Job vacancies

CLA career opportunities

Vacancies at the CLA come up from time to time.

Join us to unlock the potential of the rural economy by promoting innovative ideas to a national audience and providing practical support to members. In doing this we help our members can feed the country, create jobs and prosperity, invest in communities and protect the environment for future generations.

If you would like to see a detail job description and person specification or have any questions about our vacancies or our application process, please email

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.

All current vacancies with the CLA are listed below.

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

The CLA is seeking a Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, a role which is elected/re-elected annually at the AGM and may serve up to a maximum of six years.

The current Chair, Nick Downshire, will complete six years in November 2025 which is when the role is expected to become vacant. It is proposed to nominate the successful candidate to become a board member from November 2024.

The Chair receives a modest annual remuneration and is also entitled to claim expenses incurred attending meetings in person. The main meetings are: 4 x Board, 3 x Council, 2 x Audit and Risk, 2 x Investment and Reserves sub-committee, 2 x strategy session. Some of these will be held online but the majority are in person.

Download a copy of the full role specification - here.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Gavin Lane, Chair of the CLA Board, by email:

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and your relevant skills and experience to:

The closing date is Friday 28 June.

Download the CLA's recruitment data policy here.

What are the benefits of working for the CLA?

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits for all their staff which includes;

  • A Learning and Development programme, with a £500 pot to spend on career progression each year
  • 25 days holiday, increasing to 27 after 2 years' service, and 30 days after 3 years' service
  • Employer's pension contribution of up to 10% of salary
  • Access to a private 24-hour GP service
  • Workplace benefits such as payment of flu vaccinations, eye tests and option for Payroll Giving
  • Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme, exercise tutorials, nutritious recipes and financial wellbeing
  • Discount offers at over 800 retailers, including groceries, fashion and tech
  • Flexible working policy of home working up to 2 days a week, if your role enables you to.