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

Trainee Roles

We’re looking for 8 people to fill our trainee roles for 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Organiclea community and to take on a specific area of learning and responsibility in community food growing, local food distribution, and infrastructure work.

These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work and growing. The roles are voluntary.

The roles start in the week beginning 3 April and run until the end of December 2017.


The roles:

Grower (Plants and Production) trainee. Two roles – 9 months, 1.5 days per week.

This role will develop skills in all aspects of vegetable production. Full role description


Grower to Grocer trainee. Two roles – 9 months, 1.5 days per week.

As well as developing skills in vegetable production, this role will focus on preparing produce for a commercial market. Full role description


Grower (Horticulture with Fruit and Vines focus). Two roles – 9 months, 1 day per week.

This role will develop the skills required to manage orchards, trained fruit trees and soft fruit bushes, and develop skills in organic wine production and other fruit processing and preserving methods. Full role description


Farm and Garden trainee. One role – 9 months, 1 day per week

In 2017 we are starting a new growing project at Hawkwood, focused on using machinery, allowing us to be more productive.This traineeship will suit someone looking to develop their skills as a market gardener, and wanting to gain a broad understanding of work on a community garden as well as a commercial grower. Full role description


Infrastructure trainee. One role – 9 months, 1 day per week

This role will be focused on the site management aspects required to maintain and develop Hawkwood plant nursery and will also play a supporting role in the harvesting and growing of vegetables and plants. Full role description


The application process:
Please read the full role descriptions. Then send a CV and covering letter telling us

  • which role you’re applying for
  • specifically why you want this role
  • how you fit the person specification (in the role description)

You can apply for more than one role.

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

Please do contact Sunniva if you want to chat through the roles or process, before you apply, or if you’d like to ask any questions. Call 020 8524 4994 or email sunniva[at]organiclea.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 27 February
Interviews will be held week commencing 7 March
Start dates: week commencing 4 April

Applications should be sent to sunniva[at]organiclea.org.uk or post to:

Sunniva Taylor, Organiclea, Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery
115 Hawkwood Crescent, London E4 7UH


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