2 SEPTEMBER 2022
Sessional tutor for Permaculture design and Introduction to permaculture courses
Brighton Permaculture Trust has at its heart the teaching and dissemination of knowledge about
permaculture design and application. We deliver a comprehensive and growing range of courses on a
variety of issues relevant to permaculture. The core of these are our Building sustainable communities
Permaculture design course (Permaculture Association-certificated PDC), and an Introduction to permaculture course.
We are now seeking freelance tutors to expand our core team of tutors for the PDC and Introduction courses. We aim to offer everyone in our teaching team a friendly, mutually supportive environment to work in.
While you are expected to manage your own time and tasks as a freelance contractor, we all share the
responsibility for ensuring participants have a positive, inspiring experience on our courses. We support each other in our ongoing journey as permaculture learners, educators and practitioners. We welcome your application to join our teaching team.
- Work in a team of contracted workers delivering teaching for our Introduction to permaculture and Permaculture design courses.
- Plan, teach and review the courses.
- Work with the course convenor to plan, develop, revise and use teaching materials that are
up-to-date and relevant to permaculture education, ecological sustainability and
- Attend team meetings to develop and organise the courses (approximately once a month).
- You may be asked to contribute to other specialised courses depending on your expertise;
this would be a separate contractual arrangement
Skills and qualifications
- Hold the PDC qualification awarded by a recognised accrediting body.
- Have completed or has signed up to and begun the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
- Have a relevant teaching qualification for teaching in the lifelong learning sector (or be willing to undertake the relevant qualification).
Knowledge and understanding of permaculture
- A thorough and demonstrable knowledge of theoretical aspects of permaculture design and their place in contemporary aspects of global human ecology.
- Demonstrable practical knowledge and recent application of permaculture design in own life
Qualification and experience of teaching adults
- Proven ability to teach a range of adults in a flexible, dynamic and creative way.
- Has experience of teaching adults in a community or further education sector, using a range of methods including group-work.
Collaboration, working as part of a team
- Can work effectively as part of a team, sharing best practice, supporting and learning from colleagues.
Organisation and planning
- Able to manage own time and workload.
- Aptitude in creating structured, well-planned sessions.
Facilitation and engagement
- Ability to facilitate learning using a range of teaching strategies and resources.
- Relevant practical knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding to motivate and inspire students.
- Experience of planning and delivering online/ blended learning or willingness to develop own skills to incorporate blended learning methodologies into BPT courses.
Care and inclusion – create a safe, respectful, interactive, challenging learning environment
- An understanding of, and experience of actively promoting equality and diversity in learning and community settings.
- A commitment to working within the policies and good practice of Brighton permaculture Trust.
Assessment and coaching
- Previous experience of assessment and giving feedback to learners to progress their knowledge,
skills and understanding of applying permaculture education in context.
- Reflective practice – ability to reflect on own learning to develop teaching and permaculture skills and knowledge
- Willingness to undertake continuing professional development
- Be listed on the Permaculture Association’s Certifying Teachers Register (required to be a lead tutor).
- Have achieved the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design awarded by a recognised accrediting
body within in the last ten years (required to be a lead tutor).
- Be local to the Brighton area and familiar with local projects and resources.
The post is to cover hours as needed on a sessional basis. This includes planning time, staff meetings,
coordination of learner support, and coordination with the convenor and the administration team.
The successful applicant is expected to observe on a voluntary basis at least one full day of Brighton
Permaculture Trust teaching before starting to teach with us. (Travel expenses of up to £30 will be covered with the receipt of a claim form).
Sessional teaching hours are variable, dependent on the number of sessions covered by the Lead and other specialist tutors.
Attendance at regular BPT tutor meetings is required, and a willingness to participate in the evaluation of and reporting on the success of the course(s), including as part of the annual cycle.
Payment for teaching on each course is a fixed fee, paid monthly in arrears. Invoices should be dated the last day of the month and will be paid within 21 days.
£240 per contact day for sole tutors
£160 per contact day for co-tutored days/courses
How to apply
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11th October at 17:00.
Interview date: Tuesday 18th October.