Jobs

We’re a small but enthusiastic team looking for friendly, motivated people to join us.

Fun but hard working, we’re a diverse business; both an inspiring visitor attraction and a busy wedding, conference and function venue. Our aim is to create a place that people will love and will want to visit over and over, creating happy memories and spending time with loved ones. We’re looking for people who work well in a busy team environment whilst maintaining excellent customer service standards, always going that extra step to deliver a truly personal customer experience.

Current Jobs

Please see below for details of paid and voluntary roles we are recruiting for at the moment:

On site accommodation available if required

Events Manager

Events at Hestercombe House and Gardens have been steadily developing in complexity, capacity and flair. Yearly we produce a wide range of events such as plant fairs, family theatre, live music, nature and wildlife walks, children’s garden trails, arts and crafts workshops; alongside our established seasonal events such as the summer ‘Terrific Tuesdays’, the popular Christmas Market and a varied Christmas events programme.

We’re looking for someone who wants to join as a key member of the organisation, who can hit the ground running, and bring imagination, creativity and excellent production management to the role. You must have relevant events experience for this role – please read the Job Description carefully.

Salary: £24k

Terms of employment: Full time, permanent. 37.5 hours per week, but with flexibility to work extra hours, weekends and evenings when necessary.

How to apply

Please apply using the Hestercombe Application Form with a covering letter. All completed application forms and covering letters should be emailed to chriswhite@hestercombe.com

Please note, CVs only will not be accepted.

Closing date: Wednesday 23rd January, 5pm

Further information

For more information please download the Events Manager job description (PDF).

If you would like an informal chat about this role, please contact Chris White on 01823 410131 or via email chriswhite@hestercombe.com

Facilities Maintenance Assistant

Hestercombe Gardens has a large variety of historic and modern facilities that require looking after. This can range from lime plaster repairs to the fabric of the main house, resolving minor issues with our modern Bio-mass boilers, unblocking a drain or changing one of the hundreds of light bulbs we have. We also require a range of extensive Health & Safety checks to be undertaken regularly; such as wheel chair checks, Emergency Light checks and fire and security alarm tests. To help with this the Facilities Department is looking for a part time person to assist with planned and reactive maintenance across the Hestercombe site, initially for two days per week.

The ideal person will be a qualified multi-skilled tradesperson able to carry out multiple skills with a principle emphasis on carpentry, plumbing and electrical work and used to working with traditional materials. Ideally they will also be familiar with carrying out H&S checks such as emergency lighting. They should be able to work without supervision once they are familiar with the site, to normal H&S requirements, and also able to work with other contractors employed by Hestercombe. They will be expected to co-operate with and support all departments across the business, including our tenants. This would ideally suit someone who is looking for semi-retirement and is able to commit to two regular days per week.

Further Information

Read the Person specification & full Job Description

Hours: likely to be 9-5 Mondays and Thursdays, but open to negotiation.  

Salary: hourly rate will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

Terms of employment: part-time, permanent. 15 hours per week, but with the possibility to work extra hours if required. Holiday will be 23 days pro rata.

How to apply

Please apply using the Hestercombe Application Form with a covering letter. All completed application forms and covering letters should be emailed to michaelneve@hestercombe.com

Please note, CVs only will not be accepted.

Closing date: Tuesday 5th February, 5pm

Gardener – Formal Gardens, 

We are looking for a skilled gardener with previous experience to join our estates team. We need someone who is passionate about horticulture and can hit the ground running.  This role is to cover a maternity leave. See the full job description here.

Salary: £17,000
Terms of employment: Full time, 39 hours per week.  Maternity cover.

How to apply:

Complete an application form along with a covering letter and email to headgardener@hestercombe.com or send to Head Gardener Claire Greenslade, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG or email. CVs only will not be accepted.

Closing date is Wednesday 30th January.

Please contact our Head Gardener, Claire Greenslade for more information or an informal chat about the role.  Call 01823 413923.

Hospitality Assistants

Role summary

We’re looking for friendly people to work in our two catering outlets – The Stables Cafe and Column Room Restaurant – and at weddings and special events. Some catering experience would be helpful but not essential as full training is provided. A positive attitude and the ability to deliver great customer service are essential. Part time, flexible hours (weekends and weekdays). National Living Wage.

How to apply

Email your CV and covering letter to Hospitality Manager David Clarke.

 

Norwegian Translator – Voluntary

Role summary:

Are you fluent in spoken and written Norwegian and English?  Do you have experience of translating written information from Norwegian to English? If so, you might be just the person we are looking for.

We are seeking someone to translate a Norwegian book relating to the history of E. W. B. Portman’s fishing lodge, purchased 1891, near Øvre Ljøsne, in the Laerdal Municipality of southern Norway.

Hours to suit, including home working if preferred.

Volunteer incentives include discounts and complimentary Hestercombe membership.

How to apply:

Please contact Kimlegate@hestercombe.com for more information.

 

Book seller – Voluntary

Role summary:

Do you love books?
Do you have online book selling experience?
Then we need you.
We are looking for an experienced book seller to join our team of back room volunteers in order to keep our growing inventory up to date. Hours to suit. Volunteer incentives include discounts and complimentary Hestercombe membership.

How to apply:

Please contact Linda Sandford Retail Manager for more information on lindasandford@hestercombe.com

Gift Shop – Voluntary

As a volunteer in the gift shop, you will enjoy interacting with new people as you welcome visitors to the shop. The role will allow you to assist with customer service, stock replenishment, and housekeeping as well as merchandising and taking money at the till. Full training will be given.

If you are flexible, motivated, fun and hardworking then we would love to hear from you.

Hours include: Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons.

For more information please call 01823 413923 and speak to Linda, the Gift Shop manager.

Bookshop Assistants – Voluntary

From working selling books to visitors to doing the ‘behind the scences’ sorting there’s lots to be done in the bookshop. We have donations arriving every week that need sorting, pricing and cleaning before they can be put out for sale. And once they’re on the shelves there’s serving visitors and chatting to them about the books they like. We ask for a commitment of one morning or afternoon every two weeks. For more information click here or call 01823 413923 and speak to Gill the Volunteer Co-ordinator. Alternatively email info@hestercombe.com

Gallery Invigilators – Voluntary

As a volunteer in this role, you will meet and greet visitors to the new Hestercombe House Gallery, helping them to get the most out of their visit. You will have information about each of the artworks in your section and will be working as part of a team. You will be responsible for safeguarding the paintings and guiding visitors through the different rooms of the ‘pop-up’ gallery. For more information click here or call 01823 413923 and speak to Gill the Volunteer Co-ordinator. Alternatively email info@hestercombe.com

Event Support – Voluntary

Hestercombe’s busy event schedule is run by a close knit, hardworking team of staff and volunteers. We’re looking for more people to sign up to seasonal events. Whether you’re interested in helping at Easter, or running an activity during the summer holidays or masterminding our seasonal garden trails – please do get in touch! Contact Anna Crew on 01823 413923 or annacrew@hestercombe.com

Plus we still need donations for the bookshop!

We are always looking for donations of books to stock the bookshop, any number, any type. If you have books to donate please bring to the shop or call us to arrange delivery for large donations.