ORC staff: June 2016
Working with us
Fundraising Officer (Grade 7)
Part-time or full-time (60%-100% FTE negotiable)
Salary range: £28,698-£34,234 pro rata
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.
The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 5th June 2017. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Wednesday 14th June 2017.
Download the application pack here (671kb zip file) or download individual components below
- ADM1702 application form
- ADM1702 Covering letter
- ADM1702 Advert Fundraising officer
- ADM1702 Job Description Fundraising Officer
- ORC Outline fundraising strategy 2016-2017
- ORC Additional Information
Communication Assistant Agricology
(Grade 4, Living Wage, £16,324/year)
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.
Applications from individuals must be on an ORC application form. See below. Please quote reference INF 1701 in any correspondence.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 8th June. Interviews: will be held at the Daylesford Foundation, Kingham on Friday 23rd June.
Download the application pack here (1.98mb zip file) or download individual components below
- INF1701 application form
- INF1701 Covering letter
- INF1701 Advert Communications Assistant
- INF1701 Job Description Communication Assistant
- ORC Additional Information
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.
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:
- Funded intern positions that are advertised as paid employment above (if there are none advertised we do not currently have any funded internships available).
- Interns who have secured their own funding under other programmes i.e. Erasmus+, bursaries etc.
- 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.
Opportunities may exist for MSc and PhD research projects linked to our current research areas. Contact the relevant team leader for further information.
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.
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.