STEADING, HUT + HOUSE-KEEPER AT GUARDSWELL FARM

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FANCY YOURSELF AS... STEADING, HUT + HOUSE-KEEPER


WHAT IS GUARDSWELL…? G uards well Farm, bas ed bet ween K inna ird a nd A b e r ny t e in Pe r t hshire ( PH 149QZ ), is a h illtop f arm s ha re d wit h t hose who wa nt t o st e p a wa y f rom hustl e a n d bus tle, an d th row themse lv e s int o a lif e a lit t le slowe r, a nd a lit t le c he e ri er. We lov e relaxed an d f u n e v e nt s a nd we d ding s- p a c ke d f u ll of f a mil y and frien ds , old v as es f illed wit h c ont or t e d b ra nc he s, p la t e s p ile d hig h wit h l o c al l y grown f ood an d mun ch in g on mid nig ht p iz za f rom t he wood ov e n. We have accommodation to s uit t he mod e r n wor ld e sc a p e e - 3 hu t s a nd 3 ho use s (s leepin g 3 0 in total)- p e r f e c t f or t hose who f a nc y t he mse lv e s r u nning a m i c ro - fa rm, s witch in g of f f rom the ir dig it a l d e p e nd e nc e a nd t a k ing a d e e p bre ath of P er th s h ire air. We are a s mall, main ly f amily b a se d , t e a m- who a re p re t t y la id b a c k a nd wa nt to bui l d “ work” in to our lif es t yle. W H E R E D O E S G U A R D SW E L L WA N T TO G O … ? We are s o burs tin g with ideas , a nd we ’re now a t a p oint whe re we c a n’ t d o it al l o urs elv es an d n eed a bit of a he lp ing ha nd . We wa nt t o ha v e mont hly suppe rs s uppor tin g local produc e rs, b r u nc he s, insp ir ing sp e a ke rs, ha nd s on o utdo o r works hops an d cos y cra f t c ou rse s. We w an t to in v ite urban an d rura l sc hool c hild re n t o e njoy t he f a r m a nd re c o nnect with n ature, we wan t t o g row more of ou r own f ood , ra ise more of o ur o w n liv es tock an d f ocus mo re he a v ily on how we c a re f or t he soil, t he f a r m and the f lora an d f aun a with in tha t . WHAT IS THE JOB… ? We are lookin g f or s omeon e who LOV ES ke e p ing p la c e s look ing a we some . So m e o n e who h as a mad des ire t o org a nise , t o p u t t hing s b a c k int o t he ir “pl ac e ” an d s pots the mos t min u sc u le lit t le smu d g e s on sk ir t ing b oa rd s. We have quite a mix of dif f eren t b u ilding s a t Gu a rd swe ll- a ll wit h slig ht ly di f fe re nt requiremen ts . The Stea ding ha s la rg e e x p a nse s of sp a c e , lov e ly c le a n w hi te walls alon gs ide dus t y s tone wa lls, a nd we lov e t o ha v e b ig p a r t ie s in the re ( a lthough we are always s u r p r ise d b y how c le a n it is a f t e r wa rd s- t ou c h w o o d) . We h av e a mixture of Hou se s a nd H u t s on t he f a r m- t ha t a re le t ou t d u ri ng e ven ts , but main ly to people who ju st wa nt t o e sc a p e t he ir b u sy ma d liv e s, have a digital f ree f ew days , and wa t c h t he wor ld g o b y. O u r a c c ommod a t ion is sc at te red ov er the f arm, an d s ome of it is of f - g r id , so we ’ v e f ou nd some p re t t y i nve nti ve ways of keepin g the hu t s a nd hou se s sp ot le ss. We o nly us e eco-clean in g prod u c t s- so no na st y ha c k s or ra she s on y ou r ha nd s!


