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.

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Forester - Holkham Estate

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the forestry team. Reporting to the Head Forester, the likely tasks include thinning, biomass production, firewood, plantation maintenance and occasional arboricultural work. The small team is focused on estate forestry tasks managing approximately 2,100 acres of woodland with the emphasis being sustainable continuous cover forestry.

The successful candidate will be motivated and maintain high standards, having attained or be working towards chainsaw certification. Skills and experience include: basic training in forestry or arboriculture, CS30 and 31 essential, PA1, PA6 and CS32 tickets desirable. Experience of tractor driving and use of winch and forwarder desirable.

Competitive starting salary and enrolment into the company pension scheme.

If you are interested in the above position, please apply with a CV and covering letter to:
Harry Wakefield, Head Forester, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB or by email to h.wakefield@holkham.co.uk

Seasonal Car Park Attendants

We are currently recruiting for a number of seasonal, part-time car park attendants. You will be responsible for the opening and closing procedures for our car parks and for checking and basic maintenance of the ticket machines. As a first point of contact for the public, you will have a helpful and friendly manner and have the ability to remain calm under pressure.

Hourly rate:
Over 21 - £8.75 per hour
18 to 20 - £6.20 per hour

To apply for the above position, please email a copy of your CV, indicating this is the role you are interested in, to our Ticket Office Supervisor, Sarah Hiner s.hiner@holkham.co.uk.

Sous Chef - The Victoria inn

The main themes of The Victoria’s restaurant are fresh, local and seasonal. The quality of our ingredients is key, whether it be, fish 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 Senior Sous Chef in developing and delivering the food offering at The Victoria. It is our goal to meet every customer’s expectations. As part of this role you will assume kitchen duty manager responsibilities. This will mean energising and motivating junior staff, supporting the Head Chef and Senior Sous Chef in ensuring that the kitchen team work to the highest standard and in conjunction with the front of house, deliver the best possible experience to our customers at all times.

The successful candidate will have a passion for food with experience working with fresh, seasonal, locally sourced produce; have had a minimum of 3 years kitchen experience at CDP or Junior Sous level. You should be experienced in stock rotation and kitchen ordering, hold Food Hygiene level 2 certification and ideally hold NVQ level 2 certification in Professional Cookers, however relevant experience will also be taken into account. The Victoria is an exciting and expanding business. There will be plenty of opportunity to develop and make a positive impact as the business enters its next phase. The role would suit a current Sous looking to join a great team and make an impact in an expanding business or a Junior Sous 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.

Competitive rate of pay based on experience

If you are interested in the above position please send a CV and cover letter to Edward Cast, Deputy General Manager email: e.cast@holkham.co.uk

Assistant Accountant - Land and Property Department

The Land and Property Department is a combination of businesses including property maintenance, refurbishment of the existing 290 estate cottages, development and investment projects. The projects involve the development of redundant assets such as disused barns, larger scale projects and new build.

Reporting to the department’s senior accountant, this new, full-time role is supporting all aspects of financial reporting for the Holkham property businesses and trusts. From the day-to-day maintenance of ledgers, to assisting in producing monthly, quarterly and annual management reports, this role will be varied and interesting. The successful candidate will have previous accounting experience and possess a strong understanding of accounting concepts, processes and controls. Excellent numeric and analytical skills are essential, with a keen eye for detail. We are looking for a team player with a positive attitude.

Salary: £23,500 per annum plus benefits.
To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Dawn Spetch: d.spetch@holkham.co.uk

Housekeepers – The Victoria Inn

At The Victoria, we are in a unique position to shape our guests’ first impressions and the presentation of our bedrooms and public areas is of great importance. This is a permanent role. You will be responsible for looking after the guest accommodation at The Victoria and ensuring that the inn is presented to the highest standard at all times. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, excellent attention to detail and be keen to work as part of a team.

Hourly rate:
Over 21 - £8.75 per hour
18 to 20 - £7.45 per hour

To apply for the above position, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Edward Cast, Deputy General Manager e.cast@holkham.co.uk.

Bar and Restaurant Assistants – The Victoria Inn at Holkham

There are full-time and seasonal positions available in The Victoria’s busy bar and restaurant starting from April 1st. This role will involve delivering top quality customer service to our guests. You should have a flair for customer service, a positive attitude, be flexible and confident with an eye for detail. Previous experience in hospitality would be preferable however full training will be given for the right candidates.

Hourly rate:
Over 21 - £8.75 per hour
18 to 20 - £7.45 per hour

To apply for the above position, please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Edward Cast, Deputy General Manager e.cast@holkham.co.uk

Seasonal Cook - Courtyard Café

The Courtyard Cafe in Holkham park is part of our popular and busy tourist attraction. This seasonal role is to support our café’s food and beverage manager and your role will include ordering and maintaining stock levels, the day-to-day food preparation to ensure our food is consistently excellent and assisting with the cleaning schedule and ensuring cleaning tasks are delegated as appropriate.

The position covers 37 hours per week, normally working Sunday to Thursday.
Hourly rate: £9 per hour.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Many Connor, email: m.connor@holkham.co.uk

Seasonal Catering Assistants

Ideal for hard working people who love a fast-paced customer orientated business. Tasks include drinks and food service, cleaning and customer interaction. You may be required to work in any of our three cafés.

Hourly rate:
Over 21 - £8.75 per hour
18 to 20 - £6.20 per hour
Under 18 - £5.00 per hour

To apply for the above position, please email a copy of your CV, indicating this is the role you are interested in, to our Ticket Office Supervisor, Sarah Hiner s.hiner@holkham.co.uk.

Event Staff

We require staff to assist with bar duties and the set up and break down of an event or wedding. You should be enthusiastic, a team player with high standards of presentation and be able to work under pressure. This position requires late night and weekend working.

Hourly rate: £9.25 per hour

To apply for the above position, please email a copy of your CV, indicating this is the role you are interested in, to our Front of House Manager, Nerida Britton n.britton@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