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Seasonal Volunteer-Assistants Wanted

Embercombe is intending to re-open this Spring and we are now looking for voluntary assistants to help deliver our fast-paced programme of inspiring courses and venue hires over a 6-month period.

Dependent on Covid-restrictions, we are hoping to resume our residential season in April so positions will start in mid-March for inductions and pre-programme set up. For each assistant, in exchange for a 28-hour working week, we will be offering simple accommodation on our beautiful land with a communal lounge and kitchen. Alternatively, we have space for your own park-up / live-in vehicle and the opportunity will also be available to those local, living off site. In return for your contribution, you will receive meals when our programme kitchen is operational for participants, together with a modest monthly stipend to support food / other requirements, during the periods whilst it is closed.

Site & Land positions (driving licence required)

Site Maintenance x 1 Position
Taking a lead on the site maintenance, repairs and improvements. The role would suit an experienced skilled general builder, with site management experience ideally with some knowledge of building regulations, site health and safety and related legalities. 

Skills desired: Driving licence (essential), tractor & trailer experience, chainsaw basic tickets, site Health & Safety knowledge, site/building electrics & basic12V systems, plumbing, carpentry, drainage/sewage systems, familiar with yurts & wood burner maintenance/installation, basic tool & kit maintenance, familiar with 2 stroke machines, any mechanical knowledge and any workshop/joinery experience.

Land & Site x 1 Position
Taking a lead on our groundskeeping work; some grass cutting, strimming, bins, firewood and kindling production, moving things around site, helping with building maintenance and any new building projects as time permits. 

Skills desired: Driving licence (essential), and any additional skills listed above would be very helpful.

Kitchen & House 

This will involve supporting the set-up and in-programme delivery that provides a clean, warm and homely welcome together with full bellies for our guests. This forms much of the backbone of our day to day operational needs.

The Kitchen is a busy, working environment that delivers plant-based, heart-full food for participants.  Kitchen duties will include; helping to support food prep, holding breakfast sittings, setting up our Dining Yurt, serving meals and assisting guests, washing up, regular deep cleans. House duties will include; supporting guests to arrive to clean, rustic yet beautiful accommodation and spaces via accommodation set up, in-programme cleaning of communal areas such as bathrooms, working with schedules, time sensitivity, efficient back-end systems and rota’s. 

There will also be more behind-the-scenes work that supports the effective running of Embercombe that enables us to fulfil our aims as an organisation, together with possibilities for self-directed learning with support available in areas of interest. 

As a thriving organisation, one of Embercombe’s core principles is the embodied-philosophy of providing service to others and the greater collective and we are therefore looking for responsible individuals with capacity for calmness, flexibility and responsiveness in a busy, dynamic and often demanding, work environment. Set in a quiet rural location, you will be living in close proximity with the land and to each other, so it is important that you feel comfortable, considerate and caring within group/shared living.

Please use our online form to make your application. Closing date 10th Feb.