Employment opportunities at Holkham

Job Vacancies

Work Somewhere Special This Year

Holkham employs both seasonal and permanent employees, with a diverse range of skills and experience, from chefs and front of house, to gamekeepers and tractor drivers. Our busiest recruitment period is in February and March when we appoint the majority of our seasonal positions to start just before Easter and work until the end of October. We recruit additional front of house staff for July and August and typically these opportunities attract university or college students. Many of our seasonal employees return each year.

We offer great career opportunities at Holkham and most of our people decide to stay with us for a long time. When permanent roles arise we look for people that possess the necessary skills and experience and the right personal attributes to fit with the business. We often have permanent opportunities for school leavers, who are keen to pursue a career in catering, housekeeping or front of house. We work with local colleges to offer NVQs so that your progression is backed up with formal qualifications.

Senior Housekeeper

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced housekeeper for Holkham Hall.

This is a ‘hands on’ role which will require a flexible and practical approach. The senior housekeeper is responsible for supervising and undertaking the cleaning of the public and private apartments within the hall, ensuring that excellent standards are maintained at all times and high expectations are met. The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the efficient use of resources, an excellent eye for detail and strong people management skills. Discretion, sensitivity and the ability to lead by example are essential.
This is a rewarding and demanding role which requires a flexible approach to working hours (including some weekend and evening work). A full UK driving licence will be required and the ability to cook is desirable.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered.
A full job description is available on request.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to our General Manager Holkham Enterprises, Mrs Celia Deeley, email: c.deeley@holkham.co.uk

Junior Sous Chef - The Victoria Inn

This is a great opportunity to join our kitchen team at The Victoria Inn.

The main themes of The Victoria’s restaurant are fresh, local and seasonal. The quality of our ingredients is paramount, whether it be shellfish, fish or samphire from the north Norfolk coast, beef from our farms on the Holkham Estate, venison from our herd of Fallow Deer, or fresh herbs from our walled garden. The successful candidate will support our Head Chef and Sous Chef in delivering the food offering at The Victoria. You will support the Head Chef and Sous Chef in ensuring that the kitchen team work to the highest standards and, in conjunction with the front of house staff, deliver the best possible service to our customers at all times. It is our goal to meet every customers’ expectations and we are proud to have been included in The Good Food Guide for the second consecutive year.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and be able to consistently work to the highest standards. The Victoria is an exciting an expanding business. There will be plenty of opportunity to develop and make a positive impact as the business enters its next phase.You should have a passion for food, with experience of working with fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce. A minimum of 3 years kitchen experience at CDP or Junior Sous level. Experience of stock rotation in a busy kitchen environment and Food Hygiene level 2 certification.The role would suit a current Junior Sous looking to join a great team and make an impact in an expanding business or a CDP looking to progress their career and take the next step. This is a full time salaried position and will consist of working 45 hours per week over 5 days. The role will include evenings and weekend working.

Salary: £25,000 per annum.

Benefits: A share of tips to be paid monthly. 28 days paid holiday per year. Staff accommodation available.

To apply for this position, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to: victoria@holkham.co.uk

Work Experience and Internships

We are pleased to offer a number of work experience placements for local school pupils each year to help them understand more about their potential career path, as well as learning about the different aspects of the Holkham Estate. To be eligible you must live locally and must be able to demonstrate a real interest in one of the careers we offer. Work experience will be offered for a minimum of 1 week and up to a maximum of 2 weeks. To apply the pupil must apply in writing to Holkham’s Education Manager Sue Penlington, email: s.penlington@holkham.co.uk and include:

• The start date and duration of your proposed work experience placement and which school or college you are currently attending.
• Why you would like to be considered for a work experience placement including what skills you have and hobbies you are interested in.
• Which business or department you would like work experience within e.g. landscape, catering.

Regretfully, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to offer a placement to every pupil that applies. Applicants will be requested to attend an informal interview before the offer of a placement is made. Please note that the estate is unable to respond to applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria.

For our 2018 work experience scheme, the deadline for receiving applications is 31st January 2018.

Internships and Placements
Opportunities for internships for either university or college students arise when we identify a requirement for a student to assist us in one of our businesses. All Internships will be advertised on the vacancies page of the website as and when they arise.

Volunteers – Holkham National Nature Reserve

Do you care for this coastline?

We are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks on the Holkham National Nature Reserve. We meet every Wednesday and on one or two weekend days per month. You don’t have to commit to every meeting, but if you have a little time to spare please contact the Conservation Manager telephone 01328 800730 or email s.henderson@holkham.co.uk.

If you would like to know more about the National Nature Reserve click here.

Volunteers – Holkham Enterprises

Would you like to join our small team of volunteers in the Landscape Department?

We are looking for volunteers to help with the walled garden project at Holkham Hall which is currently being restored to its former glory. You will get involved in a variety of jobs in the gardens including weeding, pruning, watering, planting and painting. You do not need to be highly skilled, just have enthusiasm for gardening and be keen to help. Our opening season is from April to October and we can arrange days to suit you.

We are also looking for willing and passionate volunteers to help with a variety of gardening jobs to maintain the intricate patterns of the formal parterres on the terraces of Holkham Hall, which were designed by leading landscape gardener W. A. Nesfield in the 19th century.

If you are interested our Landscape Department would be keen to hear from you.
Email: d.wood@holkham.co.uk