Paid Positions

Growing Trainee

Job Title: Growing Trainee
Start Date: March 2024
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8am – 4.30pm (22.5 hours per week, with some flexibility)
Salary: £13.15/hour (London Living Wage)
Contract length: 20 months (until November 2025)
Probationary period: 3 months
Location: Sutton Community Farm, south London, SM6 0SH

Purpose of the Traineeship

The purpose of the Traineeship is to develop a skilled production manager in agroecological farming. It is ideal for someone who has the ambition to manage a farm in the future and is ready to take the next step in their growing journey towards this.

The Growing Trainee will learn practical farming skills, including tractor driving, infrastructure maintenance and developing cropping plans. They will work closely with the Heads of Production and the second-year Trainee, gaining in-depth experience in local sustainable food production. This role is key to maximising the productivity of the farm, by growing fresh fruit and veg that is sold through the farm’s online shop or to restaurants in the city.

In addition to food growing, the Growing Trainee will be responsible for supervising volunteers on the farm, and is crucial in enabling members of the local community to have positive, meaningful and enjoyable experiences. We are seeking a hard-working person who is passionate, enthusiastic, and able to work with a broad range of people.

How to Apply
  1. Please read through the full Growing Traineeship Job Description 2024
  2. To apply, please email Rachel and Nick at with your CV and answer the questions on this form
  3. Please also fill in our Equity and Representation Monitoring form (this is not compulsory)

Deadline for applications: Monday 5 February 2024 (by midnight)
Date of interviews: Monday 19 February – Thursday 22 February 2024
Start date: March 2024

Unpaid Positions

We have a number of volunteer opportunities at the farm every week.

If you are not interested in joining our general volunteer sessions on site at the farm, there are other ways you can get involved in a voluntary capacity. If you feel you have a skill or area of expertise that could be put to good use, then please email us.

Equal Opportunities

The farm is run by a small team of paid staff, which is supported by a large community of volunteers. We are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly, and we strive to promote equal opportunities, diversity and equality. This is true for everyone regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, identity, or age.

Read our Equal Opportunities Policy.