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THERE IS MORE TO HERM THAN MEETS THE EYE…
THERE IS MORE TO HERM THAN MEETS THE EYE…
THERE IS MORE TO HERM THAN MEETS THE EYE…
THERE IS MORE TO HERM THAN MEETS THE EYE…

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WORKING ON HERM ISLAND

Herm is a working community dependent totally on tourism for its income. The island is open all year round and employs a mix of permanent residents and seasonal staff. Our main season runs from April to October when all departments on the island are open. From November to March the island is managed by a significantly reduced workforce.

There is a permanent community of 60 residents on Herm, including children. These people live and work on the island all year round with their families. During the peak season, our numbers are increased by up to a 100 seasonal staff employed specifically to work in our busy island departments. We have a wide range of seasonal positions available in all departments. Start and finish dates vary across all departments, with some staff being taken on for the whole season while others will only work the main July/August period.

Income Tax

Both new and returning staff are now able to register online with the Guernsey Income Tax office. The online registration process is generally faster than completing a paper form and you will receive a tax coding sooner.

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JOB VACANCIES
Recruitment Vacancies

Island Services & Facilities Team

The Herm Island service team currently has 1 position available:
Full-time, permanent position of Painter / Decorator

Please see below for details and apply in writing with full CV, covering letter and two recent photographs to: jameshastings@herm.com
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PAINTER / DECORATOR

Department: Service Team
Position: Full time, Permanent

We are looking for someone with knowledge and experience in painting and decorating. Ideally some plastering and general wet trade experience would also be beneficial but not a requirement.

Applicants must have a full driving licence

Start date: mid/end April on a full time basis.

Closing date: Fri 13th of March.

Family/Schooling
For applicants with a young family we have the excellent island school (States of Guernsey Education Authority) which can take children up to the age of 11 years. There are currently 8 pupils.
The island offers an ideal safe outdoor environment for children with first class schooling.
It is not essential for couples living on the island to have children as long as they’re prepared to get involved with the community and make the most of island life.

Recreation
Enjoy wonderful beaches and walks, swimming after work in summer, fishing, dinghy sailing and many other outdoor activities. The hotel has a tennis court. There is a Village Hall for use by islanders with a table tennis table and some gym equipment. The Mermaid Tavern is open most of the year, except January – mid February. Good restaurants with a 25% discount on food for permanent island residents. Guernsey is just 20 minutes away by hourly ferry in summer and twice daily in winter with additional midday sailings on Wednesdays and Saturdays in winter. Nominal charge for out of high season visiting family in self-catering units.

Housing
Unfurnished but double-glazed and centrally heated accommodation will be provided with the only charge being for heating, electricity, gas and broadband.
The broadband charge is £125 per year (subject to review) and our utility charges are far lower than the UK.

Please apply in writing with full CV, covering letter and two recent photographs to: jameshastings@herm.com

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The White House Hotel Vacancies

Herm Island is seeking professional people to take on a career-defining challenge.

Herm Island offers a unique hospitality destination and we are seeking high quality candidates to fulfil a number of exciting roles.

Herm is located three miles off the larger island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands between Southern England and France. It is a picturesque holiday resort with a resident population of just 60 people that swells to almost double during the summer months. It has one hotel, a vibrant pub, two shops, 20 holiday cottages and a campsite. Being a small, sometimes isolated island, working and living on Herm can be challenging, demanding and not for the faint hearted and requires flexibility, a positive attitude and absolute professionalism.

All positions are live-in and our team are expected to work 6 days out of 7 when the business demands. All positions are paid hourly with holiday accumulating throughout the season. Unless prior permission is granted, we do not expect any of our team to take holiday during the season. Living and working on Herm will bring you close to guests, locals, and your colleagues. You need to be able to adapt and develop with the island team in order to be happy and productive during your time on Herm.

