Community Cafe Assistant

Job Vacancy | Groundwork South 

Cafe Assistant, Hastings

Sussex & Surrey 

Location: The Bale House, Hastings Country Park, TN35 4AD.
Contract:  Zero hours and P/T roles available
Salary: £10.20 – £12.40 per hour (depending on experience)
Hours: Various shifts available, you will be required to work some weekends and bank holidays.

The Bale House Cafe is a small, but very busy destination café located within Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve known for its outstanding views, beauty and rare flora and fauna. The Bale House is the first public straw bale building constructed in Hastings and provides an exciting facility for visitors to the park to find out about this special landscape. Whether for eating, meeting, walking or learning The Bale House is a place for everyone, with things to discover every day.

This post will contribute towards developing a vibrant community café providing a comfortable, welcoming and inclusive meeting place for residents and visitors to enjoy good quality, healthy and affordable refreshments and shared activities throughout the year.

You will provide a welcoming front of house service, providing excellent customer service and quality food and beverages to local community and visitors from around the country and world.  In addition, to welcome visitors to the nature reserve you may be required to answer questions about the local area and support them in finding the information they need when visitor centre volunteers and staff are unavailable. Full training will be provided.

As we are located in the country park, please consider  how you’d be able to get here for work, before applying for the job.

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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Job Description & Person Specification


Please send your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Essential Criteria for the role quoting reference ‘BHCA24 to  Please confirm what hours/arrangements you would like as part of your application.

For further information regarding the post please Michelle Pletsch, Hastings Programme Manager on

Closing date for applications: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and invited to interview
Interviews:   in person at the Bale House

 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.