BUT WHO ARE YOU…? Yo u re a lly do care about the lit t le d e t a ils, a nd na t u ra lly swa y t owa rd s b e ing a pre t t y tidy an d organ is ed pers on y ou rse lf in y ou r own lif e . B u t y ou a lso lov e t he o utdo ors , you wan t a job th ats a lit t le b it v a r ie d - a nd y ou a re a lso p re t t y p hysi c al l y a ctiv e (on e of our h uts is u p a hill) , a nd mop p ing t he C a t t le C ou r t is a n uppe r body workout in its elf (n o ne e d t o p a y f or a g y m me mb e rship ) . Yo u l o ve bein g par t of a team- a nd c a n hop e f u lly g e t inv olv e d in ou r g e ne ra l she nanigan s . We’re a wee team so y ou will ne e d t o b e a b it of a n a ll rou nd e r to o - w e all muck in where n eed e d - wit h se t t ing u p we d ding f u r nit u re or whe n the H e bridean s heep n eed move d t o a dif f e re nt f ie ld . O u r sma ll t e a m a lso t a ke s i t i n tur n s to cov er f or each othe r whe n we t a ke d a ys of f or holid a ys- whic h m e ans you’ll likely h av e to lear n how t o c he c k some one in t o a hu t , or he lp wit h an e ve nt ev er y n ow an d then . H o w e ver, you are als o h appy to wor k ind e p e nd e nt ly a nd wit h re sp onsib ilit y. The Steadin g, Huts + Hous es wi ll b e y ou r b a b ie s- a nd t he y ne e d t o st a y t op of the i r ga me. WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU LIKE…? Yo u l o ve an imals (our dogs are in t he of f ic e ) , a nd d on’ t mind g e t t ing a b it m uc k y sometimes (don keys occa siona lly e sc a p e , ha nd s g e t dir t y ) - b u t y ou e nsure th at its s potles s af ter the mu c k . R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S ( O R S O M E O F T H E M A N Y WAY ) … - Ac c o mmodation ch an ge ov ers- 3 hu t s a nd 3 hou se s. O u r hu t s a re a lit t le more spre ad out aroun d the f arm- and inv olv e a b it of wa lk ing . S ome b e d s a re on m ezzan in es an d in v olv e s ome y og a st y le c ont or t ions t o ma ke t he m. To t he a b sol ute hi ghes t of s tan dards . - C l e anin g of Steadin g- n ot a sp e c k of d u st t o b e f ou nd , or a sing le p e t a l of c o nfe t ti. - C l e anin g of the Guards well O f f ic e sp a c e , a nd rot a - d c le a ns b e t we e n a ll t e a m m e m be rs of s h ared team s paces . - D e e p clean s when required (s t ora g e , of f ic e sp a c e s e t c ) - Lo o k i ng af ter clean in g equipm e nt Yo u w i ll work directly with Ellen, H e a d of H ou se ke e p ing , who will wor k on c re ati ng a rota th at works well f or y ou a s we ll a s Gu a rd swe ll. The re will b e so m e weeken d hours , an d we end e a v ou r t o not ha v e t oo ma ny e v e ning s ( it he l ps th at ch an ge ov ers are bet we e n 12 noon- 3 p m- whic h me a ns a f e w hig h pre ssure hours ). Ellen will als o b e inv olv e d in hou se ke e p ing , a nd we ha v e a bri l l i an t team of par t time hous eke e p e rs who mu c k in whe n t hing s a re b u sy. WHEN? We thi n k th is role will be appro x ima t e ly 32 hou rs p e r we e k , wit h some b e ing m argi na lly more. The 32 h rs will b e sp re a d ov e r 4 - 5 d a ys p e r we e k , wit h some w e e ke n d work required. We c l o s e down f or a f ew weeks ov e r C hr ist ma s, so a g re a t t ime t o g o t ra v e lling and e xp lore the world- n ur ture t he t hing s t ha t a re imp or t a nt t o y ou - a nd t he n c o m e b ack rarin g to go f or the y e a r a he a d .


REQUIREMENTS? -

Mus t be relativ ely local to Gu a rd swe ll- we t hink a ma x imu m of 3 0 minu t e s Be up f or a hous ekeepin g a d v e nt u re - we will t ra in y ou t o d r iv e a n of f road buggy. Driv in g licen s e an d own c a r e sse nt ia l- a nd b ike if y ou liv e a lit t le c lose r Some hous ekeepin g exper ie nc e wou ld b e a we some You mus t be s uper f rien dly, a nd ke e n t o b e p a r t of t he t e a m a s a whole a s you will come in con ta c t wit h g u e st s- so we wa nt y ou t o lov e Guards well as much a s we d o. Ref eren ces welcomed.

Re c ko n you f an cy bein g par t of Te a m Gu a rd swe ll…? If so, p le a se se nd some thi ng ( a diagram, a v ideo, a CV, ma y b e e v e n a p oe m- wha t e v e r y ou f e e l will sho w us who you are) to... he l l o @guards well.co.uk and w e’ll get back to you as s o on a s p ossib le . We are lookin g f or s omeon e to st a r t a s soon a s p ossib le ! C a n y ou he lp u s? M i n 32h rs , hourly pos ition . £ 10 . 5 0 p h. Pe r ma ne nt c ont ra c t . H e ad on ov er to our webs ite ww w. g u a rd swe ll. c o. u k , or ou r Instagram accoun t @ guards well f a r m t o g e t more of a f e e l. G uards well Farm Ki nnai rd Inc hture Pe r thsh ire PH 149QZ