4 December 2017
Managing potato blight for small growers

Innovative Farmers Field lab at Duchy Home Farm

3 January 2018
Agricology Field Day

Mixing it up: Leys, livestock and life in the soil



15 November 2017
Organic can feed the world but need changes to food system

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

10 November 2017
Hydroponics and organic farming

UK fears US decision on organic hydroponics post-Brexit



13 November 2017
Agroforestry is the new game-changer for UK agriculture

George Eustice expresses keen commitment to include agroforestry in future domestic Agricultural Policy post Brexit.


ORC staff: June 2016

Working with us

Paid employment

Fundraising Officer (Grade 7)
Part-time or full-time (60%-100% FTE negotiable)
Salary range: £28,698-£34,234 pro rata
REF: ADM1702

We are looking to appoint a Fundraising Officer to support the development of our fundraising programme. This open-ended position will be based at ORCís Elm Farm site near Newbury in Berkshire.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a track record of successful fundraising from High Net Worth Individuals and Trusts plus exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to effectively build and nurture relationships in order to maximise income for the charity. An interest and understanding of organic farming and environmental issues is desirable.

Applications from individuals must be on an ORC application form. See below. Please quote reference ADM1702 in any correspondence.

Applications are still welcome for this post.

Download the application pack here (671kb zip file) or download individual components below

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/studentís 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) Ė for more information see their website www.ecopb.org.

We are members of FQH Ė 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.