Working in parks

Do you like working outdoors? Would you like to help look after Hackney’s parks and green spaces? If you are interested in a career in Parks and Green Spaces, there are a number of ways into the sector.

 

Volunteering

This is the easiest way to get experience working in parks.

Many green spaces in Hackney have their own user groups or voluntary groups who help look after them.

You may want to get involved before applying for a more formal opportunity.

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a full time job with 20% of your time spent studying.

Apprenticeships last from one to four years, depending on the qualification you’re taking.

There aren’t any apprenticeship opportunities in the Parks and Green Spaces team at the moment, but we plan to offer some in the near future.

In the meantime, there are a number of other apprentice opportunities elsewhere in the Council.

Visit our Apprenticeship Programme Website to learn more, or hear from our apprentices in their own words on our Apprenticeship Blog.

Work Experience

The Parks and Green Spaces Service is happy to offer and support unpaid work experience across the team.

This is a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about how the service works, and to figure out exactly what roles you’d be interested in.

To enquire about unpaid work experience please contact Parks@Hackney.gov.uk

Supported Internships

Hackney’s Supported Internships help young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) develop real work skills, in a real work environment.

The internship is a partnership between Hackney Council and Bsix Sixth Form College.

Young people on the programme gain workplace skills as well as an employability BTEC qualification (Work Skills Entry Level 3).

The qualification is taught by a tutor from Bsix.

Each intern works with a job coach and Supported Employment Advisor; who provides support to make sure they find paid work.

Any Hackney resident who is aged between 16-24 who has a learning difficulty and/or autism can apply.

Previous schemes

Kickstart

In 2021 the Parks and Green Spaces Service hosted two work experience placements, which were paid for and supported by the Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart scheme offered a paid job with a local employer, for young people (16-24) on Universal Credit who were at risk of long term unemployment.

Although the scheme is no longer running, you can get flavour of the type of work that the participants did from this interview.

 

 

Page updated on: 8 June 2022