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
- Research and develop networks of farmers and growers; follow up leads. Recruit farmers to join the network and host gleaning days.
- Find and develop good relationships with other organisations, groups and projects in Sussex; create a strategy to strengthen Feedback’s community engagement in Sussex.
- Recruit volunteers via existing networks and using media and social media.
- Liaise with charities such as FareShare, FoodCycle, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and other organisations who wish to receive & use gleaned food
- Use Feedback’s online database to keep track of communications and relationships
2. MANAGE REGIONAL GLEANING HUB
- Organise and run gleaning days in your region, including the logistics of coordinating volunteers and transport; supervise volunteers on gleaning days
- Be responsible for budget management of the gleaning days, keeping costs to a minimum and managing volunteer expenses (and your own) using Feedback’s finance systems.
- Gather feedback via questionnaires from farmers, recipient charities and volunteers for the project’s evaluation
- Be responsible for health and safety, ensuring all the necessary health and safety procedures are followed during the gleaning days (please note first aid training will be provided).
- Help develop and deliver fundraising and social enterprise activities to support the long term financial sustainability of the Gleaning Network.
3. MEDIA, AND PROMOTION OF THE GLEANING NETWORK AND FARM TO FORK PROJECT
- Document gleaning days through photos and video media
- Act as point of contact for local and national media reporting on gleaning days
- Promote gleaning events via social and conventional media
- Act as a spokesperson for the Gleaning Network UK and From Farm to Fork as required
4. RESEARCH AND CAMPAIGNING
- Collect quantitative and qualitative information about food waste on farms to establish the scale and causes of the problem, through a combination of interviews, case studies and surveys.
- Raise awareness of the environmental and social issues of food waste amongst young people, the general public and decision makers.
- Support the work of Feedback in its campaigns against food waste, putting pressure on key policy makers, civil society groups and businesses to effect change.
Essential knowledge, skills and attributes
- Enthusiasm for working with people from all ages and backgrounds; excellent inter-personal skills and an aptitude for working with young people
- An excellent telephone manner and diplomatic/negotiation skills, particularly when dealing with farmers, food redistribution charities and volunteers
- The ability/willingness to attend gleaning days on farms within your region, and participate in sometimes demanding physical activity, sometimes negotiating difficult weather conditions
- Excellent communication skills – written, verbal and digital
- Strong IT skills/literacy (Word, Excel, email management, social media)
- A commitment to the values and campaign aims of Feedback
- A commitment to diversity and equal opportunities
- Experience of organizing events
- Experience of recruiting and managing volunteers
- Experience of working in the food and farming sector
- Knowledge of environmental/food/climate change issues
- A talent for food-related puns
- Driving license
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.
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