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Calving Assistant

We manage an autumn calving organic dairy herd based near Edenbridge in Kent. We are looking for a keen, enthusiastic and reliable person to join our team over the calving period.

Full training will be provided and no previous experience is necessary just a willingness to learn.

We will be calving 240 cows over a 8-10 week period, all calves are born outside and are then either reared in a straw barn or out in a paddock.

This is a part time position, roughly working 7am till 9am and then 3pm-5pm (these times may vary as the season progresses). Standard working days would be every Monday and Wednesday and every other weekend with an additional day every 2 weeks (this can be flexible).

Start date: 30th August 2021 through till November 2021 (with the potential to carry on a few days through until April for the right candidate).

Please email our Farm Manager Luke.williamson@boreplace.org for further details or to apply.

Housekeeper and Guest Support Team Member

Hours: 20 hours a week to be work flexibly

Bore Place is expanding its housekeeping team and is looking for a friendly and efficient person to join us to help with housekeeping, cleaning of all our properties, welcoming and looking after guests, food service and some basic food prep. Applicants should be hands-on, flexible with a positive attitude and good team skills, as well as being able to work to high standards with regard to cleaning and hygiene. 

Please see the Job Description for further information.

 The deadline for applications is Monday 26 July 

 To apply please send  

  • a letter including a statement outlining why you are suitable for this role
  • your CV including 2 details for 2 references

to hello@boreplace.org 

Estate Management Couple:

Live in Housekeeping Manager, Building and Gardens Caretaker

We are seeking a live-in estate and venue management couple to act as our housekeeping manager, buildings and gardens caretaker at Bore Place, a 500-acre organic farm estate in West Kent that provides a unique venue with sustainability at its heart. The estate is home to a charity delivering programmes for young people, public and private events and courses, as well as a home for complementary rural businesses. Our vision is a world where people and nature work together to regenerate ourselves and the planet. 

The purpose of these roles is to ensure the care of all clients, maintain the general upkeep of Bore Place and work to build our reputation as a premium venue.

We are looking for a friendly and welcoming couple who are well-organised and will embrace the Bore Place ethos and can demonstrate practical skills, a commitment to high standards and a can-do attitude.

Responsibilities will include managing the events and housekeeping team, acting as the lead host role for all groups staying at Bore Place, planning for the needs of all visiting groups to Bore Place, maintaining the general upkeep of the grounds and buildings, basic cooking and food prep, and co-ordinating and providing some of the 24/7 emergency on-call support service for guests.

We are a people-focused organisation and are looking for real team players with strong communication skills who can direct and manage a team of 7 staff and who can demonstrate an inherent drive for customer service and exceptional satisfaction levels.

 To the right candidates, we offer an excellent working environment, life insurance, a 3 bedroom house on-site, pensions and 38 days a year holiday.

Bore Place is home to the Commonwork Trust, an educational and sustainability charity supporting young people. We are looking for people sympathetic to our values and aims who are comfortable promoting the overall mission of Bore Place to colleagues and visitors.

Bore Place is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves and succeed on merit. We strive to ensure that opportunities to work and develop at Bore Place are open to all. We treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. 

 The safety and welfare of children and other vulnerable people on site is extremely important to us and is why we pride ourselves on our Safeguarding procedures.  All positions at Bore Place are subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check at the appropriate level. Please notify us of any disability at the earliest opportunity should you wish us to make any special arrangements for the application process or, if successful, for the role. We would be more than happy to make reasonable adjustments where appropriate.

 It is a requirement that any successful applicant has the right to work in the UK and can provide evidence of this. This would be an expressed term and condition of your employment with us.

 Please see the Job Description for further information.

 The deadline for applications is Monday 12 July at 10am.

 To apply please send  

  • a letter including a statement outlining why you are suitable for this role
  • your CV including 2 details for 2 references

to hello@boreplace.org 

First interviews will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 13th July 2021

Second interviews to be held at Bore Place on Wednesday 14th July,  Friday 16th July and Monday 19th July 2021

Social Media and Content Digital Assistant

Hours: 25 a week 

We are seeking a social media assistant to join the marketing team. The organisation is at an exciting point in its development, and we are keen to share our story more widely. We are looking for someone to evolve our social media channels and their audiences (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) through relevant and engaging posts and reels, as well as through better interaction with other users. The role will also offer the opportunity for blog writing and website content.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in, and experience, developing compelling social media content. Excellent communication and writing skills and an attention to detail are essential to be successful in this role along with a positive can-do attitude and good organisational skills. You should be able to take a good picture and know what one is.  You will need to be able to use email, internet and Microsoft Office as well as be familiar with the above social media channels. You should have the ability to work on your own initiative and have a flexible approach. Experience of paid for social posts would be an advantage but is not essential.  

Job Description

This role is part of the government’s Kickstart scheme, with roles available to anybody aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit. Applications can be submitted by visiting/contacting your local job centre and speaking to your Work Coach, referencing the job title.

Job Description

Garden Maintenance Team Member

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual looking to gain experience working as part of a team looking after the gardens of the Bore Place estate and to assist in the maintenance tasks of our onsite partner, Free Range Glamping.

The layout of Bore Place includes many different garden areas, and maintenance of these areas will include. weeding, raking, edging, and hoeing. You may have the opportunity to learn mechanical skills using battery-operated strimmers & hedge cutter, after relevant training.

