Iona and Camas

Are you looking for an alternative, counter cultural and spiritually challenging way to live and work? Then consider joining the Resident Staff at our centres on the island of Iona or at Camas, to share a common life and extend our ministry of hospitality to guests from all over the world.

We are currently recruiting our Resident Staff for 2019.

Sacristan – Iona
Housekeeper – Iona
Assistant Cook – Iona
Operations Manager – Iona

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Being part of the Resident Staff at the Island Centres is not simply taking on a job – it is taking on a way of life, sharing in the Community’s ministry of hospitality and a common life of work and worship. Resident Staff Members take on specific responsibilities for the running of certain functions within the Community, which encompass a range of skills and experience. We ask that applicants be in sympathy with the aims and purpose of the Iona Community and recognise that living in community is not simply doing a job but sharing in common life responsibilities which includes welcoming guests, building community and daily worship where appropriate. 

The 2019 season on Iona will be like no other previous season, due to the absence of residential programmes in the Abbey while a major refurbishment programme is carried out. The Abbey is due to reopen to guests at Easter 2020: meanwhile the MacLeod Centre is also closed. At the same time the Iona Community continues to offer hospitality to visitors to the island through the worship in the Abbey Church, our shop and through providing information sessions for groups and individuals interested in the work. We also continue to work in partnership with our neighbours on the island of Iona. In 2019 there will be a small resident staff team who will be responsible for these areas of work and for preparing for the reopening to guests in 2020.

Please read Working For The Iona Community explaining practical details about life on Iona and Camas.

Working for the Iona Community at Camas                         Working for the Iona Community on Iona

Resident posts are generally offered on a fixed term basis of between 10 months and 3 years. All posts regardless of the duties are offered at the same monthly allowance, plus full board and lodgings, and relocation assistance.  Many Iona and ALL Camas Resident Group posts are subject to Membership of The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). Having a criminal record however will not exclude anyone from applying, or being considered for appointment.

If you wish to apply for more than one post, you must complete a separate application form for each post.

UK Immigration Law means that it if there is a suitable candidate from the EU or otherwise already has the right to work in the UK we are not allowed to appoint someone who does not.

Camas, Isle of Mull

The deadline for applications for the three posts at Camas has now passed.


Iona

Housekeeper – Iona

The 2019 season on Iona will be like no other previous season, due to the absence of residential programmes in the Abbey while a major refurbishment programme is carried out. The Abbey is due to reopen to guests at Easter 2020: meanwhile the MacLeod Centre is also closed. At the same time the Iona Community continues to offer hospitality to visitors to the island through the worship in the Abbey Church, our shop and through providing information sessions for groups and individuals interested in the work. We also continue to work in partnership with our neighbours on the island of Iona. In 2019 there will be a small resident staff team who will be responsible for these areas of work and for preparing for the reopening to guests in 2020.

There will not be a large Abbey housekeeping team, as has been the norm in recent years. However, there is still a need for a full time housekeeper. The accommodation occupied by staff and Iona Community representatives, visitors (including those staying in other properties we own on the island) will need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to each arrival and after each departure; bed linen and other laundry items will need to be washed; rooms used in the course of Iona Community activities carried out outside the refectory will need to be kept clean and tidy; cleaning and housekeeping supplies will need to be ordered and stored. There will also be an important ‘human’ dimension, as the Island Housekeeper will be the main liaison point with new arrivals (volunteer staff and visitors) to welcome them and show them round their accommodation on arrival, and to be their main point of contact for accommodation matters throughout their stay.

As the Abbey is reorganised and refitted before it re-opens at Easter 2020, there will also be a need to assist with reorganising the stored items. In addition there is a need for all properties the Community owns on the island to be cleared of rubbish and their contents sorted and organised, and in early 2020 to assist with starting to refit the Abbey accommodation.

