Job Opportunity for a Sunday Grocer, Oxfordshire.

May 12, 2015

This is a job offered by Cultivate Oxford – a food cooperative with over 400 members based in Little Wittenham. Cultivate supplies fresh, locally-produced food to Oxford and surrounding communities via a mobile greengrocery (the VegVan) at markets and through an online shop, Cultivate Online.

Job Description: Sunday Grocer

Cultivate’s new Grocer will be a confident driver with a full, clean license, preferably with experience of driving a van. They’ll be self-reliant and unflappable. They’ll get a kick out of selling amazing produce. They’ll be happy exchanging banter with customers. They’ll be willing to learn a great deal of ever-changing seasonal veg knowledge to impart to customers. They’ll relish the physicality of hauling around crates of veggies. And they will share Cultivate’s vision for a flourishing local food scene in Oxford.

More job details from the Cultivate Oxord website:

Our Grocers sell our produce on the VegVan and at our market stalls. The Grocers are a positive, high-energy, hardworking team who, through selling veg, act as ambassadors for Cultivate and for good food. Our Grocers work part-time for Cultivate, usually one day a week.

Our new Grocer will run the Sunday market shift every week. She/he will be passionate about spreading the word about good food, and passionate about building community. She/he will be happy with early mornings, and capable of handling the physically demanding work of moving heavy boxes of vegetables. He/she will have a good eye for ensuring all produce is fresh and beautifully displayed, and will also feel at home chatting to customers about where the produce comes from, how to cook it, and about Cultivate’s mission. We will provide full training in all of the above.

Our new Grocer will also be a natural when it comes to problem-solving and time management, and will remain cool as a cucumber when confronted with occasional unexpected veg-related crises!

Our Grocers are an integral part of the Cultivate family, and are encouraged to take ownership of their role and to develop their skills and talents within Cultivate. For example, one of our first Grocers has recently taken on a much larger role within Cultivate, and is now our Operations Manager.


£80/shift (shifts are approximately 8 hours).

Additional paid hours for training. Occasional additional (optional) shifts available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Access to produce from Cultivate Online at wholesale prices (now that’s a perk!).

6 weeks’ paid holiday per year, with 2 weeks of this as Christmas closure.

4 week notice period for resignation and for holidays.

Start-date: asap.


To apply email Doireann your CV to along with a covering letter stating why you’d like to be a Cultivate Grocer, why you think you’d be a good fit for the role, and how this work could fit around your other commitments.

Closing date for applications by 5pm on Tuesday 26th May.

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