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Sustainable Food Researcher

Company Name CLEAR Fife
Location Buckhaven, Fife
Date Posted 27th July 2017
Category EPP
Placement Length 10 weeks

The Host Organisation

CLEAR stands for Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration. The organisation is an active small charity operating in Levenmouth since 2007 with the aims of improving the local environment, building civic pride and active engagement. Buckhaven and the wider Levenmouth area suffers relatively high levels of deprivation with many characteristics of a neglected post-industrial community

CLEAR is active in planting and growing (growing spaces, community orchards and woodlands, shrub/bulbs, flower beds), community placemaking (litterpicks, heritage, art, paths, etc), local events and learning (Open Days, Comm. Cinema, community planning, etc, leaflets), volunteering and partnering by/with local people (as individual and as groups, eg local schools, health groups, unemployed etc) and in local advocacy (engagement with Council processes, communication, lobbying etc).

Now that growing and food production is starting to yield results, we are looking at more effective and efficient ways of utilising this production for greater community impact and income.

The Role

The organisation is looking for a candidate to work as a Food Utilisation Researcher who will conduct preparatory research to assist the organisation improve the effective utilisation of fresh local produce, mainly for local consumption.  

CLEAR has an active growing component. They are currently yielding increasing quantities of fruit, berries, currants and vegetables with scope to increase foraging in nearby wild areas.

The project would involve analysing the current situation, exploring potential opportunities and identifying ways of carrying out activities in an efficient and cost-effective way. The candidate will have to consider the time and budget limitations of a small charity. Research methods could include surveys, interviews and other forms of data collection methods. The organisation is open to suggestions and practical ideas for improving the use of Fareshare food and how to engage with current volunteer. The placement offers the candidate scope to tailor the research and to make their own contribution to this project.

Tasks would include:

a) Exploring harvesting and food storage arrangements

b) Identify scope for foraging (potential plants available and possible uses)

c) Research processing possibilities

d) Establish effective distribution and marketing opportunities (such as growers market, own brand cordials/jams/chutneys, free distribution to disadvantaged local people etc.)

As a result of the placement, you will have produced the following outcomes:

• A brief, readable report which would include an estimation of current and future potential yield, practical suggestions for improved storage and effective distribution/marketing (5 years forecast). 

•  Suggestions and ideas for new activities including costings, guidelines and contacts.

• Formal presentation of project findings and discussion session.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a passionate about the environment with an interest in growing and producing food. The candidate will be expected to bring fresh ideas and creativity to this role.

The candidate will also have the following skills:

• Analytical capacity – ability to gather relevant information based on direct survey, discussion, secondary research and contacts with key individuals.

• Environmental awareness – an understanding of how practical food processing can be scaled up and made relevant and useful to the wider local community in ways which are manageable by a small charity

• IT and basic communication skills for research and for production of a report

• Reasonable ability to interact with a wide range of local people, officials, and to work in a slightly challenging office and community environment, with full support

• Initiative, motivation and flexibility

 

A bike can be provided for local trips as well lifts on occasion.

Deadline: 16 August | Start Date: 4 September | Hours: Full-time | £8.45 an hour