Mushroom Farm Harvester - Leckford Estate

Job Type Agriculture
Food Technology
Transport / Warehouse / Logistics
Region South East England
Location Leckford
Stockbridge
Preferred Hours Full and Part Time
Partnership Level
10
Closing Date 15/8/2018
Vacancy Type
Permanent
Salary £8.20 - £9.43
Salary Frequency per hour
Hours of Work
Range of fixed-term contracts available to suit candidate preference
Between 6-30 hours per week, equivalent to 1-5 days per week
Start times available: 07:00 - 13:30

Shifts of 10:00 - 14:30 also available.

Flexibility required to complete the harvest.

Duties & Responsibilities

--- About Leckford ---

We are a 4,000-acre estate near Stockbridge, Hampshire. The estate was purchased in 1929 by John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and we have been farming it now for nearly 90 years.

We are the Waitrose Farm and our produce is supplied to Waitrose stores across the country. The estate is diverse and our commercial businesses span property, food production, farming, retail and leisure activities.

We care passionately about British farming and the environment and we practice 'The Waitrose Way' of healthy living, fair treatment, treading lightly on the environment and championing British produce.

--- About the Mushroom Farm ---

Leckford Estate has 16 growing rooms specifically created for mushroom crop production. We produce the finest quality Chestnut mushrooms from the Estate, including pre-packed products and loose products. Mushrooms are harvested at different times of maturity producing different product lines.

Our crop consists of five lines in total: Chestnut Cups, Portabellini, Portabella, South of England and 2kg loose Chestnut Cups. In order to achieve the finest mushrooms, each room maintains a 16-18-degree temperature. We have been producing mushrooms on the Estate since 1986 and typically harvest 25-26 tonnes of Chestnut mushrooms per week on The Waitrose Farm; each is carefully hand picked and packaged for protection.

--- About the role ---

As a Mushroom Farm Harvester, you will be hand-harvesting mushrooms from our growing rooms, ensuring optimal picking rates, punnet and tray weights, mushroom quality and presentation.

You will play an important part of a wider team responsible for supplying high-quality mushrooms to our Waitrose supermarkets.

More information about our Mushroom Farm: www.leckfordestate.co.uk/produce/mushrooms

Job Requirements

The main responsibilities of our Mushroom Farm Harvesters are:

- Correct selection of mushrooms from the growing bed
- Correct handling of mushrooms
- Correct trimming of the stalk
- Quality grading of the mushrooms
- Assessing product presentation
- Assessing the correct punnet/tray weights
- Monitoring and maintaining a high picking rate
- Keeping the picking area free of debris
- Cleaning and stripping the beds

The role would suit someone who:

- Has good hand-eye co-ordination
- Has experience of manual harvesting of fruit / vegetable crops
- Shows attention to detail in all aspects of their work
- Can work on their own initiative and unsupervised for short periods within the working day
- Is flexible and adaptable (and willing to help out in other areas of the Mushroom Farm and Estate if and when required)
- Has good awareness of food quality and safety
- Has good health and safety awareness
- Has good understanding of the Partnership and of our Partnership values
- Instinctively demonstrates good Partnership behaviours in the workplace

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

- Demonstrable fluency in written and spoken English (due to the nature of the role, requiring regular communication with the rest of the team)
- Previous experience of any work that requires good hand-eye coordination over long periods of time
- Previous experience of working unsupervised
- Own transport, due to the location of the estate

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

- Basic food hygiene certificate
- Previous experience of harvesting fresh produce (fruit and / or vegetables; preferably mushrooms)

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