We are a 7 day-a-week organisation, currently employing about 30 regular Staff plus freelance tutors.
In additon we have one or two Volunteers, both regular and occaisonal, who help us in the gardens, with decoration or driving for courses.
We take being a place of work seriously, and we value our staff, regardless of age. It is our pleasure to be a part of people’s lives, whatever their stage of life. We regard it as an honour to provide paid work for young people just starting on their professional journey, and, equally, to be a support to older adults for whom doing something worthwhile that makes a difference matters, and everyone in-between.
Working at Higham, in any capacity, we want you to feel like one of our little family. Thank you for taking an interest.
General Application forms are downloadable at the bottom of the page.
We advertise our regular hospitality, housekeeping and admin jobs on Indeed:

Current Positions Available

Housekeeping Assistant

Temporary: 15hrs per week (2 x days to include Sunday)

This is a part-time position to provide additional support to our housekeeping team during busy periods. We are initially looking for help over the next 6 weeks (to end April) but this may become a longer-term opportunity to pick up occasional shifts on a casual basis.

Initially we can offer 15 hours (2 x days) per week, to include Sunday + 1 other weekday. Shifts start at 7:30am or 10am and include a 30 min unpaid break, finishing either at 3:30 or 6pm. Meals are provided. To start as soon as possible.

Rate of pay: £11.19/hr (Higham is committed to exceeding National Living Wage)

You will work with a team of 4 other housekeeping staff in our busy adult residential college.
You will help us to maintain high standards of cleanliness and order in our characterful historic building. You will also present a friendly face and be willing to assist colleagues or members of the public with other tasks as relevant. We are open 50 weeks a year and host over 3000 students annually. We care for all our employees and provide a welcoming and supportive environment both for students and staff.

Visits to see us are welcomed.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please enquire/send your CV to / call 01768 776276 & ask for Lizzie or Joan.

Job specification

Volunteer Positions Available

Volunteer Gardeners

Always wanted to join a very small team of volunteers helping our Head Gardener care for our modest 6 acres of grounds. The gardens are well-established and have paths, interesting trees and open spaces that are enjoyed by our adult Students and Tutors. It’s often worth it just for the open view of the Skiddaw fells we are so lucky to have.

Whether it be for just an hour occasionally or more frequently, there is always something to do throughout the year. Just make an appointment to come in and see Neil, our head gardener.
All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team as well!


Volunteer Drivers

We have two vehicles in use:

    • Fiat Panda 4×4 car (called ‘Noddy’) for transporting 3 adult students from/to mainline railway stations.
      This service enables people to use public transport to get to Higham. The run to Penrith takes 3o minutes each way, Carlisle just a little longer.
    • Ford Transit 13 passenger minibus (called ‘Finlay’) for taking educational groups of adult Student with Tutors on Field Trips

Typical destinations include Buttermere, Borrowdale, St Bees and Newlands Valley, Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall to name a few!
We do not often travel outside Cumbria.

Course groups are always Tutor led and can be anything including themes of Geology, History, Art, Gardens etc. on half or full days out. Sometimes drop-off, sometimes maybe enjoying what the group are doing.

Driving duties can include:

    • drop-off and pick-up for groups or individuals (to/from Penrith Station)
    • half days out with course groups and Tutors
    • full days out with course groups and Tutors (lunch provided)
    • multiple days out with course groups and Tutors (lunch provided)

Even being available once in a while can help.

Having volunteer drivers helps us enormously as it often relieves a Tutor or a member of staff from having to drive.


    • Full Driving Licence:
      – for minibus: if obtained before 1997, your licence qualifies you to drive our minibus, otherwise you need a separate Minibus Licence
      – for car: a regular licence is all that is required
    • doctor’s clearance (if required, for instance if over 70)
    • 25-75 yrs old
    • proven safe driver (no major offences on your licence)
    • Driver Awareness Training may be offered

All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, might get a chance to experience part of a course, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team!


Volunteer Handypeople

Helping us keep Higham up to a high standard. There is always something to do (we describe Higham with its 1828 listed main house as a “Forth Road Bridge”), and we can give you something worthwhile to spend your spare time on which really helps us. We are a ‘Not for Profit’ Charitable Trust and aim to accommodate our lifelong learners comfortably and safely.
All volunteers are able to be fed & watered, and are treated as valuable members of the Higham Team as well!


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You can email the office, who will forward to the Principal from the Contact page