Flower Valley TURNS 20 years old – and continues its work to protect fynbos landscapes, and support early childhood development.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust is an NGO situated in the Agulhas Region with a key focus on improving livelihoods and natural resource management for the conservation of Fynbos. At the centre of the Trust is the Flower Valley Farm, near Gansbaai, consisting of 540Ha of pristine fynbos. The farm showcases good land use management, and provides a platform for research, monitoring and learning for the activities of the organisation. A wonderful opportunity is available for an Assistant Farm Manager to contribute towards conservation.
- Ensure update and implementation of the farm management plan.
- Ensure that all infrastructure (buildings, roads, hiking trails, boardwalks and water transfer systems) on the farm is well maintained.
- Maintain an up to date register and maintenance schedule for all farm assets.
- Create and maintain firebreaks in accordance with the farm management plan that meets legal compliance.
- Ensure that preparation work for control burns are met and assist with fire management on the farm.
- Manage and keep accurate records of assets, herbicide control and petrol usages on the farm.
- Ensure that the farm meets all health and safety compliances.
- Ensure that all signage on the farm is in place and well maintained.
- Meet guests and visitors to the farm.
- Provide and coordinate logistical support for ecotourism activities where required to visitors & guests for example, fynbos tours and tractor rides
- Supervise all farm staff directly involved in the operational duties of the farm, and any other people contracted in for specialised services such as fynbos harvesting, building contractors and invasive alien contracting teams.
- General office duties relating to the above activities.
- Dynamic and creative person who enjoys being outdoors, as well as working with people.
- Must be practical and hands-on to assist with the day-to-day activities.
- Previous experience in maintenance of infrastructure or permaculture.
- An appropriate qualification in Nature Conservation, Agriculture or FGASA training.
- Good computer literacy skills.
- Knowledge of fynbos and local indigenous forests.
- Good knowledge and experience with fynbos fires.
- Experience with data collection for ongoing monitoring.
- Must have a valid driver’s license. A PDP and EB license will be an advantage.
- Experience in driving a tractor and trailer.
- Speak at least two of South Africa’s official languages.
- Confident to engage with the public and showcase the work done on the farm.
- Pro-active and self-motivated individual.
Salary package will be discussed based on an individual’s experience. A job competency test may be done before an individual is appointed.
Apply by submitting your CV and a motivation letter to email@example.com by the 12th of March 2019.
Flower Valley News
Every organisation reviews its strategy from time to time, to seize new opportunities and prepare for new challenges. Our review over the last year has been a great team-building exercise – and has led us to our new vision statement:
A Fynbos-Filled Future for Life and Livelihoods
I love it. It’s so simple, yet captures the many layers of our work. For me, it’s especially important in that it highlights the role of people in Fynbos. All our work takes place through a people-centred approach: of learning, demonstration and collaboration.
To focus on collaboration: we partner with harvesters, landowners, suppliers, retailers, parents, children, government – and so many more. Together we bring about positive change. I want to thank all these partners for the teamwork and successes we have enjoyed together this year.
And I also want to thank the many funders who have over the years been partners too. It’s all those companies, organisations, philanthropic individuals and Trusts who invest in this vision: in Fynbos landscapes and Fynbos livelihoods.
It’s clear South Africa’s economy is in a difficult place right now. We can see the effects of this in both the conservation and agricultural sectors. This makes it all the more important to ensure our work offers a good return on investment. And it does! So thank you for your support. We’ll continue to provide those returns: safeguarding ecosystems, securing livelihoods and nurturing young children.
One final thought: It feels really good to give a green gift on festive occasions. What about a green gift from Flower Valley Farm – adopting a hectare of Fynbos and forests for a year for a family member or friend? Please support this cause. Here’s how.
May you have a wonderful festive season. We look forward to your continued support and partnership next year.
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The Flower Valley Conservation Trust’s annual report for 2017 – 2018 is now available. And for Executive Director, Lesley Richardson, Flower Valley has (and continues to) focus on better lives, protected natural landscapes and greater sustainability. These are all things the funders of today want to see. And that’s how the Trust invests in the future. The full report is available here.
The Good Hope Early Childhood Development Centre in Masakhane is now able to accommodate an additional 60 children.
The centre, which serves children from birth to 5 years of age, has been extended with an additional site operating since October.
The existing site already cares for 40 children. The centre has also now opened its doors at the old primary school in Masakhane.
The centre forms part of the Flower Valley Early Childhood Development Programme. According to the programme’s manager, Gabbi Jonker, the growth is thanks to the strong partnerships that have formed around the centre.
How it all started
Flower Valley Conservation Trust has supported and worked in partnership with the Good Hope ECD Centre since 2014. This initial work came through Flower Valley’s partnership with the Western Cape Department of Social Development. Important ground work was initiated through collaboration with the Overstrand Municipality and Masakhane parents and residents, and Good Hope staff.
Partnerships continued to grow to include initial infrastructure input (from Gamko Services), and resource support and monitoring of qualification training, thanks to Enlighten Education Trust and the Nicolette Botha-Guthrie Trust Fund. Boland College also supported teacher qualification training.
Gabbi says in the past 18 months, partnerships have grown substantially. Thanks to the Grootbos Foundation, children have a wonderful new outdoor play area at the new site. The Grootbos Foundation and the Overstrand Municipality joined hands in the renovation of the new site. Grootbos Foundation has also accessed funding to provide seed capital to co-finance a large percentage of salaries. At the same time, Aquinion brought their Payroll expertise to the centre, and also assist with human resource activities.
A vibrant and heartfelt atmosphere
The governing body of the Good Hope ECD Centre now consists of strong representatives of multiple stakeholders. This diversity of skills, knowledge, expertise and care provides a solid basis on which to work towards sustainable service delivery for the children of the Good Hope ECD Centre.
Flower Valley currently supports the Good Hope Centre in all aspects of administration, management, governance, registration, learning programme and teacher training, staff and partnership development, and supporting environmental education in the curriculum. Gabbi says that thanks to the valuable partners, this work takes place in an atmosphere that is vibrant and heartfelt, reflecting a common purpose of equal access to good quality early childhood developmental opportunities.
“It takes many committed persons, government and non-profit organisations to stand together to create a better world. Only together can we support life-affirming environments for our young children and in so doing for our society as a whole. Thank you all for joining hearts and hands in this wonderful initiative.”
For more information please contact: Gabbi Jonker: firstname.lastname@example.org