The postholder will be expected to work primarily by himself or herself and organise his/her own work, with additional help as and when the need arises, but always with prior agreement by the Iona Operations Manager

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To liaise closely with the Bookings Administrator and other staff as appropriate to chart the anticipated arrival and departure of all people coming to stay in Iona Community properties and plan together which room will be allocated to whom;
  • To prepare the accommodation as per the chart, carrying out the necessary cleaning, laundry and other domestic duties;
  • To carry out daily laundry duties relating to the properties
  • To ensure that all common areas used in the course of Iona Community activities are kept tidy and clean;
  • To ensure that the toilets in the Welcome Centre are cleaned daily;
  • To act as the main liaison point for new arrivals for matters of accommodation, ensuring that someone is at hand to welcome them and show them around the facilities;
  • To liaise with the Iona Centre Resources Manager to request additional help when the duties exceed the capacity of one person or to provide cover on days off and during holidays;
  • To maintain an adequate supply of cleaning and housekeeping material to meet the daily needs of the housekeeping operations;
  • To authorise invoices relating to the ordering of the above and keep a record of payments in liaison with the Finance Officer in Glasgow;
  • To maintain and ensure the correct storage of material, in accordance with legislation
  • To prepare the Welcome centre,  staff and volunteer accommodation, and new guest accommodation for the opening of the 2020 season.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post as agreed

As a member of the Resident Team the post holder is required to participate in the common life at our centres. The focus of this common life is a shared life of hospitality, which includes leading worship and chairing meals. The worship of the Iona Community on the island is the responsibility of the Iona Centre Manager; however all other resident staff members will be expected to share in the conduct of worship, for which training will be given. More information on the general responsibilities of Resident Staff is given in “Working for the Iona Community on Iona 2019” and these should be read in conjunction with this job description and addressed in your application.

Deadline for applications 12 Noon (GMT) 10th January (please note extended deadline)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Glasgow on 16th January, with a possible follow up visit to Iona.

Please read   Working for the Iona Community on Iona before applying.

All applications must be on the Islands Application Form (CVs are not accepted)

Job Description Housekeeper 2019

Terms & Conditions - Iona 2018  Updated 2019 Terms and Conditions will follow very shortly

Completed applications forms should be returned to [email protected]
OR
by post to Recruitment, Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP


Sacristan – Iona

The 2019 season on Iona will be like no other previous season, due to the absence of residential programmes in the Abbey while a major refurbishment programme is carried out. The Abbey is due to reopen to guests at Easter 2020: meanwhile the MacLeod Centre is also closed. At the same time the Iona Community continues to offer hospitality to visitors to the island through the worship in the Abbey Church, our shop and through providing information sessions for groups and individuals interested in the work. We also continue to work in partnership with our neighbours on the island of Iona. In 2019 there will be a small resident staff team who will be responsible for these areas of work and for preparing for the reopening to guests in 2020.

There will not be a Programme team, as has been the norm in recent years. However, there is still a need for a Sacristan.

The Sacristan is responsible for the stewardship and caretaking of the Abbey Church, the Michael Chapel and St Oran’s Chapel, and for ensuring that all the necessary preparations are made to enable the conduct of public worship, including welcoming people to the worship services.  In the absence of a residential programme they will be required to help out practically on a regular basis, given that the 2019 operational team will be small. In practice, it means that the post holder must be willing to carry out maintenance, administrative, or housekeeping duties as and when the circumstances demand it, and particularly over the winter

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure that the Abbey Church/Michael Chapel or other spaces are prepared for worship: books, candles, chairs and other equipment; microphone and sound system; peace and justice displays; assist with any rehearsals and ensure that the worship spaces are cleared up after services.
  • Support and enable all staff in their leadership of services, providing assistance to ensure the best possible use of space and other resources.
  • Welcome and brief worship leaders, being prepared to stand in if necessary; ensure all worshippers are welcomed and stewarded before, during and after services.
  • Manage church supplies and make best use of worship resources (candles, candle oil, communion wine, flowers, etc.) within the agreed budget.   Collect, sort and record offertory monies and other collections.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post, which are agreed upon.
  • Liaising with the Iona Prayer Circle and collating weekly prayers for healing

As a member of the Resident Team the post holder is required to participate in the common life at our centres. The focus of this common life is a shared life of hospitality, which includes leading worship and chairing meals. The worship of the Iona Community on the island is the responsibility of the Iona Centre Manager; however all other resident staff members will be expected to share in the conduct of worship, for which training will be given. More information on the general responsibilities of Resident Staff is given in “Working for the Iona Community on Iona 2019” and these should be read in conjunction with this job description and addressed in your application.

