Charity Jobs

  • Orchard Events Co-ordinator
  • Weekend Event Staff
  • Seasonal Fruit Collection Tour Guides
  • Seasonal Tractor Driver
  • Seasonal Harvest Workers

Orchard Events Co-ordinator full-time

Employer: Brogdale Collections www.brogdalecollections.org
Hours required:
40 hours per week with regular weekend work during the open season (April to October). Permanent contract.
Location: Faversham, Kent
Salary: £ 25,000 pa

The Role
Working as part of the operations team you will lead the administration and delivery of seasonal orchard based activities including daily tours, children’s activities, rural courses and seasonal events. In this orchards events co-ordinator role you will engage with the charity’s daily visitors and ensure the smooth and safe running of the venue as a public attraction.

Orchard Events co-ordinator responsibilities will amongst other duties include:

  • Day to day running of the tours office, function spaces and shop
  • Dealing with daily customer enquiries regarding visits, fruit sales, events and activities
  • Administering online bookings for group visits, courses and activities
  • Co-ordinate the planning, set up and delivery of all orchard based events (therefore some physical work will be required)
  • Supporting and working alongside committed staff and volunteers as part of a team

About You
As an Orchard Events Co-ordinator, in addition to having values and behaviours that match our own, you will ideally have the following:

Skills

  • Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power-point.
  • Experience in using WordPress, Mail Chimp, Illustrator & InDesign within a business context
  • Excellent English literacy skills and ability to articulate self
  • Able to work both in a team and individually
  • Plan & manage their own time to ensure delivery of KPI’s and SMART targets
  • Able to complete physical tasks including work at height (on ladders), lifting, bending and twisting
  • Accurate and on time results delivery

Experience & Qualification

  • Educated to Degree Level in tourism, charity or hospitality 
  • Two years’ experience of working in a customer facing environment.
  • Experience in planning & running public events
  • Understanding of current legislation and health & safety requirements for public events
  • A background in fundraising would be an advantage although is not a prerequisite.
  • Experience of managing multiple tasks to deadline and prioritising own workload.

Benefits include:

  • 20 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Paid DBS check
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Excellent 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

Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Collections was founded as a Charity in 2008 to provide public access to and information about the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm. The most comprehensive and largest collection of temperate fruit varieties in the world. 

We use the Collection as a basis for information, education and enjoyment regarding our heritage, environment and healthy lifestyles. Our key areas of focus are education, horticulture, the environment, diet and health.

As a self funded charity, we engage with the public through; daily orchard tours, tractor tours, fruit related festivals, seasonal events, school visits, summer activities for children and adult horticultural courses including pruning, grafting, orchard design and practical rural skills courses such as; foraging, wine-making and cider making.

Brogdale Farm is set in 160 acres of Kentish Orchards and provides an inspirational and pleasant working environment. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to start a career and gain valuable experience in an established rural visitor attraction. 

To apply
If you believe you have the right values and behaviours for our charity, please send current CV along with a covering letter to: Sara Smile, Operations Manager operations@brogdalecollections.org

Weekend Event Staff

Employer: Brogdale Collections www.brogdalecollections.org
Hours required: Weekends & bank holidays
Location: Faversham, Kent
Start: Immediate
Salary: NMW per hour  

Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Collections is a charity working to provide public access and education at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm. Brogdale Collections has managed visitor access to the NFC in partnership with the University of Reading since the start of their curation in 2008. The Charity offers a range of opportunities for the public to use the fruit collections as an educational resource including Daily Guided Tours (April – November), Fruit Events, Festival days and Key Stage 1 & 2 Education Days.

Skills Required
This individual should be competent in Microsoft Word and Excel, have good people skills, a good telephone manner, literacy skills and the desire to learn and progress. Customer service experience would be an advantage.

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 download an application form here and return it to; office@brogdalecollections.org

Seasonal Fruit Collection Tour Guides

Employer: Brogdale Collections www.brogdalecollections.org
Hours required: Flexible hours from April to October
Location: Faversham, Kent
Start: April 2022
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, Operations Manager operations@brogdalecollections.org

guided tours

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.

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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