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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Head of Marketing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented marketing professional to join the Holkham senior management team as Head of Marketing.
Click here to find out more.

Head Gardener - Holkham Enterprises

This established post has responsibility for all activity undertaken by the gardens team in the park and across the wider estate. The presentation, maintenance and conservation of the estate grounds and Grade 1 listed park are key to the role, in particular the presentation of the Hall’s Terraces, the Arboretum, the 6 acres of the walled garden and the grounds of The Victoria Inn and Longlands.

We are looking for an experienced manager with proven ability for motivating staff, an excellent knowledge of horticulture and a track record of delivering projects on time and to budget. Experience of managing volunteers is also very desirable. This is a hands-on role, whereby you will need to be highly visible and active. Genuine enthusiasm, a keen eye for detail, an appreciation of quality and a willingness to lead from the front and to work calmly under pressure are essential as this post covers an extensive and varied remit.

Closing date: Monday 18th February, 5pm. First interviews will take place on Wednesday 27th February.
Salary: Depending on experience.

To apply and for further details, please send your CV and a covering letter to Celia Deeley, General Manager, Holkham Enterprises at c.deeley@holkham.co.uk

Catering Supervisors - Holkham Enterprises

We are looking for full time Catering Supervisors for our busy Beach Café at Wells and our new visitor facility, The Lookout on Holkham National Nature Reserve.

You will be required to lead and ensure consistently high standards of presentation and customer service in conjunction with the Café Managers. The successful applicant will be required to work to an operational rota which will include bank holidays and weekends. You will be required to develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of our food and drink products, our local suppliers and general knowledge and understanding of the Holkham Estate.

The position is ideal for someone who has some relevant experience, however additional training will be given. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, determined, possess strong interpersonal skills and have an excellent eye for detail. The ability to work as part of a team with a varied age range, as well as under your own initiative and to work calmly under pressure is essential.

Hourly rate: £9.63 per hour from 1st April.

To apply, please email a copy of your CV to Sarah Hiner: careers@holkham.co.uk

Seasonal Cook, Courtyard Café - Holkham Enterprises

Working to support our café’s food and beverage manager, your role will include ordering and maintaining stock levels as well as ensuring that our hot and cold food selection is consistently excellent. This role would suit someone with a passion for food looking to acquire their first taste of working as part of a team in a professional kitchen.

Hourly rate: £9.63 per hour

To apply please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Hiner email: careers@holkham.co.uk

Seasonal Catering Assistants - Holkham Enterprises

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

Hourly rate: Over 21 £9.06, 18-20 £6.42 and under 18 years £5.18

To apply please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Hiner email: careers@holkham.co.uk

Receptionist - Pinewoods Holiday Park

We are looking for an articulate and motivated graduate wanting to pursue a career in the leisure industry to join our permanent reception team. You must have experience in customer service and have excellent IT, social media and written communication skills. Weekend working is a requirement. This is a permanent role.

Hourly rate: £9.50

To apply please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Becky King, Assistant Manager at b.king@pinewoods.co.uk

Farming Graduate Programme

Holkham Farming Company’s farming graduate programme is designed to offer you a diverse and exciting opportunity to apply your knowledge in a cutting-edge farming environment. We will offer you a structured 3-year programme that will include:

• Artis, BASIS and FACTS training
• A clear job description with assigned areas of responsibility
• Accommodation (shared with other students/graduates)
• An assigned mentor to support you through the programme
• A competitive starting salary with progression over the three year programme.

A career at Holkham offers a unique opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the farming operation including:
• Innovative arable operations
• Beef and sheep production
• Management of Countryside Stewardship Schemes
• Commercial grain storage and analysis
• Energy crop production for anaerobic digestion plant
• Working with science and research institutions

We are looking for a graduate with prior work experience in agriculture. You will also have the following:
• The ability to work well as part of a team
• A desire to strive towards self-progression
• A positive and flexible attitude
• Experience of operating agricultural equipment
• A full UK driving Licence

For more information please contact James Beamish, Farm Manager; email j.beamish@holkham.co.uk

Opportunities in the Holkham Building Maintenance Team

We are looking for people to fill the following positions and join our maintenance team.

Bench Joiner
You must be able to use wood machinery in accordance with all safety precautions and be able to manufacture joinery from start to completion.
Salary range:£21,500 – £22,500 per annum dependent on experience.

Builder / General Maintenance
You should have a knowledge of general building works and construction methods. You will be part of our Building Team dealing with brickwork, roof, groundwork and general maintenance tasks.
Salary range: £19,000 – £21,000 per annum dependent on experience.

All roles are 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.

To apply for any of the positions, please email a copy of your CV to Jane Berwick (Office Manager) email: j.berwick@holkham.co.uk

Volunteers – Holkham Education Team

We are looking for volunteers to help with a wide range of educational, family events held throughout our main visitor season. Events may include Easter, Halloween and Christmas celebrations, Pond dipping and school holidays/ half term activities. Volunteering can be for as little as a couple of hours per event. Full training and support will be given throughout each event.

What can we offer you? A chance to meet new people and learn new skills. Invitation to a variety of staff held events throughout the year, a lunch meal voucher per volunteering day and a combined Holkham carpark pass and staff card (which entitles you to a variety of discounts) after the completion of a set number of volunteering hours. No experience is required (although this would be an advantage), just a passion for sharing with others, enthusiasm and energy.

If you are interested, our Education team would be keen to hear from you. Please register your interest with Emily Parker at educationcoordinatior@holkham.co.uk

Volunteers – Holkham National Nature Reserve

Do you care for this coastline?

We welcome volunteers to help with various tasks on the Holkham National Nature Reserve throughout the year, meeting every Wednesday and on one or two weekend days per month.

January 2019 - We currently have enough helping hands on the NNR, why not lend your support in the walled garden?
We will let you know when spaces become available.

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 Dene Wood at d.wood@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.

Applications for our 2019 Work Experience Scheme have now closed. The closing date for applications for our 2020 scheme is 31st January 2020.

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.