EcoTalent Internship – Community Kitchen and Gleaning Intern in East Brighton

Key Information

Job title Community Kitchen and Gleaning Intern (x2) Application deadline Monday 13th December Interview date TBC Start date TBC Salary £9.90/hour (Real Living Wage) Contract length and working pattern 6 months; 25 hours per week Location Bristol Estate Community Hub, 146a Donald Hall Road, Brighton, BN2 5DJ (Tuesday-Thursday). Multiple locations (Friday).

We are looking for two enthusiastic young people to work as Community Kitchen and Gleaning Interns with Feedback’s team in East Brighton. The successful candidates will support the community kitchen and product development programme to create tasty and healthy products from otherwise wasted food. The interns will also play a role in Feedback’s Covid-19 community response work, providing meals and food supplies to households facing food insecurity. 3 days per week of the role will be based at the Bristol Estate in East Brighton, with the remaining day either for training with Feedback staff or working visits to farms and community food projects.

These and all of our EcoTalent internship opportunities are made possible thanks to the support of Our Bright Future. EcoTalent is one of 31 Our Bright Future projects across the UK. Each one is equipping 11-24 year olds to make a difference in their local community and for the environment. Our Bright Future is a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

This internship is also made possible through support from the Government Kickstart Scheme.

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About the job

Purpose of the position

The interns will work with the team at the kitchen, developing skills and experience in how to run an inclusive community kitchen, which works with and for the local community.

The EcoTalent Interns will also play a role in attending gleaning days with the Sussex Gleaning Network, as well as working at community gardening projects located at local sites.

Scope of job

  • 3 days per week on site at the BELTA kitchen in East Brighton. Working alongside the team to fulfill orders of meals and products made from surplus produce. This will include washing, chopping, cooking, portioning and packing food.  
  • Assisting in the development of a new local food start-up enterprise, including product development, social media and community engagement. 
  • Learning about and supporting the operations of the community kitchen (currently providing emergency food), applying safe and hygienic working practices in the setting of a global pandemic. 
  • 1 day a week working outdoors attending gleaning days at farms in Sussex or working at community food growing projects – tasks will include harvesting, weeding and general farm work. 
  • Attend regular training sessions online facilitated by Feedback staff. 

Who we are looking for:

The person should:

  • Have an interest in contributing to making healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and sustainable food more accessible in the local community
  • Have good communication and teamwork abilities
  • Have an interest in cookery 
  • Be keen to learn about how to grow and harvest vegetables 
  • Enjoy being outdoors, be enthusiastic, hardworking and keen to learn. Physically fit and able to work outside and in a kitchen


  1. You must be aged 18-24 years old
  2. You must be legally entitled to work in the UK
  3. You must currently be in receipt of Universal Credit and referred via the Job Centre Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: Eco Talent placements are designed to assist those who have experienced barriers to entry in to the environmental and community food sectors. As such, we will prioritise candidates who do not have undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications. We still encourage you to apply If you have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

COVID-19 TRAVEL TO WORK: In line with the latest government guidance on travel to work, extra precautions must be taken when travelling to this placement via public transport. If you’d like to avoid public transport, we do have a bursary scheme to support the purchase of a bicycle or other low carbon methods of travel to work.


These placements are open to everyone, regardless of experience or background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to young people from under-represented backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or if you feel overlooked by mainstream institutions.

No previous experience in the environmental sector is necessary. We encourage applications from:

  • People who are passionate about affecting positive change and want to take action to tackle climate change but have not studied a relevant subject at college or university.
  • People who have studied a relevant subject at university but have not been able to secure paid employment in that sector within a year of graduating.
  • People who are interested in training in practical food delivery (cooking, growing or distribution) with a sustainable focus but have little or no previous professional experience.
  • People who are interested in environmental campaigning but do not feel confident in how to take steps towards this

How to apply

Please click the “Apply Now” button below and fill in the application form to apply – you do not need to provide a cover letter or CV. You’ll be asked the following questions, which you may answer these either by text or by uploading an audio/video recording if you prefer:

  1. Tell us about yourself
  2. Drawing from your personal experience, tell us why you care about people’s ability to access healthy and sustainable food?
  3. Why do you want to work with Feedback in East Brighton?
  4. Please tell us about any connection to the local area (East Brighton)
  5. Can you tell us about barriers you feel you face in securing employment? If you were offered the role, what would you want to prove to the world, and yourself? This might be as a result of your own confidence, or you might feel it’s down to wider problems like discrimination

You do not need to send a CV or cover letter.

NOTE: You must be a universal credit claimant to be eligible for this role – we will be unable to advance your application to the next stage if we do not receive a referral from your work coach. To be referred, contact your work coach at your local Job Centre, and let them know you are interested in applying for this role.

Deadline for applications:  Monday 13th December

Date of interviews: TBC

Start date: TBC

 If you have any questions relating to the role itself and your time at BELTA, contact Phil Holtam via 07732870733 or

If you have any questions about Feedback’s EcoTalent programme or your time with Feedback, please contact James Turner or via 07791 281787 or email to 

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About Feedback

Feedback is a small NGO that works on transforming the food system. We are known for our bold campaigning style and are proud to often be called 'the troublemakers in the room' for calling out greenwashing and the lacklustre efforts of big corporations. We work across multiple aspects of our food system, including industrial meat, food waste, farmed fish, British sugar and ‘green’ energy generated through Anaerobic Digestion of edible food. You will spend the 1st and 7th week of your placement with Feedback. This time will be spent on learning more about the environmental and ecological crisis and how it relates to the food system, and on your own professional development working on skills such as job application and CV writing, and interview skills.  You will also spend 0.5 days per week during your placement with Feedback, this time will be spent gaining further skills, discussing your progress, and creating networks. Feedback is supported by Our Bright Future to offer 36 paid internship placements with environmental organisations between January 2020 and June 2021. Each placement lasts around 15 weeks and is paid Living Wage. Young people aged 18-24 may apply, and placements will be made with host organisations working in the nexus of food and the environment. These placements have been created to offer more accessible points of entry into the environmental sector in the hope of training a workforce of sustainable food leaders and increasing diversity in the environmental sector. Apply Now