We’re hiring! Seasonal grower – June 2024

We are looking for a seasonal grower to join our team!

Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA) is a large Biodynamic CSA in Stroud, Gloucestershire. We produce approx. 255 organic veg shares a week, as well as rearing a small herd of Hereford cows whose meat we sell to our members. SCA has been feeding the local community for 20 years, making it one of the longest standing CSAs in the country. We currently operate on three sites with a team made up of 3 full time growers, pack shed coordinator and livestock steward. The team uses a flat management structure, and each site has a lead grower. Each grower is responsible for the planning, running and harvest of their area, but we all work together on harvesting, big planting days and weeding etc. The Seasonal Grower will help wherever required across all 3 sites and with livestock.

Job description

  • Harvesting
  • Packing bags
  • Propagation
  • Planting (hand and on tractor planter)
  • Weeding with tools and tractor
  • Working in polytunnels; pruning, planting, weeding etc
  • Field scale irrigation set up
  • Checking, moving and feeding/watering cows.
  • Helping with compost management.

Essential Skills

  • Ideally 6 months experience/a season on a commercial veg growing operation, but open to other forms of experience gained that you might think are relevant to our operation.
  • Good understanding of the need to be quick and efficient on various tasks from harvesting, weeding to planting etc.
  • Working in a team but also independently.
  • It is often hectic when the season gets going and being able to problem solve and think on your feet is essential!
  • Full/Clean driving licence

Preferred Skills

  • Tractor experience (not essential)
  • Livestock experience (not essential)
  • leading volunteers (not essential)

What you need to know

  • Length of contract: Beginning June – end October 2024, 4.5 days (36 hours per week) We are flexible on start date for the right candidate.
  • Hours: The farm team works monday – friday (8am – 4.30pm, with an hour for lunch), we are flexible on how many and which days you wish to work. It also includes approximately 2 weekend days every month and half; (not the whole day but approx. 2 hours per day (predominantly, topping up veg in our pack shed, checking on animals, and watering propagation).
  • Salary is currently £12 an hour in line with the real living wage.
  • We are able to offer a place to park up for a live in vehicle on one of our sites, the rent is payable to the land owner at £80 a month.
  • We are looking to schedule interviews ASAP, followed by a trial half day on the farm for the right candidate.
  • Application deadline is open.

To apply for this position or to find out more please email a CV and covering letter to alex@stroudcommunityagriculture.org.

We look forward to hearing from you.