18 May 2020
5th European Agroforestry Conference

Nuoro, Sardinia. Call for abstracts

7 July 2020
OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops 2020

NOCC20 will take place on John Pawsey’s Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk



12 February 2020
Global organic area continues to grow

Over 71.5 million hectares of farmland are organic

30 January 2020
Soil analysis in organic farming and growing

EIP Soils Technical Guide No.1



21 January 2020
Organic Research Centre starts 40th year at new headquarters

ORC is now operational from Trent Lodge in Cirencester.


ORC staff at Trent Lodge, Jan 2020

Working with us

Paid employment

Research Coordination Officer (G7)
REF: RES2001
Salary range: £30-35K per annum

ORC is looking to appoint a Research Coordination Officer (G7) to work with senior staff to ensure an efficient planning, implementation and final close-down of ORC research and knowledge exchange projects. The principal duties will be to oversee and coordinate the provision of project administration and staff resources as well as coordinating and assisting with project reporting and bidding, staff reporting and QA for ORC.

Candidates must be qualified to at least degree level and have a project management qualification. Experience of project and programme management and administration is essential as well as experience of project resource and financial management. Proven communication and interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to work with a range of both internal and external partners.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are essential. An interest in the environment and organic farming is desirable.

Applications must be on an ORC application form (see below). Further enquiries to recruitment (at) organicresearchcentre.com Please quote reference RES2001.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 17th February 2020. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre, Cirencester on Monday 1st March 2020.

Download the application pack here (0.6mb zip file) or download individual components below

Volunteers

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, Stuart Rogers.

Internships

Our internship programme is closed until further notice

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) – for more information see their website www.ecopb.org.

We are members of FQH – 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.