Seed Officer - Heritage Seed Library (Part time)

Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
£19,000 pro rata
21 hours per week
Holiday Entitlement: 
25 days (pro rata P/T)

Garden Organic are currently looking for a part-time Seed Officer to join our friendly and dedicated Heritage Seed Library (HSL) team. This is a permanent, part-time contract for 21 hours a week, based at Ryton Organic Gardens.

Garden Organics Heritage Seed Library (HSL) aims to conserve vegetable varieties that are not widely available and seed is made available through a membership scheme. The collection consists of approximately 800 accessions of mainly European, open-pollinated, vegetable varieties. These varieties have been donated by HSL members, other members of the public, sourced through HSL projects or passed to us by seed companies who are no longer maintaining them. Seed is multiplied by Garden Organic's HSL team and by Seed Guardians, who are HSL members who have decided to take on the extra responsibility of growing seed for us. We also train people in the skills of saving seed for themselves.
As Seed Officer you'll be working as part of the Heritage Seed Library Team to maintain a quality collection stock of seeds, assist with planning the production, and organizing distribution of seed.
Some evening, weekend and bank holiday working may be required on a regular basis.
It is the nature of work of Garden Organic that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description and have to be undertaken. Garden Organic actively encourages employees to spend time volunteering with other departments within the Charity.
This post may be subject to a DBS check and will require the successful candidate to undergo safeguarding training. In return, Garden Organic offers its employees many benefits including:
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • 8% employer pension for a 4% employee contribution
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Life assurance (x 2 salary)
  • Employee Assistance helpline
  • Free parking
  • Membership of Garden Organic which includes free or discounted entry to partner gardens around the country
  • On-going training and career development
  • Free access to all Garden Organic’s public courses (certain conditions apply)
In addition to these more tangible benefits Garden Organic also offers a relaxed, supportive and inclusive culture with a strong commitment to equal opportunities for all. Applications are to be submitted via application form and full covering letter explaining why you feel you are suitable for the position.  Any applications received without a full covering letter will not be considered. 
We are a disability confident employer. If you are classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (i.e. you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities) and would like to be considered for an interview under our disability confident scheme please indicate this in your covering letter.
We welcome informal discussion about the role prior to application, please contact Human Resources on 02476 308208
Application Closing Date: 
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Interview Date: 
Thursday, 7 March 2019