Jobs and volunteering opportunities at the food and farming charity Sustain

We post current opportunities here. We usually also advertise each opportunity by email to people on the mailing list of the relevant project/campaign, and on the Environment Job website, which runs an email news service for vacancies in the environmental sector.

Food Poverty Campaign Officer

Sustain is seeking to employ a campaigner to coordinate third-sector organisations nationally and in London that promote effective policy and practical initiatives to alleviate food poverty, and to link local authorities with experienced third-sector organisations and community groups to help them implement change.

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Student Food Enterprise Officer

The Student Eats programme will be run by the National Union of Students (NUS) in partnership with Sustain, and the Soil Association with the support of the Plunkett Foundation amongst others. Student Eats will be a UK-wide programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Our Bright Future programme. The Student Eats programme will take place on campuses of colleges and universities across the UK for five years from January 2016.

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Fundraising consultant for Sustain

Sustain is seeking experienced fundraising support, on a freelance consultancy basis, to pursue funding for specific projects. Sustain runs practical and policy projects that bring together people and organisations working on issues of common concern taking concerted action to bring about change. Among many aspects of better food and farming, we promote fair trade for farmers, environmentally friendly farming practices, community and therapeutic gardening, better hospital and school food, sustainable fish, controls on junk food marketing and artisan bread-making skills. We are proud of our achievements, have many good stories to tell about our activities and beneficiaries, and are seeking the support of a fundraising consultant to take some of our successful projects and ideas to a new level of impact and success. Application deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 31st May, note that this is an extended deadline.

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As a small, independent charity, Sustain relies on the contributions made by volunteers, and often has opportunities available. In return, volunteers can gain experience and knowledge of campaigning and project work around various key food issues.

About volunteering at Sustain

Tasks may include administrative work, research and campaigning. Previous volunteers have researched and written reports on issues such as sustainable fish and bottled water, assisted in the administration of a grants scheme, surveyed outlets offering Fairtrade food and helped organise a conference on Urban Agriculture.

Our team works flexible hours, though the type of tasks that we need volunteers to help with is rarely suitable for them to carry out in the evening or at weekends, or from home. Where a voluntary role requires work outside the office, this will be made clear in advance.

Most volunteering opportunities are based at Sustain's offices in the Old Street area of central London. We sometimes run regional projects, but rarely have volunteering opportunities outside London.

We offer limited expenses, if working five or more hours in that day, up to a maximum of £8 for travel and £5 for food, on production of a receipt/ticket.

Sustain is only able to take on volunteers who are entitled to work in the UK, and can't assist volunteers with work permits, immigration issues, or finding accommodation.

If you are interested in volunteering at Sustain but can't see a current vacancy above, please have a look at our projects and campaigns, then email your CV with a brief indication of the project(s) or campaign(s) you are interested in, and the amount of time (ie how many days per week and how many weeks/months) you can commit, to Ruth Westcott:




Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.