11 March 2017
BDAC soil seminar

Intensive course will include insights into soil, life, structure and chemistry

21 March 2017
Soil Health; a living perspective

Optimising soil management for productivity



17 February 2017
Challenges of organic arable farming

Call for applications for online course

20 January 2017
OK-Net Arable at Biofach

Workshop on farmer-led innovation



1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit


ORC staff: June 2016

Working with us

Paid employment

RES1703: ORGANIC BUSINESS/MARKETS RESEARCHER

Grade 6 (£23,360-£28,697)

As part of the Organic Business and Markets Team, this person will contribute to projects related to farm business, markets and supply chain development in organic and diversified crop production. Suitable for graduates in Agriculture with Business/ Ag Econ or similar with research experience.

Closing date: Wednesday 23rd February 2017. Interviews: Friday 3rd March 2017

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

RES1704: LIVESTOCK RESEARCHER

Grade 6 (£23,360-£28,697)

As part of the Livestock Team, this person will contribute to various tasks of the iSAGE (isage.eu) and other livestock related projects and will help develop further our livestock research programme, including a focus on grassland, diverse swards and legumes. Suitable for graduates in Agriculture with research experience /MSc in livestock production or related.

Closing date: Monday 27th February 2017. Interviews: Wednesday 8th March 2017.

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

RES1705: CROPS TECHNICIAN

Grade 4 (£16,661-£19,029) (6 month contract from June).

As part of the Plant Breeding and Crops Systems Teams, this person will assist with running field experiments on arable crops in different organic management systems. Suitable for new graduates in Agriculture or similar interested in developing field research experience.

Closing date: Monday 13th March 2017. Interviews: Tuesday 21st March 2017.

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

ADM1701: ADMINSTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Grade 2/3 (£14,976-£16,323)

As part of our busy Administration Team, this person will assist with operation of our offices including reception activities, our conference venue, office facilities and some staff and team support. Suitable for an enthusiastic person looking for a first job in office administration.

Closing date: Wednesday 1st March 2017. Interviews: Friday 10th March 2017.

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

Volunteers

Volunteer Copywriter

We are looking for a 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 new website providing practical information about sustainable farming for UK farmers and growers. More details here

Charity trustees

If you would be interested in being a Trustee of the Charity, please get in contact with the Director, Nic Lampkin.

Internships

We are currently only accepting applications for internship starting August 2017 or later

We operate an intern/student’s programme linked to our research programmes and projects and it operates in one of three ways:

  1. Funded intern positions that are advertised as paid employment above (if there are none advertised we do not currently have any funded internships available).
  2. Interns who have secured their own funding under other programmes i.e. Erasmus+, bursaries etc.
  3. 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.

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.