Jobs at ORC

Working with us

There are lots of ways to get involved with the Organic Research Centre. We look for trustees, partner organisations, postgraduate researchers and also farmers and businesses to take part in our research programmes. Find out how you can work with us.

Staff vacancies

Organic Business and Markets Researcher (G6) REF: RES2202

Salary range: £24,750 – £31,750 per annum depending on experience

We are looking to appoint an Organic Business and Markets Researcher (G6) on a 12-month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. The role involves carrying out research and contributing to projects specifically, but not exclusively, in the fields of farm and food business development, and markets and supply chains as part of the Organic Business and Markets Team and other ORC programmes. Specifically, the work includes:

  • Contributing to a new 3-year research programme into the potential to expand market opportunities for organic farming in the UK.
  • Supporting the development of the next edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook.
  • Contributing to research bids, funding applications, and knowledge exchange in relation to business and markets programme.
  • Helping colleagues represent the programme and ORC at events including conferences and shows.


  • Candidates must possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Agricultural Economics, Agriculture with Business, Agriculture and Food Marketing, or similar.
  • Research experience in at least one of: supply chain management, market data analysis, farm business management, designing and implementing surveys, and statistical methods.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and tools for the archiving of numerical data are also essential, the candidate must be computer literate including Windows and MS Office.
  • The candidate must have good organisational skills, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • The candidate must also be willing to travel within the UK and EU should the project require it.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. Download Application pack or individual components (below).

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 23 May 2022. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on 30 May 2022.

Senior Fundraising Officer – Trusts & Foundations (G7) REF: ADM2204

Salary range: £30,000 – £33,000 (FTE) per annum depending on experience

At this pivotal time, we are looking to appoint a Senior Fundraising Officer – Trusts & Foundations (G7) to join our team to develop and implement the fundraising strategy for securing donations from charitable Trusts and Foundations.  

The successful candidate must have previous experience in a senior fundraising role and in securing high value donations, building successful relationships with charitable Trusts and Foundations, creating and delivering written proposals, and be comfortable working independently and with the wider team to identify potential fundraising opportunities.

Please note, this is a full-time position to be primarily based from our office in Cirencester however, hybrid working arrangements are currently being followed and flexible working patterns and/or home-working would be considered for the right applicant.  In addition we offer a generous holiday entitlement of 25 days excluding public holidays and a NEST pension scheme which matches contributions on a like-for-like basis up to 5% gross salary.

To apply please e-mail a covering letter and CV to by 12:00 noon on Monday 6th June 2022. Applications after the closing deadline may not be considered. Initial interviews will be held at our Cirencester office on 14th June 2022.


Our internship programme is closed until further notice.

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 farmers, 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, farmer, processor or other business interested in getting involved with research, please get in touch.

Partner organisations

ORC works collaboratively on projects and in its dissemination of results with a number of UK and European partners. If you are interested in partnering with us, please do get in touch.

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