Volunteer Assistants 2022

We will soon be saying farewell to this year’s wonderful group of voluntary assistants who have worked closely with our core team during 2021 and contributed extensively across all aspects of delivery. The time has come to look ahead towards new beginnings so we are now recruiting for next year, with different opportunities available in Spring 2022 to join Embercombe’s vibrant team, live on the land and help support our fast-paced and exciting programme of inspiring courses and venue hires. 

In exchange for an average 28-hour working week, each assistant receives simple, single-occupancy accommodation, usually in our beautiful Medicine Garden alongside a shared, communal lounge and kitchen. We also have space available for park-up / live-in vehicles and positions are open to those local, living off site, as well. In return for the contribution, assistants receive all meals whilst our programme kitchen is in delivery, together with a weekly stipend of £80. 

We are offering opportunities within the following areas:

Site & Land (driving licence required)

We are inviting applications from those with experience in the following areas listed below, as well as to those wishing to build and develop their skill-base. Taking a lead on our groundskeeping work; some grass cutting, strimming, bins, firewood and kindling production, transporting things around site, helping with building maintenance and any new building projects as time permits.  

Site Maintenance

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.

Hosting (1st Aid certificate required, driving licence beneficial)

Hosts are an essential part of our delivery team and provide an enriching experience for every guest that steps through our gates, helping them feel looked after and at home throughout their time with us. Representing Embercombe, the role involves greeting guests and supporting their stay during programmes and events and requires great people skills, flexibility, self-motivation and an ability to respond intuitively to a variety of situations.


The kitchen is a fun, dynamic and creative environment, delivering delicious, plant-based meals for our programmes. Working together with a team of innovative cooks passionate about sustainability, duties include; supporting all aspects of food preparation and delivery, serving meals, deep cleans, stock checks and ordering. We welcome applicants with all levels of experience; from home cooks to those with simply a love of good food and who are keen to learn more and develop their skills, to chefs with professional backgrounds. 


From our wonderful programme spaces to much-loved yurts and rustic compost loos, the house team forms part of the backbone of our operations and are dedicated to creating an exceptionally warm, welcoming, comfortable and cared-for environment for everyone who stays on our land. With commitment to high standards, a keen eye for beauty and attention to detail, duties include: accommodation preparation for our guests, in-programme cleaning of communal areas, KP shifts, working with time-sensitive schedules, efficient back-end systems and rotas. 


This will involve daily administrative tasks including forward facing activities such as answering participants questions on the phone or by email, or behind the scenes tasks like printing course materials and assisting the hosting team. We require someone with flexibility and a broad range of technical capability and organisation to help with continuity and customer experience as we streamline the administrative systems. Part of this role will also be to assist the marketing team with social media, photography, and online hosting of events.

For each position, there will be opportunity to support the ‘behind-the-scenes’ organisational running that enables our team to fulfil Embercombe’s aims, alongside possibilities for self-directed learning with support available in areas of interest. 

As a thriving organisation, one of our 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 work-place. 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 applications for the positions advertised. Closing date 12 November.

Starting from 10 January, we’re offering 12, 24 and 48 week posts, please state which you’re interested in upon application.

Day Volunteering

Would you like to spend a day on our land offering your help with practical tasks?

We are looking for local, Devon-based day volunteers who would like to work alongside our on-site staff and facilitators one Saturday a month and help us with a variety of tasks on our 50 acre estate in Higher Ashton. This is an opportunity for you to have a weekend break to reconnect with nature in our beautiful valley, learn about the various rewilding initiatives we are doing on our land, make local connections and learn new land-based skills. We will start from 9:30am- 4:30pm, with varied tasks from gardening, maintenance activities such as wedding, picking fruits in our various fruit orchards to helping in our herbal and medicinal gardens; with an hour lunch break where we provide a delicious vegetarian lunch and give you time to explore our land, or even take a dip in our beautiful lake!

Please sign up to our volunteering mailing list below if you’re interested and we will be in touch soon with our first date in April.

Skills and abilities
We are looking for active and fit people of ages 18+ with an interest in gardening, nature and being outdoors. Children accompanied with a parent are also welcome. You are encouraged to work at your own pace, to take rests when you need them, and therefore you do not need to start with a high level of fitness.

What to wear
Please wear suitable clothes (appropriate to weather, ones you don’t mind getting dirty or damaged) and sturdy footwear such as wellies or walking boots. We will provide a delicious lunch with our small on-site team as a thank you for your efforts.

When and how often
One Saturday a  month, start 9.30am and finish 4.30pm, at Embercombe, Higher Ashton, Exeter EX6 7QQ.


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