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

Job opportunity

Site Development Worker

Are you:
* passionate about local food production, sustainable building and working with people?
* a ‘handy’ person experienced in both management and delivery of building projects?
* someone who takes a delight in outdoor land-based work?

As Organiclea’s production, distribution, training and volunteering work at our 12-acre Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery & Market Garden develops and evolves, so do the needs and possibilities of the “infrastructure” – the building (warehouse, classroom, toilets, tool shed, offices, workshop, pack house, winery); glasshouse; hard and soft landscape; and biodiversity areas.

We are looking for someone with a diverse range of skills, who will relish a job that is varied, and involves working closely with machines, people and nature!

The Site Development Worker will manage the maintenance of our “soft landscape” of lawns, grassland, leys and meadows; the extensive biodiversity areas, the hard landscape and future planned building developments. They will develop creative training and volunteering opportunities, with an initial focus on young people, in pursuit of these objectives. They will also explore possibilities for enterprise development and/or other income streams such as grants, that might support their work in the longer term. They will work closely with the Infrastructure Worker, coordinating the overall Infrastructure Work Plan and budget, and supporting infrastructure maintenance work as required.

The role is for 3 days per week (Tuesday, and two of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
plus occasional weekend work and some additional unpaid coop responsibilities.
Salary: £21,567 pro rata
Post will be a fixed term 12 month contract, with role review commencing after nine months.
Extension is dependent on role review, project financing and income generated.
Location: Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, Chingford, London E4 7UH

How to apply
Download the full job description and person specification here

Potential applicants interested in visiting us to find out more about our site and our work are warmly encouraged to attend the Volunteer Induction session, on Friday 19th July, 11am – 1 pm. Please advise us in advance if you will be attending.

Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 22nd July.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, outlining how you meet the Person Specification, to Huf Lowman: huf[at]organiclea.org.uk (replace [at] with @) or by post to Hawkwood Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford E4 7UH.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 1st August.
Start date as soon as possible.

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