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Veg pack supervisor


Are you a reliable, practical and responsible person who enjoys managing a team and thinking on your feet?


Growing Communities is looking for a Veg pack supervisor to carry out a range of administrative and practical tasks to ensure packing days for our organic fruit and veg scheme run smoothly and effectively.

The main functions of this role are problem-solving, coordinating and making sure that the pack team has all the resources they need to work effectively.

This role requires a willingness to carry out practical, administrative, routine and repetitive tasks reliably, responsibly and efficiently, and involves early-morning starts. It involves coordinating people and tasks confidently and effectively and thinking strategically.

Click link below to see full job description and person specification.

Veg Pack Supervisor job description.docx


Salary and hours: £13.50 per hour, 15.5 hours a week split over Tuesday and Wednesday

Contract: Permanent


  • 5% Contributory pension is available
  • 33 days annual leave (pro-rata)
  • 30% discount on fruit and veg bags

Location: The Old Fire Station Community Centre, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX


To apply

Applicants will be assessed on how well you fit the person specification. Email your CV, cover letter (no more than one page) and completed recruitment monitoring form to Jo Barber.

Recruitment Monitoring Form.docx

Application deadline: 9am, Friday 31 January 2020

Interview dates: Thursday 6 February and Friday 7 February 2020





Trainee growers 2020

Growing Communities is an award-winning social enterprise based in Hackney. We run a weekly organic fruit and veg box scheme, the Growing Communities farmers’ market and a Patchwork Farm in Hackney, made up of several small urban market gardens.

We are currently recruiting three urban trainee growers. The (unpaid) traineeship will involve learning all the different aspects involved in growing vegetables with a particular emphasis on salad leaves. These traineeships are aimed at people who want to develop their food-growing skills. Trainees will work alongside the grower, learning all aspects of running our urban market gardens. The traineeship involves one day a week. In addition there will be monthly evening tutorials. The traineeship lasts for six and a half months, from the second half of March until the end of September.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and the recruitment monitoring form below and return them to Sophie Verhagen by email or at the address at the bottom of the page. Please make sure you fill in all parts of the application form.

Hackney Traineeship Application Form 2020.doc
Recruitment Monitoring Form.docx

Deadline for applications: Monday 3 February

We will let applicants know by Friday 7 February if they have been shortlisted for interview.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 13 February.

The traineeship will begin week commencing 23 March.



Other ways to get involved with GC

From February, you're welcome to volunteer on our market gardens in Hackney and from March at our farm in Dagenham.

Many of the veg schemes in the Better Food Traders welcome volunteers. Check the BFT website for details.


Growing Communities, The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX