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Growing Trainee

Sutton Community Farm
Wallington

Posted: 4 Jan 2022

Deadline: 30 Jan 2022

Compensation: £11.05 per hour (London Living Wage)

Paid Traineeship Fixed term / contract


Job description

We are recruiting for a paid Growing Trainee to start in March 2022, 4 days a week for 20 months. 

The purpose of the position is to develop skilled production managers in agroecological farming, and is ideally suited to someone who has the ambition to manage a growing space in future. The Growing Trainee will learn practical growing skills as well as developing cropping plans, collecting and processing data and supervising other staff and volunteers. They will work closely with the Heads of Production and growing team at the farm, developing skills and experience in local food production. The Growing Trainee will play a key role in maximising the productivity of the farm and helping secure its long term success, as well as helping people in the community have a positive, meaningful and enjoyable experience. This includes volunteers, groups of children and other visitors to the farm. 

We are seeking a hard-working individual who is passionate, enthusiastic and able to work with a broad range of people.

See the full Job Description here

Application information

To apply please email Rachel and Nick at farmers@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk with your CV and answer the questions on this form. See form questions below.

Candidates invited to attend interviews may be asked to provide references.

Deadline for applications: 30th Jan (midnight)

Start date: March 2022

Date of interviews: Week commencing 14th feb (to be confirmed)

The interview will consist of a practical session, and some informal questions with the growing team.

Application questions below so you can prepare your answers before faffing about in the form. We would really appreciate you sticking to the word limits (in brackets), as much as possible! 

  1. Name

  2. Email address you would like to be contacted on

  3. Tell us about your journey to wanting to work in sustainable food, including your experiences of farming/food growing so far? (200 words)

  4. What do you hope to gain from this traineeship? (200 words)

  5. Tell us about a farm or food growing project that has inspired you, and why? (200 words) 

  6. What can you tell us about your experience managing people, or volunteers? (100 words)

  7. What has attracted you to want to work at Sutton Community Farm? (200 words)

  8. Where did you hear about the traineeship? (not assessed, for us to understand which job adverts were most useful)

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About Sutton Community Farm

Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm. We started in 2010 in response to a community need with the purpose to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make new friends. Our farm sits on a beautiful 7.1 acre smallholding with views towards the skyline of central London.