Seed Officer (Part-time)

Garden Organic

Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
£19,000 FTE pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 024 7630 8208 HR Dept

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 24th February 2019   3 days left

Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Seed Officer Vacancy

Garden Organic are currently looking for a part-time Seed Officer to join our friendly and dedicated Heritage Seed Library (HSL) team. This is a permanent, part-time contract for 21 hours a week, based at Garden Organic at Ryton.

Salary: £19,000 p.a. pro rata


Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity, is dedicated to promoting the many benefits of organic growing for people, plants and communities. Garden Organic’s purpose is to get as many people growing organically as possible. Our headquarters is at Ryton Organic Gardens, 5 miles south-east of Coventry, although we support a range of activities and programmes all over the UK and also overseas. 

Heritage Seed Library:

Garden Organics Heritage Seed Library (HSL) aims to conserve vegetable varieties that are not widely available and seed is made available through a membership scheme. The collection consists of approximately 800 accessions of mainly European, open-pollinated, vegetable varieties. These varieties have been donated by HSL members, other members of the public, sourced through HSL projects or passed to us by seed companies who are no longer maintaining them. Seed is multiplied by Garden Organics HSL team and by Seed Guardians, who are HSL members who have decided to take on the extra responsibility of growing seed for us. We also train people in the skills of saving seed for themselves.

As Seed Officer you'll be working as part of the HSL Team to maintain a quality collection stock of seeds, assist with planning the production, and organizing distribution of seed.

Some evening, weekend and bank holiday working may be required on a regular basis.

It is the nature of work of Garden Organic that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description and have to be undertaken. Garden Organic actively encourages employees to spend time volunteering with other departments within the Charity.

This post may be subject to a DBS check and will require the successful candidate to undergo safeguarding training.

In return, Garden Organic offers its employees many benefits including:

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • 8% employer pension for a 4% employee contribution
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Life assurance (x 2 salary)
  • Employee Assistance helpline
  • Free parking
  • Membership of Garden Organic which includes free or discounted entry to partner gardens around the country
  • On-going training and career development
  • Free access to all Garden Organic’s public courses (certain conditions apply)

In addition to these more tangible benefits Garden Organic also offers a relaxed, supportive and inclusive culture with a strong commitment to equal opportunities for all.

Applications are to be submitted via application form and full covering letter explaining why you feel you are suitable for the position. Any applications received without a full covering letter will not be considered.

Our application form, full job description and person specification and our privacy notice for applicants are all available on the Garden Organic website vacancy page as below:

We are a disability confident employer. If you are classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (i.e. you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities) and would like to be considered for an interview under our disability confident scheme please indicate this in your covering letter.

We welcome informal discussion about the role prior to application, please contact Human Resources on 024 7630 8208

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 24th February 2019

Interview date: Thursday 7th March 2019 (interviews located at Ryton)

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