We’re Recruiting a Paid Growing Trainee 2024

Growing Traineeship March 2024 – November 2025


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 farmers@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk 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