Campsite warden jobs: Are you looking for an alternative lifestyle?

The warden positions have now been filled for Beech Estate and Wild Boar Wood Campsites’ 2024 season. We are always interested in hearing from prospective wardens for peak times in summer and future seasons, so please read on and get in touch to register your interest.

Please read more details about the warden job below and email us your CV and cover letter if you’re interested in future roles for the summer or 2025. We have full time campsite warden jobs during the season and some part time roles as well. Read on to find out more if you are interested in becoming a warden with us in the future…

*As the campsite is a few miles from shops you will require your own transport* 

Overview of the Campsite Warden Jobs at Wild Boar Wood

Are you interested in living an alternative lifestyle? From time to time we require suitable people for our campsite warden jobs to work and live at our two Sussex woodland campsite. Our camping seasons run from April to October. Both campsites are off-grid. The positions are likely to suit a couple seeking an alternative way of living, with a love of people and nature.

Wild Boar Wood Campsite

Our glamping only site in West Sussex is near to Haywards Heath, Lewes and Uckfield. This campsite has nine fully furnished bell tents in a semi ancient five acre woodland. Wild Boar Wood Campsite is a more intimate site than our Beech Estate campsite, with the trains of the Bluebell Railway running past. The campsite is a favourite of families and small groups of friends.  The campsite can also be booked out for exclusive use on weekends by nine families.

This job requires a couple or two friends sharing a full-time position (approx 15-20 hour per week each or 30-40 hours in total). We pay approx £11.50 per hour. A couple will earn a monthly wage based on approximately 37 hours per week (in the order of £1850 per month). We also provide onsite accommodation, the gas, water, firewood and supply cookware, crockery and furnishings in the shepherd’s hut. Plus there is an end of season bonus.  So the salary and benefits are designed to be well over the living wage.

A capable single person might also be considered, but you must enjoy your own company during the quiet times, when no guests are present.  The job for a single involves working approximately 25-30 hours per week with part-time support. Certain aspects of the job, especially in peak change-over times, school holidays and during set-up and pack-down, require two people to carry out the work more effectively and in the time required.

The site is off grid but does have flushing toilets and hot water bucket showers. We require full time live in warden(s) at Wild Boar Wood Campsite and we provide the warden(s) with a quirky shepherds hut for a home.

The primary responsibility of the warden(s) is to enhance the experience of our campers and ensure their wellbeing.

The warden(s) is responsible for the safety and security of the campers and the campsite. Meeting and greeting the campers and making them feel welcome are of great importance. We consider the role to be one of service to our guests, to answer any questions they may have. Also one of ‘troubleshooting’ and dealing with possible problems, ideally before they occur. Responsibilities could range from assisting lost guests, dealing with difficulties due to weather conditions or maintenance tasks.

Our local area planning permission requires the warden(s) to be onsite at all times guests are present. Hence the role requires the warden to live at the campsite.

Please note the following;

  • Both campsites are off-grid, so no electricity
  • You need to love camping and nature
  • There are electricity points at both farms away from the campsites that can be used
  • No dogs are allowed due the local planning restrictions
  • The showers are gravity fed bucket showers with the warm water coming from a wood burning stove or small gas fired heater
  • There is a constant fresh water supply
  • Owning your own vehicle is important

Suitable applicants will likely see this position as a lifestyle choice, as their presence will be required onsite in the evenings and the peak guests times on weekends and during holidays.

The warden is responsible for cleaning of the bell tents after they are vacated. Cleaning of the toilets and showers. They are also responsible for the general maintenance and tidying of the campsite.

