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On-site Staff

The Shieling Project
Inverness-shire, Scotland

Posted: 16 Jan 2023

Deadline: 1 Feb 2023

Compensation: £750 per month



Job description

This post is a very practical job that will be rewarding for a couple, or two good friends, who like working with children and groups, cooking and teaching others about food, simple building tasks, solving problems, and working outdoors with their hands! During residential bookings you will work for two hours in the morning over breakfast time, and four hours in the evening through dinner and after dinner activities. This will involve cooking and cleaning with the groups, making sure the educational opportunities in these activities are maximised, as well as delivering a range of educational activities in the evenings. When there are no residential bookings the role will involve work for 5 hours per day, or 25 hours per week. The tasks for this will be wide ranging, from site maintenance and building, to crofting (like feeding the livestock or cleaning them out). These hours can be completed as and when the staff would like (i.e. all over a few days, or spread out over the week). The post involves working with young people, teachers and volunteers to deliver high quality educational activities whilst ensuring safety.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparing breakfast with groups
  • Preparing packed lunch with groups in the morning
  • Cleaning up with groups in the morning
  • Preparing / finishing any clearing up in preparation for the evening meal
  • Preparing the evening meal with groups
  • Cleaning up with groups after the evening meal
  • Delivering educational activities in the evening that fit with the themes of the project
  • Ensuring that the food and eating element of the project is safe and follows all Shieling Project and HSE guidelines
  • Monitoring kitchen and dining room equipment and informing manager if repairs or renewals are needed.
  • Taking part in work around the project site, organised with the Project Manager, such as building, working with livestock, growing (food, willow, cereals) and maintenance
  • Supporting teachers, pupils and volunteers to learn about healthy eating, food miles, food ethics and other Shieling Project themes

Accommodation and Food

  • Accommodation will be provided free of charge in a clad and insulated static caravan on site – there are two bedrooms (one large and one small) but still a small space so would suit a couple or two good friends
  • A small budget will be available to improve / change the living space
  • Wifi will be available (though sometimes limited due to the location)
  • During residential bookings all food will be provided with the group. Remaining food will be divided between all staff
  • Space for growing vegetables will be provided in the poly tunnel and beds next to the caravan

Application information

E-mail Application deadline 1st Feb 2023. A (Covid safe) site visit and interview is essential.

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About The Shieling Project

The Shieling Project is an off-grid learning centre in the Highlands of Scotland. We have two sites – in Glen Strathfarrar near Beauly, and in Gartymore near Helmsdale. The project is all about outdoor living – from looking after our livestock to making real buildings and weaving baskets to making burgers from the meat we have raised here.