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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 cooperation within society. You can learn more about our values base and work by exploring this website.


Customer Services Worker
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Warehouse - Fishponds, Bristol Permanent 40 per week 6/28/2022 Acrobat Reader download

Are you interested in wholefoods?
Would you like to be part of a worker co-operative?
Do you have great customer service skills?
If so, Essential Trading Co-operative would like to hear from you!

We are looking for a full-time enthusiastic Customer Services Worker to join our Sales team.
You’ll be joining a diverse, dynamic, and positive bunch of people aiming to change the world for the better. Essential is a pioneering worker co-operative, a wholesaler, manufacturer and retailer proud of specialising in ethically-produced, organic, fair trade and GMO-free food, sourced from all corners of the globe.

The role requires experience of office work, working knowledge of IT systems, excellent communication skills by phone, email, and in person, and an ability to work flexibly. The successful candidate will be well-organised, a good team player, and able to show great attention to detail. Some flexibility is required, but the general working day is between 9:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday.
Starting wage is £11.20 per hour, increasing after the completion of successful 6 month probation and with length of service.

To apply, please download an application form using the green link below and complete in conjunction with the Job Specification. Completed applications should be returned to by 12 noon Monday 27th June 2022.

Interviews will take place on Monday 4 July 2022


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



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 applying 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: