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Staff Vacancies

Join the team

Sunseed is run by voluntary staff members. Coordinators' contracts last for a year, while assistants come for 3 or 6 months (both can be extended). You will find the upcoming vacancies and the general work conditions below.
If you are interested in a certain position, please do apply as eventually it will be open.

Now recruiting:

Operations Coordinator (November 2021)

Sunseed is a non-formal education project for the transition towards sustainability that has existed for more than 30 years and is now in the process of adopting a more inclusive structure inspired by sociocracy. In this context, the goal of the Operations Coordinator is to have an oversight on the legal requirements, the finances and future of the project.

Minimum 1 year voluntary work contract.
Payment 210€/month as a coordinator.
6 hours of work/day.

Core Responsibilities

● Keep constant communication between the staff on site, trustees, lawyer and external business administrator.
● Do monthly internal accounts with the cooperation of coordinators and other community members.
● Elaborate final year’s financial review.
● Manage legal documents including insurances, taxes, deeds, local facilities, contracts and agreements, etc.
● Take care of legal responsibilities of Sunseed to the UK and Spanish state.
● Predict income and examine expenditure to identify areas where more resources are required.
● Make invoice and staff payments.
● Update the admin & trustee Google drive and folders regularly.
● Create work systems and be willing to teach the community on admin tasks.

Requirements

● Fluent in both Spanish and English
● Experience in accounting and finance management
● Good communication skills (including the ability to work as part of a closely integrated team), confidence, sensitivity, patience and open-mindedness to work with all members of the group
● Ability to live in a basic communal environment with limited resources and the desire to live and work closely with community members
● Committed to be an equal amongst the members of the team

Desirable Skills

● Familiar with Spanish law
● Previous experience in Sunseed and aware of its challenges
● Commitment to promoting sustainable living and the aim of Sunseed
● Previous knowledge of NGO administration
● An understanding of organisational structures, particularly sociocratic organisations

Organic Gardens Coordinator (November 2021)

Sunseed is a non-formal education project for the transition toward sustainability. We are entirely off-grid and committed to teaching visitors how to live a low-impact lifestyle in harmony with nature.

Specific techniques in horticulture are required to work the terrace system and traditional irrigation channel. The Organic Garden department currently cares for twelve gardens which produce a wide range of food crops. The role of the gardens is to provide food for the project, education and research and improve environmental integration by maximizing the cycling of our waste materials. 

Our gardens are run strictly according to organic principles and we incorporate the use of permaculture design. Careful soil management is especially important. No artificial chemicals are used. 

Working in the gardens is always popular with volunteers, therefore the Gardens Coordinator needs to be able to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

Stipend of 210 e/ per month

Core Responsibilities:

- Using a mixture of methods such as crop rotation, companion planting, inter-cropping
- Planning sowing and transplanting times
- Preparing garden beds
- Tree care
- Greenhouse management
- Soil Management
- Monitoring crop yield
- Starting and maintaining compost heaps
- Crop selection
- Proper irrigation techniques
- Using organic methods for pest control
- Trialling and developing effective gardening techniques to meet local conditions
- Assisting and supervising volunteers
- Supervising innovative volunteer projects
- Education and Documentation
- Incorporating volunteers into the work and methodology
- Assistance with development of volunteer projects to satisfactory completion
- Writing and supervising the documentation of larger projects, preparing projects proposals, producing literature.
- Inter-departmental co-operation
- Work as a team to ensure the smooth running of Sunseed
- Planning and monitoring a departmental budget

Requirements:

-Fluency in English
- Experience and knowledge of all aspects of organic growing 
- Tolerance of hard physical work in hot conditions
- Ability to lead and motivate volunteers, who range from those with a wealth of experience to those with very little
- Ability to work in co-operation with other departments

Desired skills:

- Fluency in Spanish
- Driving licence
- Experience with Permaculture
- Experience with agroforestry

Required skills:

  1. Commitment to Sunseed’s vision, mission and goals

  2. Commitment to environmental stewardship and social change

  3. Willingness to share knowledge and ideas and encourage learning, teaching and community integration

  4. Ability to give short talks and guided tours

  5. Ability to be flexible, co-operative and welcoming to all visitors

  6. Ability to provide mentoring for visitors and supervise their projects

  7. Good communication skills, good spoken and written English

Desirable skills:

  1. Some knowledge of Spanish and willingness to improve language skills

  2. If over 25, a full driving license valid for driving in Spain

  3. Interest in living off-grid in a sustainable way

Benefits

Vegeterian food

Locally sourced mostly organic food included

Paid holidays

24 days of paid holidays per year

Amenities

Internet, cosmetics, detergents, library, etc. provided

Scenic landscape

Unique location within a natural reserve with a natural pool

Coordinator
210

Monthly

  • Contract of 12-24 months
  • Accommodation: basic single room
  • 2 paid days off a month
  • 150€ travel assistance at the end of each contract year
All staff are responsible for their own insurance and up-to-date tetanus jabs.
Assistant
25/50*

Monthly

  • Contract of 3-6 months
  • Accommodation: basic shared room
  • 40€ travel assistance at the end
  • 2 days paid holidays per month
*25€/month for 3 months commitment, 50€/month for more than 3 months commitment. 

Committing to Sunseed 

Living at Sunseed as a community member means more than simply doing your job well. You will be expected to put your environment first and personal needs second.

You will be expected to take part fully in community life, relevant meetings and to assist in duties that are outside of your post like sharing communal duties such as cooking and cleaning, as well as setting a good example in areas such as enthusiasm, safe practices, punctuality and socialising.

All staff participate in the planning and implementation of tasks in their department and contribute to the overall longer-term strategic development of the project.

All staff are responsible for supervising volunteers and implementing the Health and Safety guidelines in all activities. This is of the utmost importance for staff involved in supervising unskilled volunteers in potentially hazardous situations.

All staff are expected to follow and oversee Sunseed’s mission and policies (vegetarian, no-chemical, no-drug), procedures (grievance) and agreements (communal).