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Regional Gleaning Coordinator – Sussex
Salary: £20,000 per annum pro rata
Job Type: Contract
Contract: Flexible annualised hours contract – minimum 75 days
Duration: approx. 7 months (May to December) depending on candidate’s start date
Location: working from home; it may also be possible to work some days at the offices of the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. We catalyse action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organisations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.
Gleaning Network UK is one of Feedback’s flagship campaigns: it coordinates volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on British farms every year, and direct this fresh, nutritious food to people in need.
From Farm to Fork is an exciting new collaboration between Feedback and FoodCycle, supported by the Big Lottery Fund. The project will engage and train young people, aged 18 – 24 years, to harvest delicious surplus produce on UK farms, learn about our food system, and gain skills and qualifications at FoodCycle hubs preparing nutritious meals for beneficiaries. From Farm to Fork is part of the Our Bright Future programme.
In Sussex, with the generous support of the Tudor Trust, we aim to build the community engagement aspect of our work: reaching out to and working with a diverse range of individuals and groups, both through volunteering opportunities and through the distribution of surplus food. Additionally we will continue to develop strong existing relationships with local organisations, such as the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, to identify opportunities for joint initiatives.
About the role
We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and proactive individual to join the Feedback team as our Regional Gleaning Coordinator in Sussex. This is a fantastic opportunity to help build and shape the project.
A key aim of this role will be to maintain and develop our gleaning network in Sussex. This will involve recruiting new volunteers and volunteer-groups; bringing new farmers on board the project and maintaining excellent relationships with existing farm contacts; running and coordinating gleaning days on farms, and working with redistribution charities.
The Sussex Gleaning Coordinator will work closely with the National Gleaning Coordinator and Gleaning Manager, will be supported by a nationwide team of gleaning coordinators in other UK regions, and will collaborate with the wider Feedback team to deliver key events and campaigns. The role will involve a combination of working from home and travel within Sussex.
This role is offered on an Annualised Hours contract, with a guaranteed minimum of 75 working days plus 7 days paid holiday. This is intended to allow flexibility in working hours. As gleaning involves working with farm produce, the UK’s peak harvest months (in autumn) are usually busiest – so gleaning coordinators generally work more days-per-month in September, October and November, and slightly fewer days May-August and December. However, this can vary according to region and in line with opportunities. A provisional schedule will be discussed at interview stage. Once a successful candidate has been appointed, they will agree their working days in advance, on a month-by-month basis, with the National Gleaning Coordinator.
Feedback applies its Equal Opportunities Policy at all stages of recruitment and selection. Shortlisting, interviewing and selection is carried out without regard to gender, sexual orientation, marital status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, age or trade union membership.
1. BUILD AND MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS WITH GROWERS, VOLUNTEERS AND CHARITIES IN YOUR REGION
2. MANAGE REGIONAL GLEANING HUB
3. MEDIA, AND PROMOTION OF THE GLEANING NETWORK AND FARM TO FORK PROJECT
4. RESEARCH AND CAMPAIGNING
Essential knowledge, skills and attributes
Please send a CV (no more than 2 pages long) and a covering letter (no more than 1 page long) by 10am on Tuesday 25th April. These should be in Word format (not PDF). Interviews are expected to take place in Brighton on Monday 8th May, at the offices of the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to acknowledge all applications.