Eco Talent Intern

Key Information

Job Title:                             Eco Talent Intern

Start Date:                         6th April 2020

Hours:                                   4 days, 30 hours per week

Salary:                                  £10.55 / hour (London Living Wage)

Contract length:               15 weeks

Location:                             Sutton Community Farm, South London, SM6 0SH and various locations with Feedback

Eco Talent is an Our Bright Future funded project. Between January 2020 and June 2021 Feedback will facilitate 36 paid internships with environmental organisations that have a focus on food. These placements have been created to offer more accessible points of entry into the environmental sector in the hope of training a workforce of sustainable food leaders and increasing diversity in the environmental sector.

About the job

SUTTON COMMUNITY FARM ECO TALENT INTERNSHIP JOB PROFILE

Purpose of the position

The Eco Talent Intern will work with the Head of Production and growing team at the farm, developing skills and experience in local food production.

The Eco Talent Intern will also play a role in helping people in the community have a positive, meaningful and enjoyable experience.

Scope of job

  • 3.5 days focused on growing.
  • Learning about how to grow vegetables commercially, following organic and agroecological principles.
  • Opportunity to learn about the workings of the farm, from growing vegetables to selling to customers and engaging volunteers and visitors.
  • Carrying out all growing activities including propagation, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting and other related duties.
  • Team work including good communication with other team members, especially with the Head of Production and Growing Team.
  • Working with volunteers at the farm.

Who we are looking for:

The person should:

  • Have an interest in organic sustainable agriculture, and a desire to learn about how to grow vegetables commercially
  • Have an interest in the environment and local, sustainable food systems
  • Enjoy being outdoors, be enthusiastic, hardworking and keen to learn!

We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the environmental sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
  • People from low-income backgrounds and/or who identify as working class (or have done so in the past)
  • People who identify as being LGTBQIA
  • People who are passionate about the environment and want to take action against climate change but have not studied a relevant subject at college or university.
  • People who have studied a relevant subject at university but have not been able to secure paid employment in that sector within a year of graduating.
  • People who are interested in training in practical food delivery (cooking or growing) with a sustainable focus but have little or no previous professional experience.
  • People who are interested in environmental campaigning but do not feel confident in how to go about this
  • We are also keen to make internships available to disabled people. We understand that this will need to be reviewed on a per-placement basis, depending on the particulars of the organisation (e.g. their premises) and the role available (e.g. duties to be undertaken).

PLEASE NOTE: if you are a university graduate, you will only be eligible to apply for Eco Talent if you graduated over 1 year ago, but have not yet been able to find employment in the environmental sector

Sutton Community Farm – About us

We are a community-owned social enterprise that started in response to a local need, with the purpose to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make friends. We host around 40 volunteers each week. Please see our website: www.suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk for more information.

Our farm sits on a 7.1 acre smallholding with views towards the skyline of Central London. We aim to make our Farm accessible to as wide a range of the public as possible and are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly. You can find out more by reading our Equal Opportunities Policy.

We are a highly motivated team, passionate to help create positive relationships between people and food. We farm with organic principles and strive to be a deeply sustainable business. We are driven by values of respect, transparency, quality and integrity.

As an organisation, we also believe in fair pay. All staff are paid the London Living Wage or above and we maintain a low pay ratio.

Position in organisation

Sutton Community Farm is a small enterprise with ten employees. The Eco Talent Intern will work closely with the growing team and report to the Head of Production.

How to apply

To apply please answer the following three questions:

  • Tell us about yourself
  • Why do you care for the environment?
  • Why do you want to work at Sutton Community Farm?

Send your answer either in written form or as a video, to the growing team at: joris@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Midnight 25th February 2020 

Date of interviews:Tuesday 17th March 2020 (back-up date: Friday 20th March)

Start date:Monday 6th April 2020   

If you have any questions relating to the role itself and your time with Sutton Community Farm please contact Rachel Clark on 07419 740754 or via email to: rachel@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk

If you have any questions about Feedback’s EcoTalent programme or your time with Feedback please contact Claire Woodhill on 020 3051 8633 or via email to claire@feedbackglobal.org

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