Deadline for applications 12 Noon (GMT) 10th January (please note extended deadline)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Glasgow on 17th January, with a possible follow up visit to Iona.

Please read   Working for the Iona Community on Iona before applying.

All applications must be on the Islands Application Form (CVs are not accepted)

Job Description Sacristan 2019

Terms & Conditions - Iona 2018  Updated 2019 Terms and Conditions will follow very shortly

Completed applications forms should be returned to [email protected]
OR
by post to Recruitment, Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP


Assistant Cook – Iona

The 2019 season on Iona will be like no other previous season, due to the absence of residential programmes in the Abbey while a major refurbishment programme is carried out. The Abbey is due to reopen to guests at Easter 2020: meanwhile the MacLeod Centre is also closed. At the same time the Iona Community continues to offer hospitality to visitors to the island through the worship in the Abbey Church, our shop and through providing information to groups and individuals interested in the work. We also continue to work in partnership with our neighbours on the island of Iona. In 2019 there will be a small resident staff team who will be responsible for these areas of work and for preparing for the reopening to guests in 2020.

There will not be a large kitchen team as there has been in the past: instead there will be a team consisting of the Abbey Cook, the Assistant Cook, and a full time volunteer. The Assistant Cook will be line managed and supported by the Abbey Cook.

The Assistant Cook will be working closely together with the Abbey Cook to provide food for staff and Iona Community representatives, and occasional visitors (including those staying in other properties we own on the island). The post holder will be part of the planning process for the menu of each week. The kitchen will provide a mainly vegetarian diet, with emphasis on seasonal, fairly traded or locally sourced, healthy food. Avoiding waste – in food and packaging -is a priority.

On the days the Abbey Cook is not present, the Assistant Cook will take over responsibility of the daily running of the kitchen.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Abbey Cook to ensure a smoothly running service. In the absence of the Abbey Cook, the Assistant Cook takes over responsibility for the running of the kitchen. The Assistant Cook will then organise the day and manage the volunteer staff present. Tasks include:
    •           provision of bread and soup for lunch
    •           provision of extras (cheese, hummus, salad) for staff lunch
    •           provision of a simple dinner (providing special diets if necessary)
    •           provision of other food, i.e, communion bread
  • Planning of menus in collaboration with the Abbey Cook. In absence of the Abbey Cook, the Assistant Cook is responsible for preparing the menu, ensuring a balance of nutrition and variety, while keeping in the budget and sourcing food ethically.
  • Manage food stocks and together with the Abbey Cook order provisions according to our ethical food policy. Ensure that supplied foods get stored correctly, considering rotation and use.
  • Help the Abbey Cook in coaching, supporting and supervising volunteer staff and others who come to help out in the kitchen.
  • Ensure together with Abbey Cook that Environmental Health & Safety, as well as food safety standards are met in the kitchen, at all times. This includes keeping records, the maintenance and cleanliness of storage, preparation areas and equipment.
  • Ensure together with the Abbey Cook that volunteer and other staff working in the kitchen have necessary awareness of Health and Safety standards.
  • Any other duties which are appropriate to the post as agreed.

As a member of the Resident Team the post holder is required to participate in the common life at our centres. The focus of this common life is a shared life of hospitality, which includes leading worship and chairing meals. The worship of the Iona Community on the island is the responsibility of the Iona Centre Manager; however all other resident staff members will be expected to share in the conduct of worship, for which training will be given. More information on the general responsibilities of Resident Staff is given in “Working for the Iona Community on Iona 2019” and these should be read in conjunction with this job description and addressed in your application.

Deadline for applications 12 Noon (GMT) 10th January (please note extended deadline)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Glasgow on 16th  January, with a possible follow up visit to Iona.

