7 February 2019
Agroforestry Implementation: Dartington Estate

UK Agroforestry Network Group Meeting

3 July 2019
2019 OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops

To be held in Yorkshire



18 January 2019
Organic milk: soil carbon changes, ecotoxicity and biodiversity

New paper on life cycle assessments of organic and conventional milk

18 January 2019
New GM field trials

Defra consultation is open



22 November 2018
Big opportunity for UK Organic

Development of new UK agricutural policy will be critical


ORC staff: June 2018

Working with us

Paid employment

Livestock research communicator (G6)
REF: RES1901
Salary range: £23,827 - £29,271

ORC is looking to appoint a Livestock Research Communicator who will be based at ORCís Elm Farm site near Newbury in Berkshire.

Candidates should possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Agriculture, Biology or related subject. Further study either in Research Communication or with a focus on Knowledge Exchange is desirable. Some research experience in agroecology, organics, livestock production or sustainability assessment is essential in addition to a track record of publishing for technical and non-technical audiences. The post is initially for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are essential. An interest in the environment and organic farming is desirable.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. Further enquiries to recruitment (at) organicresearchcentre.com Please quote reference RES1901.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 11 February 2019. Interviews will be held at ORC, Elm Farm on Thursday 21 February 2019

Download the application pack here (0.7mb zip file) or download individual components below

Researcher Agricultural Supply Chains (G6)
REF: RES1902
Salary range: £23,827 - £29,271

ORC is looking to appoint a Researcher to carry out research and contribute to projects, specifically but not exclusively, in the fields of farm businesses and supply chains of diversified cropping systems. This position will be based at ORCís Elm Farm site near Newbury in Berkshire.

Candidates should possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Agricultural Economics/Agriculture with Business/Agriculture & Food Marketing or similar. Further training in business development, farm management or marketing is desirable. Some research experience in social science related to supply chain management, farm business management, market analysis as well as designing and implementing surveys and an excellent knowledge of MS Excel and tools for managing/archiving numerical data are essential. An interest in the environment and organic farming is desirable. Good communication skills, both oral and written are essential.

The post is initially for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. Further enquiries to recruitment (at) organicresearchcentre.com Please quote reference RES1902.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 7 February 2019. Interviews will be held at ORC, Elm Farm on Monday 18 February 2019

Download the application pack here (0.7mb 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 2018

Internships

We are currently only accepting applications for internship starting Autumn 2018 and for 2019

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.