Site tidiness is important to staff and visitors both for aesthetic and safety purposes and keeping on top of this includes including litter picking, ensuring gates are closed, safety checks and site walks looking out for any potential hazards.

We host several school groups at Bore Place and another aspect of this role will be to tidy away outside equipment and resources after educational activities and after school clubs, communicating with the Education Team to ensure they are best able to deliver successful learning experiences.

Site upkeep duties such as staining treating garden furniture, garden tool maintenance and organisation to keep our venue running smoothly and assistance with this will be a part of this role.

Emptying bins and sorting rubbish, cardboard, and glass for recycling is important to ensure we deliver on our promise to minimise our environmental impact on the beautiful world we live in.

Working safely is paramount here at Bore Place and you will be expected to ensure that you are following our Health & Safety policies for the benefit of all site users. Relevant training will be given on a range of tasks to ensure you understand and can follow these guidelines

We partner with multiple external businesses who work on-site and assisting our Glampsite manager to stack wood for the glamping pitches, empty and clean composting toilets and mowing and strimming of Glampsite areas will be part of this role approximately one day a week (Friday).

Our organisation has a remit to support young people to gain the life and work skills they need in order to secure long-term employment. We will support you with bespoke training centred around you as an individual.

How to apply

This role is part of the government’s Kickstart scheme, with roles available to anybody aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit. Applications can be submitted by visiting/contacting your local jobcentre and speaking to your Work Coach, referencing the job title.

Guest Services Team Member

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual looking to gain experience working as part of a busy housekeeping team. The role at Bore Place is to enable the smooth running of the variety of events we host.

Every event starts and finishes with the housekeeping team. This includes setting up equipment such as tables and chairs and tidying them away after use. You will work as a team to get our properties ready for our guests and identify equipment that might be required in order to have a successful event or stay here, that is well-run and delivers over and above their expectations.

The daily cleaning of our premises is vitally important so that every guest’s hygiene, safety and sense of wellbeing is ensured, the duties will include sweeping, mopping, washing up, and cleaning of bathrooms and toilets. We use only eco-friendly cleaning products so you will develop an understanding of how to clean responsibly with an eye for the environment.

Preparation is key to maximising the efficiency of working, so stocking up supplies of cleaning products, toilet rolls, hand towels and topping up soap and sanitisers will be a part of this role too.

We operate our own in-house laundry room services including the collection of dirty linen, as well as sorting, washing, drying, folding, and pressing. You will play a key role in helping us to coordinate this service with an opportunity to learn a range of skills including linen management and pressing.

Some of our events include catering and food service and there may be the opportunity to assist with this. You would gain food safety training and learn how we implement our food policy to deliver maximum client satisfaction.

Emptying bins and sorting rubbish, cardboard, and glass for recycling is important to ensure we deliver on our promise to minimise our environmental impact on the beautiful world we live in.

Working safely is paramount here at Bore Place and you will be expected to ensure that you are following our Health & Safety policies for the benefit of all site users. Relevant training will be given on a range of tasks to ensure you understand and can follow these guidelines.

Our organisation has a remit to support young people to gain the life and work skills they need in order to secure long-term employment. We will support you with bespoke training centred around you as an individual.

How to apply

This role is part of the government’s Kickstart scheme, with roles available to anybody aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit. Applications can be submitted by visiting/contacting your local jobcentre and speaking to your Work Coach, referencing the job title.

Bore Place Organic Market Garden

The market garden at Bore Place is 6 ½ acres (all outdoors) supplying box schemes around Brighton and London as well as some wholefood shops. We grow a wide range of vegetables and do most of the propagating ourselves. During the season you will see and experience sowing, planting crop maintenance and harvesting.

The market garden is a medium scale veg growing business. If you want to learn about producing for wholesale on a reasonable scale and learn about the ins and outs of it, I am keen to share whatever I know and see it as a practical training opportunity as well. I can accommodate 1 person during the season and the work is paid. Either send an e-mail to me for more information: xmetske@hotmail.com  and tell something about yourself and the experience you.

The search for new seasonal workers starts every year around December/January so if your looking for something around that time please get in touch. We will be recruiting again at the end of 2021.


Volunteering opportunities

Volunteer Gardener

Salary: voluntary position
Hours: Mondays, approx 6 hours 

We are looking for volunteers with enthusiasm for gardening to join our friendly and dedicated team. Working alongside our Caretaker, you will need to be available to volunteer regularly and have experience of mowing, general garden maintenance, weeding and bed work. 

Please send your CV to volunteering@boreplace.org if you are interested in getting involved.


Other voluntary opportunities

Opportunities arise across the organisation to work alongside our staff in the gardens, kitchen, office and education teams. Take a look at our Volunteer page.

Work experience

Bore Place has lots of opportunities for students and others to gain work experience. Take a look at our Work Experience page.

Website photography

We are particularly grateful to many of our volunteers and others who have contributed some stunning photos to this website including: Clore Foundation, Pippa Green, Wendy McDonnell, Andrew Johnson, David Salmon, Helen Carey, Ian Leach, Julia Bracewell, Karen Shepherdson, Rebecca Douglas, Stella Cole, Becky Baldock, Jo Sheach, Jen Sayers, Sue Potter and Sparky Palmer.

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