Field Lab Network Coordinator

The Soil Association

£26,110 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 0117 314 5021

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 25th November 2019  

Salary: £ 26,110
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Bristol

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests.

We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

Innovative Farmers is a network for farmers and researchers in the UK encouraging innovation in agriculture through on-farm trials. This role in our small team within the Soil Association will be responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of the network. With 25 new field labs due to launch in the next 12-months this position plays an important role in the wider farming team at the Soil Association working with colleagues and partners to identify potential new field labs topics and inform our other programmes.

As primary support for all group coordinators, many of whom will be external advisors, and consultants you will support the establishment of new field labs, gather and manage information, monitor the progress of approximately 30 groups at any one time and work closely with our Communications Manager to generate farming stories.

About you

Above all we are looking for:

  • Great interpersonal skills and confidence in building working relationships
  • Organisational skills and self-motivation with the ability to prioritise and work under pressure
  • Ability to analyse and process information to monitor impact, make recommendations and provide feedback
  • Interest in sustainable agricultural practices

Please follow this link to read the full Job Description for the role.

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. 

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time)
  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 25th November 2019
Interviews are expected to take place: Week commencing Monday 9th December 2019, Bristol

Please note we will look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to bring the closing date forward at any time.

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format). Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname) Please also complete this self-disclosure form and submit this with your application.

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