A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Trainee Roles

We’re looking for 7 people to fill 7 unique trainee roles for the 2013 growing season. Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, community outreach work, local food distribution and horticulture training.

These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work. The roles are voluntary and will run for 9 months from April to December 2013.

These roles are based on a successful informal apprenticeship programme run in 2011 and 2012. Trainees are the new apprentices. Of 8 the apprentices taken on in 2012, 5 have found work in community food growing.

The roles:

  • Production Trainee
    This role will develop skills in all aspects of vegetable production. 1.5 days/week, based at Hawkwood.
  • Vineyard Trainee
    This role will develop skills in organic viticulture and wine and juice production. 1 day/week, based at Hawkwood.
  • Fruit Trainee
    This role will develop the skills required to manage the orchard, trained fruit trees and soft fruit bushes. 1 day/week, based at Hawkwood.
  • Grow to Sell- Box Scheme Trainee
    This role will gain experience in all you need to know to run a local veg box scheme. 1.5 days/week, based at Hawkwood.
  • Grow to Sell- Marketing Trainee
    This role will develop skills in harvesting for a commercial market and selling produce to restaurants and individuals.
  • Community and Outreach Gardens Trainee
    This role will be split across Organiclea sites, supporting volunteers at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery and community groups growing food on their own garden sites in East London: developing skills to support people from diverse communities to grow food. 1.5 days/week.
  • Adult Learning Trainee
    This role will support Organiclea tutors on gardening courses and workshops delivered in partnership with Waltham Forest Community Learning and Skills Service and other community organisations: developing skills as an adult learning tutor. 1.5 days/week at Hawkwood and other teaching sites across East London.

The application process:
Read the full role descriptions. Then please send a CV and covering letter telling us which role you’re applying for, specifically why you want this role and how you fit the requirements of the role. You can apply for more than one role.

Applicants will be short-listed according to how well they meet the criteria in the person specifications and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable urban food production.

If you have questions please contact Jo Clarke on 020 8524 4994 or jo@organiclea.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th February, 10am
Interviews will be held Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th February
Start dates: Wednesday 3rd April and Friday 5th April

Applications should be sent to jo@organiclea.org.uk or post to:
Jo Clarke, Organiclea, Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London E4 7UH

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