For more information on Wild Boar Wood or Beech Estate Woodland Campsites visit our website;

Beech Estate Campsite

Wild Boar Wood Campsite

Warden Characteristics – Campsite Warden Jobs

  • Hard working, diligent and responsible
  • MUST have your own vehicle
  • Enjoys interacting with people, including children, with a strong customer service focus
  • Loves the outdoors and camping
  • Physically fit and active – there is a degree of lifting and moving of heavy objects required
  • Would suit people seeking an alternative lifestyle
  • Relaxed, down to earth, happy person – we run a chilled out campsite
  • Practical with good general maintenance and DIY skills
  • Self-starter, who is not satisfied with average and thinks outside the box
  • Would suit a couple who share the responsibilities

Timing & Commitment – Campsite Warden Jobs

  • The position(s) will be from March – October/November, depending on which campsite you are applying for.
  • Weekends are busy, however outside of school holidays the campsites are generally quiet midweek.
  • In April the focus is on setting up the campsites, maintenance and building projects.
  • Wardens may be asked to swap locations (between East and West Sussex) as cover or to provide variety, or to allow specialist skills to be used of one warden at different sites.
  • Expected hours working ranges between 20 hours per week to 40 plus hours in peak times.

Accommodation

As a warden you will be expected to live onsite in a shepherds hut. Outside you will have your own campfire, eco stove, picnic table, director’s chairs etc. All cookware etc is supplied. We supply you with all your firewood for cooking and a great adventure living off-grid in the lovely Sussex Countryside. We provide a mobile phone for work related use.

Campsite jobs in Sussex, warden accommodation

 

Responsibilities for Campsite Warden Jobs

Bell Tent Set-Up & Take Down
  • Where applicable set-up bell tents and kit out with equipment for the campers
  • Some movements and repositioning of Bell Tents around the campsite
Campsites with summer availability - Wild Boar Wood Campsite in Sussex
Guests Arrival & Departure
  • Liaise with guest before arrival to confirm ETA
  • Meet and greet guests on arrival
  • Assist with belongings from car park to campsite, ensuring trolleys and wheelbarrows are available
  • Ensure guests only park in car park area (due to council regulations)
  • Show guest to their accommodation, pointing out the equipment
  • Provide tour of our campsite, discussing philosophy, protection of flora and fauna, safety procedures etc.
  • Particular focus on our ecological focus and the woodland re-growth program
  • Explain use of toilets and wood burner/water heater for shower
  • Explain rubbish and noise policy
  • Provide with firewood allocation and sell additional if required
Bell Tent Preparation & Cleaning
  • Bell tent exterior brushed down and kept clean
  • Fire-pit cleared out & eco stove cleaned
  • Kindling, matches and newspaper re-stocked
  • Picnic table and chairs cleaned
  • Cool Box cleaned
  • Dinnerware and Cookware checked and cleaned
  • Carpet vacuumed and entrance brushed
  • Interior tidied
  • Beds brushed and arranged
  • Bin liner replaced
  • Allocate bed combinations to tents as required for upcoming bookings
  • One or two tents per week to have ‘spring clean’ or possible rotation
Campsite Cleaning and Maintenance
  • The general campsite should be kept very clean and tidy at all times
  • Campsite surrounding trees surveyed for any dangerous branches
  • Toilets checked and cleaned morning and evening
  • Compost toilet waste disposal via Environmental Health standard procedures (getting rid of the poo and wee)
  • Shower checked and cleaned morning and evening
  • Water containers cleaned and filled
  • Kitchen shed cleaned and tidied daily
  • Central fire pit cleared
  • Path, solar path lights and borders maintained
  • Apply wood-chip to damp areas
Campsite toilets and facilities at Wild Boar Wood Campsite in West Sussex
General Duties
  • Ensure the campers have an enjoyable stay
  • Supervise the campsite and maintain safe practices
  • Ensure the low noise policy is observed
  • Stack firewood when delivered
  • Sale of additional firewood to campers
  • Repair and maintenance work around campsite
  • Visit farm each day to collect ice blocks for campers
  • Liaise with Campsite Manager regarding bookings and general matters
  • General duties and responsibilities as required

If you think a campsite warden position at Beech Estate or Wild Boar Wood campsites could be for you then please send us a cover letter and CV to info@pegsandpitches.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

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