We are looking for people with the following attributes and work ethic:
• A positive and committed attitude
• Work well under pressure
• Ability to handle a relentless work schedule during busy periods
• A team player
• Professionalism delivering high standards at all times
• An excellent sense of humour
What we offer:
• Industry benchmarked competitive salary
• An accumulating bonus of £40 per week will be payable at the end of season (subject to terms)
• Fantastic hands on work experience
• Private accommodation
• Opportunity to work paid extra hours
• On the job training to include level 2 FSA certificates

We currently have the following vacancies available:

 

SEASONAL WAITING AND KITCHEN STAFF

Experienced service staff looking for their next challenge and to gain experience for their career. Must offer high standards and deliver impeccable service to the customer.
These are seasonal roles from March to October, complete with accommodation and a competitive package.

Please email your current CV and photo plus covering letter to robertletherbarrow@herm.com

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ROOM ATTENDANTS

A dynamic individual with excellent attention to detail whilst being self-motivated and extremely organized in ensuring that all cottages, hotel rooms, and public areas are cleaned to the required standard. Experience in a similar role is preferred but not essential.
All the necessary training will be provided but a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic are a must.
These are seasonal roles from April to October or June to September, complete with accommodation and a competitive package.

Please apply with CV and current photograph to ioanamacoveanu@herm.com

 

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More about Herm:
Herm boasts some of the best beaches in the British Isles, a great community and amazing wildlife. It has no cars and is only 1.5 miles long by 0.5 miles wide. Herm is only a 20 minute boat journey from Guernsey which has a population of 65,000 and offers all the benefits of a major UK town. As an employee of Herm Island, you will receive a heavily subsidised boat pass for travel to and from Guernsey.
Herm is a very unique and special place and if you adapt well within the working environment you will have a close set of colleagues and be part of a business which is hard not to love and cherish throughout the rest of your career. The unique elements of Herm make it a popular attraction for visitors but it is vital our staff appreciate they are part of a team to make the visitor experience as exceptional as possible.

Mermaid Tavern Vacancies

The Mermaid tavern is the social hub of Herm Island. It is fast paced and fun although extremely busy. Guernsey residents are extremely fond of The Mermaid and have high expectations of service and quality. We also cater for boat loads of tourists on a daily basis and our goal is to impress them so much, that their next holiday booking is on Herm itself. Our food & beverage is of a very high standard and our service is relaxed & informal whilst being polite and professional.

We host many live music events, real ale festivals, and create events that keep a buzz about the place throughout the season. So if you’re up for working hard, having fun and making a difference, then the jobs is yours!

The Mermaid Tavern is currently looking to recruit the following staff for the 2020 season:

  • Front of house service manager
  • Bar Manager
  • Front of house bar & waiting staff x 8
  • Chef de partie x 4
  • Kitchen porter x 3

Salary details available on application

All staff should have a positive attitude, be hard working and provide dates when available.
Priority for those sharing accommodation (couples) will be given.

To apply for any of the above positions please send a current CV with photograph and references to: tomjones@herm.com

Herm Shop Vacancies

The Herm Shop is looking to recruit Sales Assistants for the 2020 season.

This is a superb opportunity for enthusiastic individuals with sales and retail experience to enhance their skills within this unusual unique retail environment.

As a Herm Shop Sales Assistant you will be responsible for performing efficient sales transactions and providing a high level of service to all customers. Working closely with the management team, you will ensure that customer satisfaction is achieved through correctly merchandised stock lines, cash handling and EXCEPTIONAL customer service.

To be considered for this role, you must have:
• Sales or retail experience preferably in High Street shops
• A proven track record of merchandising, sales and cash handling.
• Be self-motivated and have the ability to actively create sales opportunities
• Good teamwork ethic is essential
• Physically fit and self sufficient

We offer a unique working environment, good rates of pay and wonderful scenery on a daily basis.

Contracts Available:
• End of May – Start of September 2020 (Clothing Retail Experience)
• End of July – Start of September 2020 (2 x Summer Positions)

To apply for the role of Herm Shop Sales Assistant (Seasonal 2020), please supply the following:

• Current CV
• Covering letter indicating availability and why you want to work on Herm Island
• Current Photograph
• Skype address

Please apply to:
georgereader@herm.com
George Reader, General Manager, Herm Island Shop, Herm Island, Guernsey, GY1 3HR

Beach Cafes Vacancies

Would you like to spend your summer by the beach?

