Live-in Caretaker/maintenance person

Contract: 41 hours per week, flexible days, permanent

Work at The Sharpham Trust

We are looking for a person to take on the residential role of Caretaker, living in the Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, which operates as a residential retreat centre.

This role is vital to the effective and smooth running of the House. You will undertake the general maintenance of the House, ensuring its smooth running and responding to the needs of groups staying. You will also help prepare the House during the changeovers by moving and lifting furniture and you will have responsibility for being on call during out of hours in case of problems or fire alarms. The role is also responsibility for security and opening and closing the House each day.

This role comes with a small but comfortable flat located at the top of Sharpham House with bedroom, lounge, bathroom and kitchen. The House is located in an historic parkland on the River Dart a couple of miles from Totnes. The accommodation is rent-free and all utilities except phone are paid for.

About you

This is a role for someone who is well organised with excellent communication skills and the ability to work on his or her own initiative, as part of a small team. You will have previous relevant experience and able to manage multiple priorities and always achieve high standards. Flexibility and a sense of humour will be vital.

An interest in the Trust’s charitable work and mindfulness would also be an advantage. Staff are able to access the Trust’s programme of courses and retreats.

How to apply

Click here to read and download the Job Description as a Word document

Click here to download our Application Form as a Word document

To apply, please complete the Application Form and email it to [email protected]

Closing Date for applications:  Monday 25 March

Interviews:  Friday 29 March

Informal Enquiries

Before submitting an application, you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Denise Scribbins, House Manager: [email protected]



Occasional cooks/chefs wantedWork in our kitchen at The Sharpham Trust

We occasionally require self-employed vegetarian cooks/chefs to provide meals for our guests on our residential courses and retreats.

The numbers of participants for catering vary from 12 to 40+.

If you are interested please contact Denise Scribbins, House Manager on 01803 732842 or email [email protected]



VolunteersVolunteer at The Sharpham Trust

We are always recruiting volunteers to help in the maintenance of Sharpham House and grounds and within the Sharpham Archive, sharing the benefits of this venue, its history and its setting.

Click here to read more about how you can get involved in volunteering at Sharpham, or email [email protected]



If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Amy Ruewell, Trust Administrator
Tel: 01803 732055
Email: [email protected]
Address: Sharpham House, Sharpham Estate, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, UK, TQ9 7UT