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Vacancies available:

  • Kitchen Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Local Kitchen and House self-employed workers

Kitchen Manager

Reports to: Managing Director. This post is part of the Leadership Team.
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £26,000 per annum pro rata
Hours: The role is available full time 40 hours/week, or split in two part-time (15-25 hours/ week). Please state in your application which format (full-time or part-time) you are interested in. This role entails a variation in hours depending on Embercombe’s programmes schedule

Location: Embercombe EX6 7QQ, Devon

Summary

We are looking for a Kitchen Manager for our retreat centre, who is proactive, an enthusiastic team player and passionate about food. The post would be perfect for someone who is interested in Embercombe’s ethos and has skills both in kitchen management and cheffing. The role-holder will be responsible for day-to-day functioning of the kitchen, including the management of a small team of volunteers and contractors, health and safety, kitchen budget, food sourcing, stock management and food hygiene.

About Embercombe

Embercombe is Devon’s leading eco-retreat.
It is a place to reconnect with nature, each other and oneself.
It offers self-development programmes in nature, rewilding education and venue hire.
The site currently uses one kitchen, with the potential of using a second. Meals are organic and locally sourced (as far as possible) and prepared for 20 to 80 people depending on programmes.

Job Purpose

To provide a wholesome food experience for all visitors to Embercombe.
The role includes planning and leading on the preparation of food, kitchen management, and  communicating about our work in the kitchen to our audiences.

Key Outcomes

The functioning of Embercombe kitchen as a safe and efficient place in which to work, a well-stocked and well-maintained kitchen, delicious and healthy meals prepared for our participants and a happy team.

Principal Tasks

Kitchen management

  • Draft and manage kitchen budgets
  • Order and regularly check stock
  • Build strong working relationships with key suppliers and contractors
  • Order equipment and other disposables
  • Plan menus for all programmes
  • Review and maintain stock rotation
  • Keep overview of freezer stock and defrosting schedule
  • Keep overview of leftovers/ surplus stock and ensure food waste is kept to minimum
  • Responsible for cleanliness, tidiness, organisation of kitchen
  • Maintain food hygiene standards and records

Delivery

  • Responsible for all meals preparation
  • Lead kitchen team when on kitchen floor
  • Ensure dietary requirements are catered for

Team

  • Coordinate kitchen staffing
  • Recruitment and supervision of volunteers
  • Recruitment and supervision of contractors
  • Create rotas for volunteers and contractors
  • Coordinate deep cleans

Wider team and communications

  • Liaise with other departments (host, support, house, site) re: programmes requirements 
  • Part of leadership team: attend and contribute to team meetings 
  • Respond to email queries re: dietary requirements, specific programme requests
  • Write pieces about food for the website

Person Specification

Essential

  • 2 years of chef experience
  • Level 3 Food Hygiene certification
  • Experience managing a kitchen, including health and safety, stock and budgets
  • Experience communicating efficiently within a team and with suppliers
  • In line with Embercombe’s ethos, a deep connection to food and place
  • Ability to prioritise, delegate and maintain an overview of the needs of the kitchen
  • Experience with managing dietary requirements for groups

Desirable

  • Experience task managing and training up volunteers
  • Interested in communicating outwardly about our connection to food and place

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@embercombe.org

 

We will review applications as they arrive with us.


Site Manager

Reports to: Managing Director. This post is part of the Leadership Team.
Contract: Permanent, full time
Salary: £28,000 per annum pro rata
Location: Embercombe EX6 7QQ, Devon
Basic accommodation (caravan on site) is available if desired by the suitable candidate

Summary

We are looking for a Site Manager for our 50 acre rewilding site and retreat centre, who is proactive, pragmatic and an enthusiastic team player. The post would be perfect for someone who is interested in Embercombe’s ethos and has skills both in project management and in practical repairs. The role-holder will have experience in site management of both buildings and land and will be responsible for day-to-day repair work and maintenance across the site as well as the management of our health and safety requirements, external supply contracts, on-site facilities and related expenditure. The role holder will be able to respond and adapt to the changing needs of the organisation, while making quick and effective decisions inline with a limited budget.

About Embercombe

Embercombe is Devon’s leading eco-retreat.
It is a place to reconnect with nature, each other and oneself.
It offers self-development programmes in nature, rewilding education and venue hire.
The site comprises of five main buildings, including kitchens, showers, tools workshop.
Yurts, caravans and cabins are accommodation for about 70 participants, volunteers and staff.
The land is 50 acres of meadow, forest, a lake, a medicine garden and its rewilding process is managed by our Rewilding Lead.

