How To Apply
First, read the job description. Do you think this role might suit you?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use 'Short Term Core' as the subject.
We'll email you a short introductory recruitment form and outline the next steps.
This will usually involve a preliminary visit (unless you've stayed with us in the last two years), a full application form, a few days volunteering with us, and an interview.
Unless otherwise stated, there is no closing date for applications. They are usually considered on a first come first served basis.
Short Term Core
As a short term core member you assist colleagues in a wide range of tasks, which may change over time. So your motivation and flexibility are likely to be more important than a particular skill set. Your overall aim will be to help create the accepting and efficient setting within which visitors can best experience an authentic taste of community.
You will probably find you are given specific jobs on a regular basis relating to the responsibilities of the Caterer and/or the Housekeeper. For instance, you may be asked to be a regular kitchen assistant, or to operate our laundry.
Those who have enjoyed serving as short term core members include gap year students and early retired people, newcomers to Othona and long-established regular visitors, UK citizens and people from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa.
Short term core members usually stay with us between 3 months and 2 years. They receive full board and lodging (and council tax paid) and £2,172 a year, often rising to £3,566 after some months' experience. You can expect two days off a week (on a variable rota) and 28 days annual leave allowance (pro rata).
All Core Members
The following are all essential to the running of the centre and will be carried out by a combination of long and short term core members and local volunteers. They offer variety and sometimes the opportunity to use (or develop) special skills or pursue a personal interest.
- contributing to chapel gatherings (with support/training as appropriate)
- hosting (event liaison with facilitators and visitors)
- dealing with rubbish and recycling
- art room management
- care of chapel and worship resources
Tony Jaques, after 20 years' experience, shares about the personal qualities that core members need in Living and Working at Othona – Is it For You?