Vacancy: JobFarm Coordinator

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

Job Title: JobFarm Coordinator
Accountable to: RHET Manager
Contract: 2 year fixed term contract
Working hours: Part-time, approx. 20 hrs/week including paid meal break (hours to be agreed) Salary: £21,000 -  £24,000 (to be pro-rated)

The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is a long established Scottish Charity that exists to support and encourage the very best of agriculture, communicate and bring to life its value and develop a greater appreciation of the impact of agriculture on everyday life. The RHASS is perhaps best known for the Royal Highland Show in June – a showcase of all the best in food, farming and rural life.

Each year a presidential team are charged with to create a project, pertinent to the rural sector which is ultimately showcased at the Show in June. The 2017/18 Lothian team created JobFarm tasked with collating information, promoting opportunities on job roles in the agricultural industry and offering a unique link for work experience opportunities.

RHASS continues to support the growth of the skill base available to the rural sector and the delivery of the Job Farm remit addresses some of the much-needed help in establishing a hub for information for young people and employers alike.

The JobFarm Coordinator will be a 2-year fixed term position. A three-month probationary period will apply. This post is part-time and based at Ingliston House, Royal Highland Edinburgh EH28 8NB but will involve occasional travel through Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. Flexible working arrangements will be considered, subject to the requirements of the role. Applicants must have a full driving licence.

Purpose of the post
The successful candidate will be responsible for the further development, coordination and updating of the network of farm, rural businesses and school partnerships to widen the current footprint from the Lothian region to Scotland wide.
Partnership engagement – the coordinator will also serve the increasing important role of linking together with other ongoing and developing initiatives in the rural sector surrounding apprenticeships, increasing access to rural employment opportunities with key RHASS Stakeholders including the RHASS Directors, RHET, Farms for Skills group, Developing Young Workforce (DYW), Ringlink, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Lantra etc.

Principal Accountabilities/ Key Tasks

Key responsibilities for the coordinator will include:

  • Develop and establish work experience offerings, including hub/cluster framework for businesses
  • Extend JobFarm engagement to cover all of Scotland
  • Establish links with key RHASS stakeholders such as SDS, Rural Skills groups to promote JobFarm services
  • Improve connectivity and understanding for careers advisors, namely SDS team on current jobs in Scottish food, farming and rural sectors.
  • Attendance at relevant career festivals/events
  • Attendance at to promote JobFarm network at regional and national agricultural shows/events
  • Provide online engagement for teachers, parents to discover more about what opportunities exist and how these can be accessed e.g. webinars
    Keep site and other communication platforms up to date for all audiences
  • Representation on relevant stakeholder groups and timely contact with key organisations also covering the rural career sector
  • Production of regular updates on communication platforms updating opportunities and celebrating successes.
  • Develop links with RHASS and RHET networks and identify future work streams or projects for support.
  • Create and manage school and industry contacts
  • Oversee and create all necessary health & safety and policies and procedures relevant for onfarm work experience
  • Assist with the day-to-day running of the JobFarm, undertaking any administrative related activity that may be deemed necessary.
  • Liaise regularly with RHET Manager to update work progress and development
  • Ambassadorial skills

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Be a self-starter; enjoy a challenge, able to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the on-the-ground activities for JobFarm. Ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and work on own initiative
  • Have an understanding of facilitating work experience in both semi-natural and agricultural land areas
  • Be an excellent communicator and networking skills
  • Knowledge of how to manage resources towards an agreed set of outcomes
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Be organized, enthusiastic, self-motivated and be IT literate
  • Have a full and valid driving licence and/ or access to transport
  • Be willing to undertake any additional training which may be required for the position
  • Have experience of working with volunteers and a committee
  • Good networking skills


  • Professional approach and confidence especially when representing the project externally.
  • Pro-active and able to work on own initiative, managing workload independently. 
  • Flexible approach to working hours, including weekends, when necessary. 
  • Commitment and hard work a priority.
  • Maintain confidentiality of 3rd party agencies and clients.
  • Strength of character.
  • Conscientious.
  • Desire to learn and develop as an individual. 

Please email your CV to by 5.00PM on Friday 18th January 2019.

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