Chiswick House Trust Seeks Education and Outreach Officer

To enable community involvement in wide range of classes, events and activities

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A unique opportunity to join the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust team whilst a £12 million historic landscape restoration is underway has arisen.

The Trust is currently seeking an excellent and highly motivated, qualified teacher with a strong interest in the historic and natural environment to lead the development of a schools programme and learning opportunities at this internationally famous site.

Sarah Finch-Crisp told, "Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is currently a small team of two - myself and Head Gardener Fiona Crumley. By necessity we wear a lot of different hats but as the Trust develops over the next few years new roles for both paid employees and volunteers will be created.

"The decision to recruit an Education and Outreach Officer at this early stage reflects the importance the Trust places on community involvement and learning and the desire to enable local schools, other education institutions and the general public to benefit from a wide range of class sessions, events and activities. The House and Gardens provide an extraordinary wealth of information and interest - subject matter directly relevant to school curriculum, local heritage and environmental studies with the advantage of hands on involvement.

"One of the post holder’s first jobs will be to meet and talk with local teachers and education providers to ensure that we put together a schools programme which is tailored to their needs and unlocks the potential of both the house and gardens. Many schools will already have enjoyed the imaginative sessions organised by The Chiswick Kitchen Gardeners in the walled garden and when you think of the possibilities across the whole site you start to realise just how much can be achieved.

"We are immensely grateful to the Ernest Cook Trust and the Friends of Chiswick House for funding this development post. Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is continuing to fundraise for the improvement and expansion of education facilities to ensure that we can offer school sessions and other learning activities throughout the year with room for indoor picnicking and shelter. We are dedicating the old stable yard and associated buildings to this aspect of the Trust's activities."

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Please send your CV with a covering letter setting out how you meet the criteria outlined on the attached Job Description/Person Specification, the key contribution you feel you will bring to the role and contact details to: Sarah Finch-Crisp, Director, Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, North Lodge, Chiswick Gardens, London W4 2QN. Applications to be received no later than 27th March.

This post is supported by The Ernest Cook Trust, The Friends of Chiswick House and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is a Registered Charity no 1109239.


March 5, 2009