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ORC staff: June 2016

Working with us

Paid employment

Finance Officer (Grade 7)
Full time Salary range: £28,698-£34,234
REF: ADM1703

ORC is looking to appoint a full-time Finance Officer to be responsible for our financial administration and accounting.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent Exchequer or equivalent, Excel, VAT, payroll, financial management and bookkeeping skills. Familiarity with Charity SORP accounting and an interest in the environment and organic farming is desirable.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. See below.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Wednesday 26th April 2017. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Friday 5th May 2017.

Download the application pack here (2.4mb zip file) or download individual components below

Fundraising Officer (Grade 7)
Part time (50-60% FTE negotiable)
Salary range: £28,698-£34,234 pro rata
REF: ADM1702

The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Fundraising Officer to support the development of its fundraising programme. This position, initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension, will be based mainly at ORC’s 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 must be on an ORC application form. See below. Please quote reference ADM1702 in any correspondence.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. Interviews will be held at the Organic Research Centre on Friday 12th May 2017.

Download the application pack here (2.4mb zip file) or download individual components below


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 are currently only accepting applications for internship starting August 2017 or later

We operate an intern/student’s 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) – for more information see their website www.ecopb.org.

We are members of FQH – 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.