Job Purpose

To provide a consistently excellent, and cost-effective site management service to the staff, volunteers, customers and visitors of Embercombe.
To provide a safe learning, working and living environment at Embercombe.
This role includes health and safety, maintenance planning and  practical repairs, for both buildings and land.

Key Outcomes

The functioning of Embercombe site as a welcoming, well-maintained, attractive, safe and efficient place in which to work, learn and experience nature.
Delivery of a consistently good site management service within the context of a very limited budget.
The implementation of good standards of good health and safety practice in meeting regulatory and operational requirements.

Principal Tasks

Carry out day-to-day basic works: 

  • The upkeep, repairs and replacement of buildings including accommodation, caravans, offices, kitchen, tool workshop and main programme areas
  • Electrical repairs, upgrades and replacements
  • Plumbing, water supplies and compost toilets
  • Maintenance and repairs of site outdoors infrastructure ( e.g fences, gates, drainage) 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of vehicles
  • Bins, recycling and compost management

Carry out day to day land based basic works:

  • Cutting back vegetation, mowing, trimming hedges
  • Maintaining pathways and roads
  • Maintaining the orchard and our small medicine garden (currently being created)
  • Ensuring adequate firewood supply

With Managing Director and ad hoc consultant advice, implement a comprehensive and effective, risk-based health and safety regime in accordance with all relevant legislation, and commonly accepted good practice at Embercombe. As part of this regime, carry out risk assessments for all activities on site and complete regular site checks.
Procure, manage and coordinate all site-related supply contracts; these include (but are not limited to): utilities, telephones and printers, refuse collection, rates, and insurance.
Design, in collaboration with the Managing Director, and implement an effective, costed, and responsive short term and long-term plan for maintenance, upgrade and renewal. This includes, but is not limited to facilities maintenanc, vehicle maintenance and upkeep, on-site sewage system maintenance, waste, recycling, compost and vermin control.
Manage one/two part-time maintenance assistant volunteer(s) (including task management and skills development)
Monitor financial expenditure tightly against approved budgets
Act as first point of contact for out-of-hours incidents, on a rota with the team
Oversee the coordination and implementation of one-off projects on site as required.
Work with the Rewilding Lead to create a long term site management plan
Be an ambassador for Embercombe and its partners and associates, promoting and modelling our work and values to all on site
Be aware of and sensitive to the nature of courses, programmes, retreats and experiences that are hosted at Embercombe and adapt work scheduling accordingly

Person Specification

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience in site management: both buildings and land
  • Demonstrable experience of managing site Health and safety requirements
  • Demonstrable basic repair skills, and use of tools and equipment
  • Experience of getting tasks done on a very small budget 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with proven ability to work collaboratively
  • Positive, ‘can do’ attitude and ability to support and motivate others where needed
  • Ability to see the big picture, but with an eye for detail 
  • Ability to make quick and effective decisions 
  • Able to find pragmatic solutions, seek improvements, and adapt to changing situations
  • Able to present information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Team player with a good self-autonomy
  • Excellent organisation, time management, prioritising and the ability to handle a complex, varied workload
  • Able to respond and adapt to fast pace and changing needs

Desirable

  • Managing Fire Safety
  • Qualification in first aid 
  • IOSH Managing Health & Safety 
  • Experience managing a customer focused facility
  • Legionella compliance qualification

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@embercombe.org

 

We will review applications as they arrive with us.


Local Kitchen and House help wanted 

We are an eco-retreat offering regular shifts for Kitchen and House self employed workers, 20 mins drive from Exeter.

Would you like to be part of a beautiful team of active and caring people? We offer regular shifts throughout the year, daytime and evenings, week days and weekends. The work is about creating the best experience for our participants, in our facilities and around food. Tasks include, but are not limited to: helping preparing yurts and spaces before programmes, cleaning spaces and preparing bedding, washing dishes, clearing kitchen, cleaning bathrooms. 

You will be working with a small happy team, who love to be active. Passionate about Embercombe’s mission, we have a supportive attitude toward one another, and bring a sense of ‘being in service’ to our work. We care about spaces, we are rustic but have high standards, we have an eye for finishing details.

If you share Embercombe’s ethos, have good standards of cleanliness and love making a space look great and feel welcoming for our participants, please be in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Pay: £10 per hour.

To apply, please send a short paragraph about your experience, motivation for working with us, and general availability to: sasha@embercombe.org or call on 01647 252983.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 3rd January 2023 at 9pm.

“I love working as a contractor at Embercombe. I’ve been working there for nearly 2.5 years and I’m still amazed that I actually get paid for seeing my beautiful and supportive friends, having wonderful conversations, and soaking up the nature of the land, all whilst doing meaningful and worthwhile work. “

– Jessica Gordon