Job Opportunities at Essential Trading and Harvest's Retail Outlets

Are you …
… passionate about vegetarian/vegan and organic products?
… committed to human and animal rights?
… fed up with traditional employment structures?
… keen to get more involved in decision making?

Then you might be interested in joining Essential Trading. We are a worker co-operative, committed to ethical trading.

By applying to work at Essential, you will be applying to take on responsibility for the business's smooth running and success.

At Essential, we are guided by the basic co-operative principles of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and care for others, and are organised with reference to the values of:

Self-help: we work together for mutual benefit, in order to help each other, whilst also helping ourselves;
Self-responsibility: we all act responsibly and play a full part in the organisation;
Democracy: based on a one member, one vote principle;
Equality: we have equal rights and benefits;
Equity: we are treated justly and fairly;
Solidarity: we support each other and other co-operatives.

We're trying to make the world a better place, in which we can all live comfortably together without the exploitation of the Earth and everything that lives in it. All workers at Essential are deeply committed to our ethical values, which include ending the exploitation of humans, other animals and the Earth's resources, and encouraging co-operation within society. You can learn more about our values base and work by exploring this website.

Temporary Retail Worker - Harvest Bristol
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Harvest Shop Bristol Temporary 24 hours/w 24/02/2020 Acrobat Reader download

Do you like good food? Can you provide great customer service?  Why not join our Retail Team at Harvest Bristol? 

We are now hiring a temporary retail worker (maternity cover). This will be a 24-hour per week position worked over 3 days, starting March 2020 with planned end of contract in March 2021. Shift times will vary between 8:00am and 7.30pm between Monday and Wednesday. Wages are £9.50 per hour. The successful applicant will enjoy a generous staff discount on our yummy and ethical products as well as working in a friendly co-operative environment.

Harvest Bristol is part of the Essential Trading Worker Co-operative: a leading organic and Fairtrade product wholesaler, which manufactures and distributes sustainable wholefoods, ecological household products and cruelty-free body care items to independent wholefood stores across the UK and internationally.
The Retail Worker role involves serving customers, filling shelves, opening and closing the deli counter, receiving orders, and dealing with customer enquiries. 
The shop can be very busy and the successful applicant will be able to work hard and cope well under pressure. We combine a professional and efficient approach with a friendly personal service.

Please see the job description/person specification for further details and the web page below for other information and an application form. Please return applications to

Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 24th February 2020.

If you are interested in applying for any of the permanent or temporary vacancies listed above, please download and complete:

Please save the above form onto your computer before you email them to us. Alternatively, print it out and post it to the address stated on the application form..

If you want further information about Essential Trading Co-operative please read the info below:

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free to download) to open these files, click on the image on the right to download it.
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Please read the Job description, Essential's Mission Statement and Background, Wages and Benefits and Information about co-operatives documents carefully.
Please fill in the Application form as completely as possible, ensuring that you state the position that you are appliying for on the Application form.
Casual and seasonal work at Essential Trading
Occasionally we have short-term, casual positions at our Fishponds Warehouse in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Transport teams. If you are interested in casual work at Essential, then please complete this registration form, and email it to:
Casual and seasonal work at Harvest Natural Foods - Bath
If you are interested in casual work at our Harvest Bath shop then please complete this registration form, and email it to:
Casual and seasonal work at Harvest Natural Foods - Bristol
If you are interested in casual work at our Harvest Bristol shop then please complete this registration form, and email it to:
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