The Beach Cafes are currently looking to recruit General Assistants for the 2020 season.

Various dates are available from late March until late September.
We are looking to recruit fun, hard-working people with a good command of English. Experience is preferred but not essential.
To apply for a post at the Beach Cafes, please send a C.V. Skype address, photo and a covering letter stating the dates that you are available and a brief reason why you would like to work at the Beach Cafes to:

hermcafes@hotmail.com

or post to:
Helena Rowe
Beach Cafes Manager
Herm Island
Via Guernsey
Channel Islands
GY1 3HR

General Outdoor Vacancies

There are currently no general outdoor vacancies in Herm.

Permanent Positions Vacancies

HEAD CHEF

The timeless, historic and stunningly located White House Hotel is seeking a passionate Head Chef with exceptional experience, consistency and a team ethos. We are looking for a calm, helpful, nurturing and confident leader to lead and mentor a quality-led kitchen brigade to take up the position in Feb / Mar 2020.

The Hotel:
The White House Hotel is magnificently positioned in the harbour village of Herm Island with stunning views towards our larger sister island of Guernsey. The four-star hotel has a guest only wing and a non-resident brasserie restaurant and bar, The Ship Inn, which is open daily during the main season. It also offers exclusivity for events such as weddings and functions with an exterior marquee catering for up to 150 people. The hotel offers 40 well appointed bedrooms, a private and public restaurant, brasserie & bar, swimming pool, guest lounges and brand new (March 2019) kitchen facilities.

The Challenge:
The right candidate will be required:
• To take control of the food element of this growing business, ensuring consistent delivery of quality products, service standards & specifications; controlling the local supplier to plate process.
• To be obsessed with great food and a desire and imagination to add to the current offerings to further enhance the guest experience.
• To have your own thoughts, ideas and suggestions about making the business even better; leading a dedicated team that blends visionary design with fresh, local and seasonal food.
• To have the skills and motivation to mentor the kitchen brigade and be responsible for their welfare, recruitment, induction, training, supervision and development.
• To have a great working knowledge of all necessary due diligence and able to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the kitchen.
• To take appropriate levels of fiscal responsibility for departmental food costs, payroll, operating expenses and budgets.
• To assume responsibility for all relevant HR, payroll, health & safety, legislative and administrative duties.
• To be an integral part of the senior management team at the hotel, supporting operational goals and measuring effectiveness through the food & beverage P&L and service performance of the hotel.
• To provide a high quality and consistent food offering to Herm Island’s hotel staff during lunch and dinner.
• To be a community and team player
• To create, oversee and implement specs for all dishes and be allergen compliant.

The Person:
• Possess a contagious passion for excellence, a great eye for detail and a talent for creative, innovative ideas.
• Previous experience in a same/similar role within a high-end, top quality environment, preferably in hotels.
• A natural leader, self-motivator and mentor to your brigade and the hotel team; leading by example, enhancing their experiences and adding to their skill set.
• Possess immaculate grooming standards and the discipline to ensure others follow your example.
• A great work ethic with self-discipline, organisational skills and a burning passion for great food.
• A desire to relocate to this beautiful, unique island and community.
• Consider him/herself part of a growing and developing hotel management team and enthusiastic to take part in brainstorming and improvement processes alongside colleagues.

The Rewards:
• A competitive salary and potential bonus scheme (Guernsey’s taxation is significantly different to the UK)
• Live-in essential and considered part of your package. Allocated accommodation is a 2/3 bedroom cottage (families welcome)
• Excellent community and well being spirit.

Please email your current CV and photo plus covering letter to robertletherbarrow@herm.com

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ESTATE MANAGER

Department: Service Team
Job Purpose: Responsible for the efficient operation and upkeep of the island estate and team
Position: Full time, Permanent

Main areas of responsibility and accountability:
• Plan and schedule project works for the island estates.
• Delegate and schedule works for the estate teams.
• Accountable for the upkeep of the whole island estates to a high standard.
• Compile and manage rotas, time sheets, holidays etc.
• Responsible for all health & safety and compliance related to the estate of the island, including machine checks and audits, reporting to the Technical Services Manager.
• Ensure all staff have sufficient and documented training.
• Abide by the conditions of employment as per Herm Staff Handbook
• To take accountability of own projects, tasks and deadlines.
• To ensure all work is undertaken within any specified time frames.
• Any other reasonable request from your line manager or member of the senior management team.

Island duties
• Follow Herm Island Quality Management System.
• Be an ambassador for the island. ie. helping visitors, reporting incidents, community projects etc.
• To report to your line manager any concerns relating to the mental health and or well being of either yourself or another team member.

Family/Schooling
For applicants with a young family we have the excellent island school (States of Guernsey Education Authority) which can take children up to the age of 11 years. There are currently 8 pupils.
The island offers an ideal safe outdoor environment for children with first class schooling.
It is not essential for couples living on the island to have children as long as they’re prepared to get involved with the community and make the most of island life.

Recreation
Enjoy wonderful beaches and walks, swimming after work in summer, fishing, dinghy sailing and many other outdoor activities. The hotel has a tennis court. There is a Village Hall for use by islanders with a table tennis table and some gym equipment. The Mermaid Tavern is open most of the year, except January – mid February. Good restaurants with a 25% discount on food for permanent island residents. Guernsey is just 20 minutes away by hourly ferry in summer and twice daily in winter with additional midday sailings on Wednesdays and Saturdays in winter. Nominal charge for out of high season visiting family in self-catering units.

Housing
Unfurnished but double-glazed and centrally heated accommodation will be provided with the only charge being for heating, electricity, gas and broadband.
The broadband charge is £125 per year (subject to review) and our utility charges are far lower than the UK.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
– Previous estate work experience
– Previous Management experience in a similar discipline
– Qualification in any forestry or horticulture discipline.
– Organisational skills
– Team building and leadership
– Communication skills
– Full driving licence
– Physically fit

Please apply in writing with full CV, covering letter and two recent photographs to: jameshastings@herm.com

Campsite Vacancies

SEASONAL CAMPSITE ASSISTANT / CLEANER

Seeking a dedicated and friendly person to assist in the general cleaning and maintenance of a much loved seasonal campsite from April to October, approximately 40 to 48 hours per week over 6 days.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • general facility & grounds maintenance
  • cleaning public toilets across the island
  • cleaning campsite toilets/showers
  • cleaning of tents
  • liaising with service team members regarding delivery of luggage
  • maintaining cleaning stock levels and being on call for any guest emergencies.

Interested candidate must be physically fit, practical, intuitive and a keen outdoors person. Warden experience is preferred.
A clean driving license is required.
Please apply with CV and current photograph to ioanamacoveanu@herm.com

Gardeners Vacancies

There are currently no gardener vacancies in Herm.

Holiday Cottages Vacancies

Housekeeping Manager
A skilled Head Housekeeper with great supervisory and organizational skills, able to assist in the smooth running of a 40-bedroom hotel and 20 self-catering cottages. The right candidate will be supporting the Executive Head Housekeeper, inspecting, training and working alongside the team to ensure that all operational standards are met in line with quality, cleanliness, health and safety and business needs.
This is a seasonal role from March to October 2019 which could be extended into a permanent role, complete with accommodation and competitive package.

Room Attendants
A dynamic individual with excellent attention to detail whilst being self-motivated and extremely organized in ensuring that all cottages, hotel rooms and public areas are cleaned to the required standard. Experience in a similar role is preferred but not essential. All the necessary training will be provided but a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic are a must.
These are seasonal roles from March to October, complete with accommodation and a competitive package.

For housekeeping and room attendant positions, please email your current CV and photo plus covering letter to: IoanaMacoveanu@herm.com

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ROOM ATTENDANTS

A dynamic individual with excellent attention to detail whilst being self-motivated and extremely organized in ensuring that all cottages, hotel rooms, and public areas are cleaned to the required standard. Experience in a similar role is preferred but not essential.
All the necessary training will be provided but a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic are a must.
These are seasonal roles from April to October or June to September, complete with accommodation and a competitive package.

Please apply with CV and current photograph to ioanamacoveanu@herm.com

Engineering Vacancies

There are currently no engineering vacancies in Herm.

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