Please read   Working for the Iona Community on Iona before applying.

All applications must be on the Islands Application Form (CVs are not accepted)

Job Description Assistant Cook 2019

Terms & Conditions - Iona 2018  Updated 2019 Terms and Conditions will follow very shortly

Completed applications forms should be returned to [email protected]
OR
by post to Recruitment, Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP

Operations Manager – Iona

The 2019 season on Iona will be like no other previous season, due to the absence of residential programmes in the Abbey while a major refurbishment programme is carried out. The Abbey is due to reopen to guests at Easter 2020: meanwhile the MacLeod Centre is also closed. At the same time the Iona Community continues to offer hospitality to visitors to the island through the worship in the Abbey Church, our shop and through providing information to groups and individuals interested in the work. We also continue to work in partnership with our neighbours on the island of Iona. In 2019 there will be a small resident staff team who will be responsible for these areas of work and for preparing for the reopening to guests in 2020.

We are recruiting an Operations Manager to oversee the operational aspects of the Iona Community’s activities and properties on the island of Iona during the transition period leading to the re-opening of the refurbished Abbey living spaces.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To manage a small team of paid staff and volunteers.
  • To support the planning for 2020. This will include assisting in detailed planning for the re-instalment of the Abbey as a residential centre and for the guest season of 2020.
  • The role will require close co-ordination with the Iona Centre Manager and with staff in Glasgow.
  • Although the primary function is to manage operations and plan, the post holder will sometimes have to help out practically (with maintenance, administrative of housekeeping tasks) given that the 2019 operational team will be small.
  • Act as a flexible and resilient leader during this transitional year and during the phased re-instatement of the Abbey living spaces into a residential centre of hospitality
  • Ensure the right level of staffing through recruitment, induction and accommodation of volunteers.
  • Line manage the Bookings Administrator, Shop Manager, (part-time) Maintenance Supervisor, Cook and Housekeeper.
  • Maintain close communication with the Iona Centre Manager in order to sustain good co-ordination across all areas of work.
  • Together with the Iona Centre Manager, hold regular staff meetings to ensure good communication and team-working
  • Oversee all aspects of Health & Safety to ensure compliance, and help plan for Health and Safety compliance from 2020 onwards
  • Participate in the review of the Community’s IT and communication needs on Iona for 2019 and beyond, and in the development of an appropriate action plan
  • Oversee maintenance needs in the Community’s properties on the island in liaison with the Property Development Group and, when necessary, call upon the services of external specialist contractors.
  • Attend all site meetings in connection with Phase 2 of the Abbey Capital Project and ensure that the Building Development Team is made aware of any operational concern.
  • Be the on-site main point of contact on Iona with Iona Energy Ltd – the company in charge of implementing the renewables energy system on Iona.
  • Support the development and implementation of the action plan that will lead to the re-instatement of the Abbey as a residential centre and to the running of the 2020 guest season.
  • Maintain budgetary and strategic awareness and restraints in close liaison with the Iona Centre Manager and the Business Director and Leaders in Glasgow
  • Any other duties appropriate to the post, as agreed with the Line Manager

As a member of the Resident Team the post holder is required to participate in the common life at our centres. The focus of this common life is a shared life of hospitality, which includes leading worship and chairing meals. The worship of the Iona Community on the island is the responsibility of the Iona Centre Manager; however all other resident staff members will be expected to share in the conduct of worship, for which training will be given. More information on the general responsibilities of Resident Staff is given in “Working for the Iona Community on Iona 2019” and these should be read in conjunction with this job description and addressed in your application.

Deadline for applications 12 Noon (GMT) 10th January (please note extended deadline)

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Glasgow on 17th January, with a possible follow up visit to Iona.

Please read Working for the Iona Community on Iona before applying.

All applications must be on the Islands Application Form (CVs are not accepted)

Job Description Operations Manager – 2018

Terms & Conditions - Iona 2018  Updated 2019 Terms and Conditions will follow very shortly

Completed applications forms should be returned to [email protected]

OR

by post to Recruitment, Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP