Seasonal Fruit Collection Tour Guides

Employer: Brogdale Collections www.brogdalecollections.org
Hours required: Flexible hours from April to October
Location: Faversham, Kent
Start: Immediate
Salary: NMW per hour  

Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Collections is a Charity that supports the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm. We provide daily visits, group tours, events, educations visits and horticultural courses. Other fundraising efforts include the hiring of meeting rooms, team building days and parties. The Charity offers the opportunity to contribute to education in fruit and farming, sustainably and climate change. Brogdale is set in 160 acres of Kentish Orchards and provides an inspirational and pleasant working environment. This is an ideal opportunity for  fruit industry, horticulturalists or farming individuals to support a specialist visitor attraction.

Job Description
The role will include a variety of tasks including;

  • Daily guided walks of the fruit collections
  • Dealing with customer fruit enquiries and offering advise
  • Delivering talks on fruit to local clubs and societies
  • Leading private group tours for international industry associations
  • Supporting our season of festivals & events

Skills Required
This individual should have a good knowledge and understanding of fruit growing.  Enthusiasm to deliver a varied and interesting tour of the collections. Customer service experience or languages would be an advantage. Training will be provided in the role.

Personal Qualities
A confident, professional attitude and a well presented individual. Reliability and good time keeping are essential.

Qualifications Required
GCSE’s in Maths and English at Grade C or above

Other considerations
Weekend work is essential and some physical work will be required inside and outside. Interested candidates should consider our location and their travel arrangements to and from work in advance of making an application.

Please email CV’s to Sara Smile, Sara@brogdalecollections.org

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brogdale collections red apples

Seasonal part-time Tractor Driver

It is a driving requirement for this role that you have a full manual driving licence, be over 21 and have held your full driving licence for at least one year

Hours: varied – weekends included

During the summer months we provide tractor trailer rides for our visitors, groups and school sessions using our custom made 30 seater trailer.

Duties include:

  • Hitching up the trailer safely
  • Helping our visitors load and disembark safely
  • Assisting with wheelchair access
  • Pulling the trailer around the farm for 1-2 hour tours of the National Fruit Collection
  • Keeping the tractor & trailer clean and safe

Benefits include:

  • paid annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Paid DBS check
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Training and development opportunities

Eligibility – All appointments are subject to:

  • proof of eligibility to work in the UK
  • an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • two satisfactory references (one of which must be from your current or most recent employer)
  • a full and detailed employment history

To be considered for the position, please send a CV and covering letter to: office@brogdalecollections.org

Brogdale Tractor Tours
Brogdale Tractor

Seasonal Harvest Workers

Brogdale Collections are recruiting experienced harvest workers to help us bring in the cherries, plums, apples, pears and quince. You will join a team of workers and volunteers who cover a range of duties including picking, packing and storage.

All tasks involve manual work including working at height on ladders, lifting, bending and twisting.

As well as harvesting fruit for public sales we provide fruit for school visits, tastings, local charities and food banks.

Some roles will include driving farm vehicles, including a tractor therefore you will require a full driving licence, be over 21 and have held your full driving licence for at least 1 year.

Work is required Monday to Friday from 8.30am but for reasons of crop, weather and demand, work cannot always be promised. Pickers are paid either an hourly rate or on a piecework basis. Holiday pay is accrued for each day worked and is paid at the end of your employment.

Please check your eligibility to work in the UK first then complete the application form. We will only contact you if you are eligible to work in the UK and we have work for you.

If you would like to apply, please download and complete an application form here and return it to; office@brogdalecollections.org

Brogdale Collections is a Kent charity that provides public access to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham. The National Fruit Collection is the largest collection of temperate fruits in the world. Brogdale Collections is a Charity supporting the long term sustainable future for the living collections at Brogdale Farm and providing education to the public.

Event Team Staff

Brogdale Collections charity host a season of summer events to celebrate all the fruit harvests of the National Fruit Collection.

We are looking for confident and enthusiastic events staff to help deliver the best possible experience for our visitors across our customer facing areas. These will include office administration, dealing with customer enquiries, event set up and close down, stewarding public areas, fruit picking and fruit packing all within the National Fruit Collections.

Experience in public events, hospitality or fruit harvests.

Competent in Microsoft Office suite.

Good public relations and networking skills.

Clean drivers full licence.

Excellent English literacy skills and ability to articulate self.

Able to work both in a team and individually.

To be considered for the position, please send a CV and covering letter to: office@brogdalecollections.org

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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