28 June 2017
Allerton Project - 25th Anniversary Open Day

Agricology Field Day at the Allerton Project

6 July 2017
National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC) 2017

OF&G's flagship event will be held in Hampshire

23 May 2017
In-conversion land area on the rise

Defra organic farming stats for 2016 released

15 May 2017
TP Organics: 2017 Call for Organic Innovations

Check out this year's themes & apply!

1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

ORC staff: June 2016

Working with us

Paid employment

Deputy Director Finance and Resources (Grade 10)
Part time (40-60% FTE negotiable)
Salary range: £50,218 minimum pro rata
REF: ADM1704

We are looking to appoint a part-time Deputy Director Finance and Resources to support the strategic development, and be responsible for oversight, of our finances, facilities and human resources, as well as the leadership and management of the administration team.

Candidates must be well qualified and able to demonstrate excellent financial, planning, leadership and management experience and skills. Human resource and IT system management skills in a small organisation context are desirable. Familiarity with Charity accounting and governance regulations, and an interest in the environment and organic farming, are also desirable.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. See below.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 19th June 2017. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Friday 30th June 2017.

Download the application pack here (610kb zip file) or download individual components below

Communication Assistant Agricology
(Grade 4: £16,324 - £19,019)
REF:INF 1701

The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Communication Assistant to support communications for Agricology which is a web-based knowledge platform for practical information on sustainable farming, aiming to encourage farmers and growers to use more agroecological approaches. The job holder will play a key role in promoting new, seasonally relevant content and engaging a wider audience to grow the Agricology community.

S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Agricology social media including: promoting website content, scheduling social media posts, organising Instagram takeovers and producing a monthly video blog. In addition, s/he will support the Project Manager with additional administrative tasks as required. The post will report to the Project Manager.

The candidate will possess an HND or BSc in agriculture or related subject. Knowledge of sustainable farming in a research or technical context and previous experience working with social media is essential. Some research communication and/or journalism experience would be desirable.

S/he should have excellent communication skills and knowledge of various social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Flickr). Photography and/or video skills would be advantageous. The candidate should have an independent, proactive and positive approach and a willingness to take on additional duties as required.

The successful candidate will be based at Daylesford, Kingham, Gloucestershire (with one day per week spent at the Organic Research Centre near Newbury) and must be prepared to travel in the UK when necessary. A part-time role may also be considered, please state in your covering letter if this is of interest.

Applications from individuals must be on an ORC application form. See below. Please quote reference INF 1701 in any correspondence.

Closing date for applications:Tuesday 4th July at 9am. Interviews: will be held at the Daylesford Foundation, Kingham on Wednesday 19th July.

Download the application pack here (1.98mb zip file) or download individual components below

Fundraising Officer (Grade 7)
Part-time or full-time (60%-100% FTE negotiable)
Salary range: £28,698-£34,234 pro rata
REF: ADM1702

We are looking to appoint a Fundraising Officer to support the development of our fundraising programme. This open-ended position will be based at ORCís Elm Farm site near Newbury in Berkshire.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a track record of successful fundraising from High Net Worth Individuals and Trusts plus exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to effectively build and nurture relationships in order to maximise income for the charity. An interest and understanding of organic farming and environmental issues is desirable.

Applications from individuals must be on an ORC application form. See below. Please quote reference ADM1702 in any correspondence.

Applications are still welcome for this post.

Download the application pack here (671kb zip file) or download individual components below


Volunteer Copywriter

We occasionally need creative and motivated volunteer (part-time and home-based) to produce short summaries of web-pages, PDFs, videos, podcasts and online tools for Agricology, a website providing practical information about sustainable farming for UK farmers and growers. More details here. We are full to capacity at the moment but do feel free to register your interest.

Charity trustees

If you would be interested in being a Trustee of the Charity, please get in contact with the Director, Nic Lampkin.


We are currently only accepting applications for internship starting August 2017 or later

We operate an intern/studentís programme linked to our research programmes and projects and it operates in one of three ways:

  1. Funded intern positions that are advertised as paid employment above (if there are none advertised we do not currently have any funded internships available).
  2. Interns who have secured their own funding under other programmes i.e. Erasmus+, bursaries etc.
  3. Graduate or postgraduate students spending time as part of their course undertaking a research project at ORC.

Read an article on Interns at ORC, past and present from the ORC Bulletin 120 - Spring/Summer 2016.

If you meet one of these criteria and are interested in interning or undertaking research as part of a degree with us please contact Dr Bruce Pearce.

If you are looking for practical work opportunities on organic farms, we regret that we are not able to assist. Here are a few links worth trying:

  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK;
  • The Soil Association runs the Future Growers scheme providing traineeships and apprenticeships. They also maintain a list of external job vacancies and opportunities available on organic holdings and at likeminded organisations across the UK;
  • Environment Jobs lists jobs and volunteering opportunities in this area.

Postgraduate research

Opportunities may exist for MSc and PhD research projects linked to our current research areas. Contact the relevant team leader for further information.

Participatory research

Much of our research involves participatory engagement of producers and other businesses - we currently have over 50 businesses working with us and have now established a Participatory Research Network to develop this work. If you are a producer, processor or other business interested in getting involved with research, please contact the Senior Programme Manager.

Partner organisations

ORC works collaboratively on projects and in its dissemination of results with a number of UK and European partners.

Europe-wide, ORC was a founding member of The European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB) Ė for more information see their website www.ecopb.org.

We are members of FQH Ė the International Research Association for Organic Food Quality and Health. www.organicfqhresearch.org.

ORC is also a partner in Organic Centre Wales.

ORC works closely with IOTA, who have undertaken collation and analysis of organic research. Reports with practical recommendations for use by advisers and others is available on www.organicadvice.org.uk/res_reviews_public.htm.

Organic e-prints provides a fully searchable archive for all organic research. To upload results and search projects Europe wide go to www.orgprints.org.