25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

30 January 2018
Intercropping field lab

An opportunity to develop research questions, identify synergies and determine what to trial



19 December 2017
ORC Bulletin 123 on its way!

And Bulletin 122 available for free download

11 December 2017
Soil Farmer of the Year competition

Entries open for 2018



7 December 2017
Intercropping opportunities

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields


ORC staff: June 2016

Working with us

Paid employment

FUNDRAISING MANAGER (Grade 7)
Part-time (60% FTE)
(potentially combinable with Senior Fundraising Administrator role to create a full-time position)
Salary range: £31,000-£34,000 pro rata (pay award pending)
REF: ADM1705

We are looking to appoint an ambitious and enthusiastic Fundraising Manager to work with the Executive Director to further grow our fundraising programme. You will actively drive new business, including developing a portfolio of up to 150 existing and new donors, prospects, trusts and corporate contacts and develop and implement strategic, creative and bespoke donor plans to inspire, engage and motivate donors.

You will have a proven track record of successful fundraising from High Net Worth Individuals and/or Trusts and Foundations. Using your exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you will be able talk to all types of people about our exciting work, to effectively build, nurture and maintain relationships, which will maximise income for the charity and allow us to continue and build the critically important work that we do. It would be great if you had an interest in and understanding of organic farming and environmental issues, but if not, we are sure our passionate and dedicated team will be more than willing to provide support and training.

If this sounds like you then further details and the application form (we only accept applications on this form) can be downloaded below. Please quote reference ADM1705.

Download the application pack here (1.52mb zip file) or download individual components below

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 15th January 2018. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Friday 9th February 2018.

SENIOR FUNDRAISING ADMINISTRATOR (Grade 6)
Part-time (60% FTE)
(potentially combinable with Fundraising Manager role to create full-time position)
Salary range: £23,500-£28,500 pro rata (pay award pending)
REF: ADM1706

We are looking to appoint a Senior Fundraising Administrator to support our fundraising team and programme. You will ensure that we have effective, efficient and regulation-compliant systems in place to manage our donor base (individuals, trusts and corporate) and funding applications. You’ll also play a lead role in the organisation of our fundraising events.

You will have a proven, relevant administrative track record with good computer skills particularly with respect to word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Familiarity with Customer Management Systems used in fundraising, and data protection regulations (including the new GDPR) are highly desirable. It would be great if you had an interest in and understanding of organic farming and environmental issues, but if not we will provide support and training.

If this sounds like you then further details and the application form (we only accept applications on this form) can be downloaded below. Please quote reference ADM1706.

Download the application pack here (2.04mb zip file) or download individual components below

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 15th January 2018. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Monday 5th February 2018.

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 2017

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.