Bale House Assistant

Job Vacancy | Groundwork South

Location: The Bale House, Hastings
Contract:  Zero hours contract, flexible hours to cover during Spring
Salary: £11.44 per hour 

The Bale House is a Visitor Centre in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. Its construction was funded by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) with grant aid from the Interreg NWE programme. This is a unique straw bale building in one of the UKs most stunning coastal landscapes and is valued within the local community and visitors from outside the area.

Groundwork South have been working in partnership with HBC to manage the building since it was opened in 2021.

The Bale House Assistant will assist in running the new Bale House Visitor Centre to ensure a safe, welcoming and informative service is provided for all visitors. They will work closely with the Centre Manager, Volunteer Coordinators and Area Programme Manager, sharing information and working collaboratively to ensure consistent and high quality delivery

For key requirements of the role please see the personal specification attached to the Job Description on our website.

We are a creative, committed and enthusiastic organisation with a great track record of project development, fundraising and delivery, so there are always opportunities to grow and develop your role within our friendly team.

Groundwork South works with communities across the south of England to transform their lives and the places where they live. We have been at the forefront of social and environmental regeneration for over 25 years, and today we have a simple mission: to create better places, improve people’s prospects, and promote greener living and working.

We are passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny, and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances. This vision drives the work that we do. Each year we deliver over 100 innovative projects, tackling the biggest issues facing our communities and creating real and lasting, positive change.

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To apply send your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Essential Criteria in the Job Description below.

Job Description & Person Specification


Please send your CV and Cover Letter, quoting reference ‘BHA24’ to

For further information and to discuss the role please contact Michelle Pletsch, Hastings Programme Manager on


Closing date for applications:  Rolling recruitment until a suitable candidate is found 
Interview date:  Candidates will be contacted on receipt of successful application to arrange interview date

Please note, we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

 Groundwork South is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we interview every disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for the job. Once you’ve applied, please send us an email stating that you have a disclosed disability, and we’ll interview you.  If you need any support or adjustments with your application or attendance at interview please let us know.