. 

In addition, instructors should be equally happy working alone or as part of a team, be familiar with health and safety legislation and risk assessment preparation, and either have qualifications in, or be prepared to work towards qualifications in, first aid, food hygiene and outdoor education. 

The ideal candidates will have proven desire to constantly expand personal knowledge of and keep up-to-date with the latest information on the subject. 

There is also a requirement for instructors to be able to prepare samples of wild food recipes for consumption by foraging course participants. This can include hot, cold and preserved foods.

The role is outdoor based so instructors must be happy to work in all weathers and across varying terrains. Due to the nature of the courses, candidates will need to have their own transport, and, on foraging courses, bring with them bags weighing several kilos during sessions lasting 3.5 hours or longer. 

Instructor positions are only suitable for those with strong plant and fungi identifications skills - we do not currently have any trainee or apprenticeship vacancies.

 

Successful candidates will be expected to run wild food and related courses exclusively under an on payroll employment contract for The Foraging Course Company. However, additional employment in an unrelated sector would be permitted. 

Core working days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during March to November. Weekend only working is an option, but weekday only working will not be considered. During the winter months, instructors can choose to take the entire winter off or facilitate additional courses, subject to them having necessary skills for course delivery.

A proven track record of CPD and a willingness to continue with CPD will be an advantage.

Please send your CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability and experience to info@foragingcoursecompany.co.uk  
 

Initial interviews will be held via telephone or video call. Second interviews will be face-to-face in The Midlands and will include an identification, knowledge and teaching assessment. Final assessment will be in person during a scheduled foraging course.

All successful candidates will undergo initial training to ensure delivery of courses in the style and manner used by The Foraging Course Company.

Applications will be closed when suitable candidates have been selected.

If you have any queries about this role or anything else recruitment related, please email the above address. Telephone queries will be redirected back to email.

FORAGING COURSE ASSISTANT/TRAINEE INSTRUCTOR - WARWICKSHIRE/MIDLANDS-BASED WITH TRAVEL  -

We are seeking a foraging course assistant/trainee instructor who is based in the Warwickshire/Central Midlands area but will cover courses across the central belt of England. The successful applicant will have aspirations to become a foraging instructor in the near future.

 

It is essential for applicants to have good plant and/or fungi identification skills (this will be assessed at interview), enthusiasm for learning more, excellent interpersonal skills, be a good presenter of information, enjoy sharing knowledge with groups of people, understand the importance of conservation and sustainability, and have proven experience of public speaking.

 

The role will include helping with course recces, assisting with explaining to participants how to identify plants and mushrooms, carrying equipment, helping in ensuring Covid-secure and health and safety measures are adhered to, and keeping up-to-date with the latest scientific information regarding plants, fungi and the environment. This is not an exhaustive list.

 

In addition, the successful candidate should be happy working alone or as part of a team, be prepared to educate themselves in health and safety legislation and risk assessment preparation, and either have qualifications in, or be prepared to work towards qualifications in, first aid, food hygiene and outdoor education.

 

As the role progresses, there will be the requirement for the successful applicant to be able to prepare samples of wild food recipes for consumption by foraging course participants. This can include hot, cold and preserved foods.

 

The role is outdoor based so candidates must be happy to work in all weathers and across varying terrains. Due to the nature of the courses, candidates will need to have their own transport, and, on foraging courses, the facility to bring with them bags weighing several kilos during sessions lasting 3.5 hours or longer.

 

The person we are seeking will be dedicated, reliable and prepared to put in the effort to becoming an instructor. They will be eager to learn and progress, and for the right candidate a busy calendar of courses awaits. Courses are run predominantly on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays - these are core working days and not negotiable.

 

Successful candidates will be required work on wild food and outdoor related courses exclusively under contract for The Foraging Course Company, but, due to the seasonal and part-time nature of the role, a part-time position in an unrelated industry would be considered under the contract.

 

A proven track record of CPD and a willingness to continue with CPD will be a distinct advantage.

 

Salary: £10 per hour

 

Applications will close on 31 January 2022 or when a suitable candidate is found

 

The role is seasonal (core months March to November) with part-time working between 24 - 32 hours per week

Please send your CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability and experience to info@foragingcoursecompany.co.uk 

If you have any queries about this role or anything else recruitment related, please email the above address. Telephone queries will be redirected back to email.