Landworkers’ Alliance are recruiting

Oct 6, 2020

The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers. Their mission is to improve the livelihoods of their members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone. The Landworkers’ Alliance are currently looking to recruit new staff to fill seven roles within the organisation.

 

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR (FINANCE AND FUNDRAISING) – 20 HOURS/WEEK

The role will have a particular focus on the operational management of the LWA at a key moment in our organisational development as we increase our turnover and the number of projects we are working on, employ a larger team of staff, and increase the number of members and supporters.

To help us manage this growth we are seeking to recruit an Operations Coordinator with a focus on finance and fundraising. This role will be part of a two person operations management team, working alongside another role with a focus on HR and governance. These two roles will work closely together, with regular contact, overlapping work and a detailed knowledge of the area covered by both positions.

More info and job description click here.

 

ACCREDITED TRAINING AND FARMSTART PROJECT COORDINATOR – 24 HOURS/WEEK

For the last two years we have been working to build a Farmstart Network in the UK by bringing together new entrants and organisations offering farm incubation opportunities to support each other with training, exchanges and best practice guides, and to develop a clear picture of the training and mentoring options that are necessary to facilitate a diverse new generation of new entrants. This has been closely aligned with work aimed at creating policy to support new entrants.

Based on the successes of this project we have secured further funding for three years to develop accredited training in agroecology, build on the Farmstart Network and continue with the policy work. This will be based on the relationships developed in the last two years and take them further towards building the social networks, training and learning opportunities, social movement infrastructure and policy interventions necessary to support the next generation of agroecological farmers.

More info and job description click here.

 

MEMBER SERVICES AND SUPPORT COORDINATOR – 16 HOURS/WEEK

This is a 16 hours per week role funded until March 2023 as part of a project aiming to improve the capacity, reach and uptake of direct-to-customer and short supply chain sales models in local and agroecological food, and to develop the LWA’s services and support work in other areas of use to our members.

As a grassroots union, supporting members is essential to our work. It is a core part of our vision of improving the livelihoods and increasing the skills and capacity of agroecological producers, supporting a generation of diverse new entrants onto the land, and building practical, working solutions to the issues we face. This role will assist members with the many challenges and opportunities they face, and contribute to the strategic development of this area of our work.

More info and job description click here.

 

RESILIENT LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS PROJECT COORDINATOR – 24 HOURS/WEEK

This is a 24 hours per week role funded until March 2023 as part of a project aiming to improve the capacity, reach and uptake of direct-to-customer and short supply chain sales models in local food.

This project develops practical strategies to address the problem of improving farm-business viability through approaches that increase the production and distribution of local food, and provide broader environmental and social benefits. With this role we aim to develop and popularise the business models that can provide healthy, affordable food and facilitate the transition to a farming system that supports social and environmental justice.

More info and job description click here.

 

MEMBERSHIP AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR – 16 HOURS/WEEK

As part of the LWA’s growth strategy in the coming five years we want to expand membership from 1,200 to 3,000 producers and reach 1,000 supporters.  We also want to support members to be both more involved with the work of the LWA, and more connected to one-another, in their sectors, branches, regions and working groups. The Membership Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator will be leading on this work.

We are seeking a confident and skilled communicator and facilitator, who understands the complex issues and dynamics surrounding food and farming in the UK and internationally in order to develop and deliver strategies for membership recruitment, outreach and engagement.

More info and job description click here.

 

NEW ENTRANT CAMPAIGNS OFFICER – 20 HOURS/WEEK

We are seeking to recruit a New Entrants Campaigns Officer. They will work with our Campaigns Team to further our work lobbying government[s] for the inclusion of the LWA’s objectives for new entrants in legislation, regulation and industry guidance, and advancing our positions among stakeholders. This role will cover all farming sectors with a particular emphasis on horticulture.

The role will work across the devolved administrations of the UK, collaborating with our small team of campaigns staff in England, Wales and Scotland.

More info and job description click here.

 

SCOTLAND POLICY CAMPAIGNS COORDINATOR – 16 HOURS/WEEK

We are seeking to recruit a Policy and Campaigns Coordinator for Scotland. They will work with our Campaigns Team to further our work lobbying government[s] for the inclusion of the LWA’s objectives in legislation, regulation and industry guidance, and advancing our positions among stakeholders in Scotland. The role will also work with our Scotland Projects Coordinator.

More info and job description click here

 

******* Deadline for applications is midnight on 25th October 2020 *******

 

how we work

The LWA is a members’ cooperative represented by a Coordinating Group of directors elected by those members at the Annual General Meeting. The Coordinating Group steers the strategic, financial, governance and political work of the organisation and is also legally responsible for the management and operation of the LWA. Staff work in line with cooperative principles and in addition to specific job responsibilities may be required to participate in General Meetings and work teams as part of their hours, or additional paid time if needed.

The LWA does not have a centralised office and our staff work remotely but will be required to attend meetings that take place in various locations around the country. Reasonable travel costs will be covered in addition to the salary, however, this means candidates must have the skills and confidence to work remotely as part of a diverse team and a proven capacity to self-manage and work autonomously.

We are committed to our Equal Opportunities policy and we welcome and encourage applications from anyone interested in this role who feels they have the relevant experience and skills.

Dyfed Permaculture Farm and Scythe Cymru

Dyfed Permaculture Farm and Scythe Cymru

By Michelle Lainé Dyfed Permaculture Farm was founded in 1996. The 28 acre farm includes 6 acres of traditional wildflower meadow, permanent pasture, allotments, woods and gardens, all farmed by hand using traditional tools such as the scythe. We also have a...

WWOOFing as a post-school remedy

WWOOFing as a post-school remedy

by Amelie Flora Harper-Stanford My name is Amelie, I am nineteen. I live in Forest Row, Sussex, where I enjoy going on walks and navigating the day with my local community. I am a big creative and I value the region of the planet that I have grown up in. I love...

Forging ahead

Forging ahead

By Greg Klaes of Forge Farm / Clattercote Wharf My late wife Kate and I bought 2 hectares along the Oxford Canal where there was a canal loading wharf and several derelict 18th century barns in the early 1980’s. Sarah, our daughter, was three when we moved our...

Orchard Blossom Day

Orchard Blossom Day

By Adam Cade Orchard Blossom Day is a new annual event in recognition of the beauty, bounty and biodiversity of orchard fruit trees. It encourages orchard groups and managers to organise Orchard Blossom events during their own blossom time, perhaps as a seasonal...