29 June 2018
Future regulation for organic farming

Producer meeting in Cirencester

3 July 2018
National Organic Combinable Crops 2018

Booking now open!



18 June 2018
Martin Wolfe receives lifetime achievement award

For services to plant breeding, diversity, the environment and sustainable food production.

11 June 2018
Impacts of conversion to 100% organic management

New research reveals the production impact of a large-scale conversion to organic management in England and Wales



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture


ORC staff: June 2018

Working with us

Paid employment

PROJECT MANAGER AGRICOLOGY
(Grade 7) Salary range £29200 - £32000 Full Time
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The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Project Manager to oversee management of Agricology, a web-based platform supporting farmers and growers in learning about practical sustainable farming regardless of labels. The job holder will play a key role in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the project.

You will be responsible for the management of the project including financial planning and reporting, website management and development, fundraising, project monitoring and reporting, together with line management of relevant staff. You will report to the Senior Programmes Manager at ORC and the Executive Board.

The candidate will possess a BSc (2:1 or higher) and at least 3 years’ experience of project or financial management are essential as is experience with website development and management, team working, a good understanding of GDPR; a keen interest in sustainable agriculture would be advantageous. The candidate should have an independent, proactive and positive approach and a willingness to travel in in the UK and to take on additional duties as required.

The successful candidate will be based at Daylesford, Kingham, with regular work at the Organic Research Centre, near Newbury. The Position is limited to 2 years with a possibility of extension.

Applications must be on the ORC application form. Further details and the application form are below Please quote reference

The closing date for applications is : 9:00am on 16th July 2018. Interviews will be held at the Daylesford Foundation, Kingham on 1st August 2018. .

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, Nic Lampkin. We have recently completed a round of recruitment and are not looking for further Trustees in 2018

Internships

We are currently only accepting applications for internship starting Autumn 2018 and for 2019

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.