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OrganicLea Trainee roles for 2016

Organiclea are looking for 8 people to fill 8 exciting trainee roles for 2016.

Each role will take on a specific area of responsibility and develop specific skills and experience in community food growing, local food distribution, infrastructure and supporting volunteers. These voluntary roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work. The majority of the trainees who were with us in 2015 have found work in community food growing and gardening.

The roles run from April until December 2016. An outline of each role is below, but for full details of the roles and how to apply, visit their website:

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 February.

OrganicLea Trainee Roles in 2016

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.

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.

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.

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

This role will develop skills in supporting diverse community members, including those with support needs, to take part in community growing.

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 growing of plants and produce.

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 requirements of the role.

You can apply for more than one role.

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

If you have questions please contact Sunniva Taylor on 020 8524 4994 or

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 28 February Interviews will be held week commencing 7 March Start dates: week commencing 4 April

Applications should be sent to or post to:

  1. Sunniva Taylor

  2. Organiclea

  3. Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery

  4. 115 Hawkwood Crescent

  5. London E4 7UH

Organiclea Community Growers ‘Food growing on London’s edge’

020 8524 4994 (Hawkwood Plant Nursery site)

020 8558 6880 (Hornbeam Centre)

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