We 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 25 hours per week in exchange for board and lodging – 17 hours in their specific area and 8 hours general contribution wherever needed. There is also the option to work an additional paid 3 hours a week for £9.50/hr. Non-residential roles are also paid at the rate of £9.50 an hour.
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
Ornamental Gardener & Estate Team Member
Working within the Estate Team, you will be specifically responsible for the upkeep and development of the ornamental gardens on site. You will be expected to supervise a group of volunteers at least once a week in gardening or wider estate tasks and train them in basic horticultural practices. You will also be expected to collaborate with the Kitchen Gardener and other members of the estate team to help manage our 55 acre mixed estate.
Administrator (Holding list)
You will work within the office team and make sure day-to-day tasks are running smoothly, liaising with other teams. You will be required to respond to all enquiries to the office in a friendly and timely manner. The office can be pretty busy, so it’s an advantage if you enjoy a fast-paced environment. But also, we are keen to be open to discussion and rethinking at any time with anyone who wishes to talk to us. You will be running a vibrant business and managing a myriad of issues within the community. Knowledge of IT and website skills, including social media marketing, would be a big advantage.
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.
Kitchen Co-ordinator (x2)
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.
Current Non-residential Vacancy
Property Maintenance Manager
8 hours per week – £9.50 per hour
To oversee repairs and maintenance of buildings (some listed Grade 2*)
Engage and manage contractors
Liaise with employees and volunteers
Keep records showing compliance with statutory requirements
Liaise with tenants in Garden Cottage and Wychelo when necessary and requested.
Experience and personal qualities:
Experience of the building trade
Good knowledge of Health and Safety regulations
Able to prioritise workload
Able to build professional relations with contractors and community members
Punctual and reliable
For more details and to apply, please email a covering letter and your current CV to email@example.com.
Resident roles are potentially available at any time in the following areas:
- Kitchen Coordination
- Gardening and Food Growing
- Office Administration
- Campsite Coordination
If you are interested in a role in any of these areas, please email in a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will file your interest in a database, and contact you should an opportunity arise. We will keep this information safe and secure in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Applying to become a Resident
Please read the job description, person specification and complete the application form and email it to email@example.com.
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 a permanent residency in the 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.