We often have interesting opportunities available for people wishing to join our community as working residents and for those wishing to work here on a part-time, non-residential basis.
All residents work 28 hours per week in exchange for full board and some pocket money- 20 paid hours in their specific area and 8 hours voluntary contribution in other areas as needed. All roles are paid at the rate of £9.80 per hour with deductions made for accommodation and board. After all deductions are made, we presently receive £186.33 per month.
All roles require a commitment to community living, co-operation, collaboration and sustainability as well as to the aims of Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research.
Current Residential Vacancies
This new and exiting position will involve taking a leading role in development and facilitation of our alternative education programme. Presently our programme includes topics such as Herbal Medicine, Permaculture, Self-Development, Contemporary Issues, Spirituality, and much more.
As Education Worker, you will work in collaboration with the Education Committee to develop curricula, reach out to new markets, establish connections with potential tutors, as well as designing marketing & promotional materials. As this is a new position, this role will be flexible in it’s remit, and we will consider adapting the job to applicants to a certain extent.
In addition to a specific focus upon education, you will also be working with the rest of the Resident Community in the week-to-week management of Braziers Park, as well as running the business and interacting with guests and volunteers.
You will work in collaboration with the community to ensure all maintenance is done in accordance with listed buildings regulations, health and safety legislation, our environmental policy, and take responsibility for urgent repairs. You will have the practical aptitude for such tasks, with necessary skills and experience. You will also help us work towards environmental sustainability wherever possible and will work especially closely with the Estate Team, as well as other core teams, to achieve this.
This role requires good experience in cooking nutritious, economical and well presented meals for community and paying guests – usually between 15 and 40. You will, ideally, have kitchen management experience and be prepared to help us keep our 5-star hygiene rating. Most meals are vegetarian and we occasionally cook our own home-reared meat, but that would not be essential. You will need the energy and ability to regularly teach and supervise volunteers in the kitchen, be able to run food stalls at 2 or 3 events per year and collaborate with our organic food grower and other residents and teams.
Resident roles are potentially available at any time in the following areas:
- Education Worker
- Kitchen Coordination
- Gardening and Food Growing
- Office Administration
- Campsite Coordination
If you are interested in a role in any of these areas that are presently fully staffed, you may still complete the application form (hyperlink above) and note that you would like us to file your interest in our database, and contact you should an opportunity arise. We will keep this information safe and secure in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, 2018.
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Applying to become a Resident
Please read the job description, person specification and complete the application form, hyperlinked above.
You can also contact Duncan, our Volunteer & Resident Coordinator on 01491 680221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recruitment process consists of several visits and is briefly described below.
The Recruitment Process for Resident Applicants
On receipt of a promising completed application form, references are checked and applicants may then be invited to visit for a few days to get to know us. If favoured on both sides, a longer stay working in the role for 10-14 days will then be arranged. If this visit is successful, the applicant will be invited to join us for a 3-month trial period (which, in exceptional circumstances, may be extended to 6 months) and in which there will be a review after 6 weeks. If the applicant is successful, this will will lead to becoming a member of the resident community.
The above is the established application process, but we recognise that this process may not be viable for some people. If an applicant wishes to suggest an alternative approach, we are happy to consider this.
There are often many good applicants and only one can be selected, but unsuccessful applicants often continue a relationship with Braziers by becoming members of the Society, joining in on volunteer days, weekends and events, and opportunities to reapply may come up in future.