Are you up for a challenge?
Currently our Seed Team consists of 2 full time staff, David and Kate (seen above moving some lambs!), and Manda who comes in on Tues, Weds and Thurs mornings. We are looking for 2 new team members to work here at Gosberton Bank Nursery.
The tasks that we have are varied and numerous. We are looking for cheerful, positive people who thrive in a team and are prepared to be flexible and take on a challenge. We get through what we do by working together and making the most of the invaluable help that we receive from our WWOOFers and volunteers.
The mind map below tries to set out the range of tasks and roles involved. Bear in mind that some of the tasks are huge and others much smaller but this helps to demonstrate the breadth of skills that we need and number of roles that team members need to be prepared to take on over the course of a year.
The work here never stops! In January, February, March everyone is needed to help pack, pick and dispatch seed orders. In February, March, April we have plants to propagate and beds to prepare. In April, May, June we have seed beds to drill, and weeds to hoe, and plants to transplant. We have to keep all our seed crops going through the summer and plan the catalogue for the coming year. In August, September, October we have seed to harvest and process and germination test, and we start making up small packets of seed. In November and December we are still processing, testing and packing seed and the orders for the spring start to come in, while we try and clear up outside and prepare for the next growing season…. when its starts all over again!
In amongst all of this we tend to the chickens and sheep, go to various events to sell seed and promote our work, try and keep up with the web site and newsletters and generally communicate with our co-owners and people in general.
Essential personal qualities
We are looking for people who are team players with following qualities:
- passionate about sustainable food systems and a deep respect for people, life and planet
- a sense of humour and cheerful disposition
- able to cope with sustained pressure and tight deadlines
- willing and able to learn new skills on the job
- flexible and adaptable
- highly organised and sensibly tidy
We are particularly keen for people to get in touch who have good experience and demonstrable skills of one or more of the following:
- operation and maintenance of tractors and agricultural machinery
- undertaking commercial organic / biodynamic vegetable production
- planning vegetable, herb and flower production within organic closed loop systems including crop rotations, compost making, soil building and weed management
- glasshouse crop production including maintenance of glasshouses and irrigation systems
- seed production and/or processing
- open pollinated variety maintenance and plant breeding
- database management and integration with web shop, accounts and CMS
- communications, graphic design and new market development
- co-operative or community supported business development and governance
What we are offering
Rather than trying to identify a job of a specific shape and then trying to find a person the right shape to fit it we are looking to build a team who can work together and then between us we will work out how we get everything done – shaping the jobs to fit the skills of the people in the team.
We are looking for people already living in the area or who are prepared to move and find somewhere local to live. We are not able to offer any accommodation.
We offer a salary of £18,000 to £25,000 pro rata, depending on experience. Positions could be full-time or part-time tailored to the people concerned and their circumstances.
Please get in touch to discuss and explore possibilities.