Now Hiring – Nov 14th 2020


Project Development Leader Role for ‘Tools Shed’


The Conservation Foundation is one of the UK’s most respected small charities. We create and lead diverse environmental projects in both the UK and developing countries.

The effects of COVID-19 on individuals and organisations have been enormous, and likewise on charities. Even in challenging times, The Conservation Foundation has been successfully managing existing projects and started new ones. As a result of COVID-19, one of our flagship projects ‘Tools Shed’ has been delayed in its completion, but this gives us an exciting opportunity to recruit a Project Development Leader in order to bring a new phase to develop and continue the project beyond its current funding phase.

The Project

Working in association with HM Prisons and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Tools Shed repairs broken or unwanted garden hand-tools and donates them to local schools and community gardens. The tools are refurbished in prison workshops, to provide prisoners with training and experience to support them in finding employment post-release.

The Role

The role of the Project Development Leader is to:

– Develop and implement a fundraising strategy for the Tools Shed project

– Identify new sources of funding for Tools Shed to continue after the end of funding from the National Lottery (currently August 2021)

– Produce proposals and funding applications to potential supporters, with the aim of generating commitment for at least £250,000 for the Tools Shed project

– Undertake presentations to potential supports as and when appropriate and possible due to restrictions due to COVID-19

– Produce monthly reports for the Director and Board of Trustees

What We’re Looking For

You will be a dynamic self-starter with an interest in the importance of recycling, passion for the environment and the importance of local community ‘green action’. You will be open-minded and curious as to how prison offenders can be supported to contribute to society.

The position’s main role is to recruit additional supporters for the project, and you will do so by working closely with the Project Manager and Foundation’s Director.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tools are not being collected and prison workshops are closed until March 2021, possibly later. It is anticipated that most of the work will be home-based, although there may be the need for occasional travel to external meetings, as well as TCF’s offices at the RGS in London.


This is a part time six-month fixed term contract (1 January 2021- 30 June 2021); it is intended that the position will be extended, but it is dependent on new income being generated

The position comes with a monthly fee of £1,500

Occasional other expenses will also be covered, including business travel if needed.

If this is all you – send us your CV and a cover letter at