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Application details for Seasonal Assistant Grower


The Natural Vegetable Company is a Soil Association certified market garden based just outside Inverness.  It was founded in 2003 by Maggie Sutherland who has steadily grown the business over the years.  We grow and deliver a complete range of seasonal veg to households and restaurants in the Inverness area.


We work together as a small team to nurture plants from seed to mature plants ready for harvesting, packing and delivering direct to our customers.  We are primarily working with hand tools although we do still use a tractor.  We are currently moving away from tractor use and towards hand tools as it is more cost effective and less dependant on fossil fuels.  We grow around 40 different vegetable varieties each year.  Some varieties are grown inside our 4 large polytunnels, and others are better suited outside. 

Seasonal Assistant Grower Job Description

Contract length:  March to end of October 2020

Working hours:  Part-time; 14-21 hours per week

Holiday entitlement:  subject to number of hours worked

Probation period: 2 months


To be involved in all aspects of commercial vegetable growing on our organic market garden.  This is an opportunity for a reliable and conscientious individual who has/ or is looking to gain, some experience of commercial growing and is now committed to developing their skills and knowledge as part of a supportive team.

Tasks/ Job requirements:

​To be involved in all aspects of commercial growing which includes:

  • Sowing and propagation

  • Plant care

  • Planting

  • Weed control

  • Bed(ground) preparation

  • Harvesting

  • Packing

  • Site maintenance

  • Composting

Person Specification

  • The ability and desire to work as part of a small team in a cooperative and sensitive manor.

  • The ability to work individually with self-motivation.

  • The ability and willingness to undertake and complete tasks that are hard and physically demanding or repetitive, in all weathers and with a positive attitude.

  • The ability to carry out manual tasks with speed, precision and attention to detail.

  • The ability to use initiative in problem solving.

  • The ability and willingness to communicated effectively with other members of the team.

  • The willingness to observe, reflect and offer constructive ideas and feedback in order to solve problems and develop best practices.

  • An underlying positive attitude to ones work and conduct.

To apply, send a copy of your CV (with references) alongside a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification - referring to previous experience where appropriate.  Please let us know what motivated you to want to join us.  









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