Job Vacancies at Fordhall Farm

Chef 15-30 Permanent Onsite- Fordhall Farm
Hospitality Manager 17-35 Permanent Onsite- Fordhall Farm
Hospitality Support 10 6 months or Permanent Onsite – Fordhall Farm
Housekeeper 12 – 20 per week – varies seasonally Permanent Onsite – Fordhall Farm
Farm Discovery Officers Ad-hoc Bank Staff Onsite – Fordhall Farm

Before completing any application to Fordhall, we strongly recommend you read the following documents and incorporate these into your application. For us, it is not just about recruiting for skills and experience, shared values and approaches and just as important to us.

Click here to read the Fordhall Values

Click Here to read Fordhall’s Strategic Aims

If you have any questions about vacancies at Fordhall, please do give us a call on 01630 638696 and we will be happy to chat to you. _____________________________________________________________________

Hospitality Manager, 17-35hours/week

We are looking for a highly organised, enthusiastic, proactive Hospitality Manager to lead our team at Fordhall Farm. You will drive our strategy and lead our wonderful team to ensure Fordhall’s values are both lived and shared throughout our hospitality offer onsite, including both our catering and accommodation facilities.

This will involve leading and managing all wedding/accommodation group bookings, as well as ensuring all the day-to-day operational processes are put in place and implemented. We are a small yet committed team and so this role is a balance between delivery and management, ensuring you have your finger on the pulse at all levels and can apply your hand to what is needed throughout the team.

For more information, please see the Hospitality Manager Job Description

To apply, download the Application Form


To apply, please complete the application form and send with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you, to the Manager

Closing date for applications has been EXTENDED to midnight Sunday 15th January

Chef and Cook, part time, 1-4 days/week

Arthur’s Farm Kitchen are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and hardworking chef or cook to support our Head Chef with our next phase of development. With weddings, parties, school residentials, yoga retreats; we are looking for staff to join our hospitality team at Fordhall Farm so we can grow our offer.

We have a strong passion and commitment to connect people’s hearts and minds to the land and the food which is derived from it. With that in mind, your values and approach to food are just as important as your experience to us.

Our menu is produce-driven, focusing on using seasonal, locally produced ingredients. We choose not to use fryers or microwaves and we pride ourselves in using traditional cookery methods as well as following a nutritional and wholesome approach to our meals.

We have a highly skilled and talented Head Chef who has even catered for the Queen in his past career. We can therefore offer training to the right candidate if needed, although experience of working in a professional kitchen is preferable. Alternatively, if you are a bidding chef with the skill and inspiration to drive your own menu, there is an option to facilitate this too.

So, if you are early on in your journey as a chef and are looking for more experience and somewhere to make your mark, or if you are experienced and looking for a role which does not involve long days and evenings, then we are for you!

Hours: This is a flexible position for the right candidate of between 10-25 contracted hours per week (salary based on experience and hours based on candidate needs). We are closed on Mondays and so hours are mainly based around 5 days Tuesday-Sunday (9 -3.30pm). Regular Sundays would be part of the position. Overtime is available to support functions, weddings or holidays.

Pay: Depending on experience.

Start Date: Immediate

Application: Please send a covering letter with your CV explaining why this job is a good fit for you. We would love to hear why food is important to you, as well as finding out about your skills and experience.

Applications to be sent to

Catering Support, Arthur’s Farm Kitchen. 1-2days/week

A perfect role for someone looking to develop and grow their skills in the hospitality and events sector.

Supporting our Wedding and Catering Manager, you will be responsible for leading shifts in Arthur’s Farm Kitchen, customer service, barista service, cashing up, running a bar at events, event set up and clear down, holiday cover, support event planning and orders.
Full training will be provided.

Regular hours are available each Sunday or alternate Sundays (9.30-4.30) and midweek. Additional hours are available for weddings, functions or holiday cover.

Flexibility, good interpersonal skills and a desire to learn are essential. Hospitality experience is preferable, but full training is also available for the right candidates. An alignment to our values and your approach to work, is what is most important to us.

Please provide a covering letter explaining your skills/experience and why you wish to join the Fordhall team, and email it to the Manager via

An accompanying CV is required.



We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our passionate, fun and hardworking team and take on all cleaning duties relating to Arthur’s Farm Kitchen (café) The Straw Lodge (bunkhouse style building) and our one unit of glamping yurts.  You will service all areas to the highest standards, ensuring all health and safety requirements are met, the areas are well presented to our visitors and all welcome information/supplies are provided for the guests in our residential spaces.

HOURS: Winter / low season: Approx. 12 – 15 hours per week

Spring/Summer: Approx. 18 – 20 hours per week

Hours are either mornings (before 9am) or evenings (after 5pm), with regular hours required on Mondays and Fridays during school hours and some Bank Holidays.   Note we have an annual shut down from 25th Dec – 1st Jan each year so no shifts in this period.

For more information or to apply for the role please email


Farm Discovery Officers

We are looking to create a team of casual staff that can deliver fun and memorable experiences for visiting schools and youth groups.

You will co-ordinate and deliver, quality learning experiences at our working organic farm. You will ensure we maintain our reputation that Fordhall is the go-to place for quality outdoor education and experiences in the local area.  You will coordinate these visits from start to finish on the delivery day, gather visitor feedback and complete your own evaluations for each visit. You will be responsible for kit maintenance, session set up, pack up, maintaining clean and safe working areas, and associated on the day risk assessment checks.  All booking administration in advance of the visit will be handled by the office team, your primary role is session delivery .

You will be a dynamic and engaging person that has experience of working with children and has a passion for the outdoors. Knowledge of farming is preferable but not essential as training will be given. Note sessions are standardised so you are fully aware what is expected of you and the required delivery content.  You do not need a teaching qualification, just the ability to deliver fun and memorable experiences linked to our organisational aims for groups of up to 30 children.

HOURS: Sessions are 2 hours, typically 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm, with time either side for set up and close down – typically 4 hours work per session / 7 hours for a full day.  There can be one or two sessions per day

PAY: Competitive flat rate per session for delivery

For more information or to apply for the role please email


Event Catering Assistants

We’re looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to join our dynamic event catering team at local and national events this year. You would be working on our mobile catering units, serving food and handling customer orders. No experience required, we ask that you have a can-do attitude and a good sense of humour! Ideal if you’re looking for a change of pace or for work around other commitments.

For more information please email


Office Volunteer 

We are looking for someone to assist us with our busy office at the Fordhall Community Land Initiative.

If you have excellent administration skills andlove to be organised we would love to hear from you!  We offer a friendly and welcoming office environment with discounts in shop and café on days you volunteer.

Application: Please send in a covering letter explaining why you would love to volunteer to