EcoTalent intern with Rock Farm (Washington, West Sussex, and Brighton)

Key Information

Job Title EcoTalent Intern: Market Produce Intern Application Deadline Monday 28th September, 11:59PM Interview Date Week commencing 12 October Salary £9.30 per hour (Real Living Wage) Contract Length 15 weeks (3-4 days per week) Start Date Wednesday 28th October Location Washington, Pulborough, RH20

Rock Farm is looking for an enthusiastic young person to work as a support worker growing and developing their vegetable production sustainably while harvesting and helping sell the resulting produce.

This and all of our EcoTalent internship opportunities are made possible thanks to the support of Our Bright Future. EcoTalent is one of 31 Our Bright Future projects across the UK. Each one is equipping 11-24 year olds to make a difference in their local community and for the environment. Our Bright Future is a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

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About the job

Rock Farm Market Produce Intern 

Job Profile

The EcoTalent Intern will work with Rock Farm to help manage and expand the vegetable growing at Rock Farm in a way that enhances the farm’s therapeutic capacity and meets market demand. This may involve new crops or new products with surplus crops. It will definitely entail horticultural jobs and harvesting, as well as setting up and helping to complete sales at Florence Road Market in Brighton.

Scope of the job

The EcoTalent intern will work 3-4 days per week, Wednesday to Saturday.

The person should:

  • Have an interest in contributing to making healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and sustainable food more accessible in the local community;
  • A desire to learn about how to grow vegetables in a community setting, and learn about consumer behaviour and market realities;
  • Have an interest in the environment and local, sustainable & just food systems;
  • Enjoy being outdoors, be enthusiastic, hardworking and keen to learn!
  • Physically fit and able to work outside in all weather, as well as in a kitchen.

Eligibility:

  • You must be aged 18-24 years old.
  • You must be legally entitled to work in the UK.
  • If you are currently enrolled on or have graduated from a higher education (undergraduate or postgraduate) degree in the last 12 months, unfortunately you are not eligible for the EcoTalent programme.

PLEASE NOTE: EcoTalent placements are only open to graduates who have not been able to secure a paid role within the sector in the first year following their degree. If you graduated over a year ago but have not worked in the environmental sector following your degree you are welcome to apply.

COVID-19 TRAVEL TO WORK: Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we are sadly unable to advocate the use of public transport to travel to and from this placement. We ask that you make your own travel arrangements that avoid public transport. NB: Rock Farm is able to offer minibus transport all or most days to the farm, with appropriate protocols in place. Please let us know if you will need to use the minibus service. Please also contact us to ask about a bursary to help with travel costs (outside of the minibus service).

Inclusivity
These placements are open to everyone, regardless of experience or background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to young people from under-represented backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or if you feel overlooked by mainstream institutions.

No previous experience in the environmental sector is necessary. We encourage applications from:

  • People who are passionate about affecting positive change and want to take action to tackle 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, growing or distribution) 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 take steps towards this.

Rock Farm – About us
Rock Farm supports vulnerable people through horticultural therapy, where they also grow food for sale using permaculture principles. This creates a very diverse volunteer and working environment in which individual wellbeing and ecological health is paramount and held together. The produce goes to Florence Road Market, which Rock Farm also manages as a quality food market and a community development space. This market feeds other food projects with the same produce, especially Chomp, which supports low-income families in food poverty.

Position in organisation

Rock Farm always needs help with growing tasks, developing new growing plots, and organising ways to turn surplus produce such as blackcurrants into sellable items such as jam. The farm job would involve all of this, as well as harvesting and tracking volumes for sale at the market. It would also include working in Brighton on Saturdays, setting up and managing produce sales at the market as well as tearing down. Rock Farm has experienced people in all these roles, so the EcoTalent intern would be working alongside lovely colleagues who know what they’re doing and can provide support.

How to apply

Please fill in the below application form to apply. You may answer the following questions either in writing or by uploading a video/audio file to the form, answering the following questions:

  1. Tell us about yourself.
  2. Why do you care about people’s ability to access healthy, culturally appropriate and sustainable food?
  3. Why do you want to work at Rock Farm?
  4. Please tell us about any connection to the local area (either Brighton or West Sussex).
  5. Can you tell us how the environmental, community food sector or other professional opportunities feel inaccessible to you?

You do not need to send a CV.

Deadline for applications: Monday 28th September, 11:59pm

Date of interviews: Week commencing 12th October

Start date: Wednesday, 28th October

If you have any questions relating to the role itself and your time with Rock Farm, please contact Ben Szobody, ben@onechurchbrighton.org

If you have any questions about Feedback’s EcoTalent programme or your time with Feedback, please contact Megan Romania, megan@feedbackglobal.org

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About Feedback

Feedback is a small NGO that works on transforming the food system. We are known for our bold campaigning style and are proud to often be called ‘the troublemakers in the room’ for calling out greenwashing and the lacklustre efforts of big corporations. We work across multiple aspects of our food system, including industrial meat, food waste, farmed fish, British sugar and ‘green’ energy generated through Anaerobic Digestion of edible food. https://feedbackglobal.org/

You will spend the 1st and 7th week of your placement with Feedback. This time will be spent on learning more about the environmental and ecological crisis and how it relates to the food system, and on your own professional development working on skills such as job application and CV writing, and interview skills.  You will also spend 0.5 days per week during your placement with Feedback, this time will be spent gaining further skills, discussing your progress, and creating networks.

Feedback is supported by Our Bright Future to offer 36 paid internship placements with environmental organisations between January 2020 and June 2021. Each placement lasts around 15 weeks and is paid Living Wage. Young people aged 18-24 may apply, and placements will be made with host organisations working in the nexus of food and the environment. 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.

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