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Chef Apprenticeship

2 Year Apprenticeship Contracts 
Apprentice pay rate for all vacancies is £3.90 during the first year
30 days annual leave per year (including bank holidays) plus an additional day off on your birthday! 

Positions will start on Monday 23rd September 2019  

Roles are based on working 40 hours per week 

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people to take up Chef Apprenticeship positions starting in September.  All apprentices will complete a national recognised Level 2 qualification during their apprenticeship and where apprentices excel there is also an opportunity to progress to a Level 3 qualification, where appropriate. 

The job description below will give you further information on the Chef Apprenticeship offered. In order to be successful you will need to be motivated and committed to completing the 2 years. We don’t need you to have lots of previous qualifications or experience, we are looking for the right attitude and a willingness to learn and get stuck in! Our apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over. There is no upper age limit. 

If you do not have your own transport available you should consider how you will travel to work, as Eden is in a rural location and public transport is not always available. A travel bursary is available for those who live further than 3 miles away from Eden. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the apprenticeship on offer at Eden please contact Lorraine Tonkin, HR Business Partner, on 01726 818739.

The closing date for all apprenticeship positions is Friday 23 August 2019  

In order to apply for these positions please complete the application form below and return to 

Chef de Partie

Fixed term contracts with potential for extension beyond summer. Immediate start dates
£9.33 per hour 

We are looking for chefs to join our experienced and passionate team.

If you have a passion for food, a commitment to the development of staff and have experience in a role of a similar level then this is the job for you!

You will be experienced at this level, creativity is a must; as is the ability to work individually, be organised and lead by example. Duties will include preparation, cooking and presentation of all dishes as well as overseeing, coaching and training junior staff to deliver at the same level.

Hours worked will vary but shifts will predominantly be during the day, with additional hours required for our events held on site and Eden Sessions concerts.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and Diversity Form to recruitment@edenproject.comCVs will be regularly reviewed and you will be contacted within one week of applying 


Commis Chef

Fixed term contracts with potential for extension beyond September
£5.85 per hour for ages 16-17, £6.54 per hour for ages 18-20, £8.31 per hour for ages 21+ 

We are looking for chefs to join our experienced and passionate team.

Our ideal candidates will have a passion for food, enthusiasm to learn and the ability to work in a demanding, fast paced environment. Duties will include preparation, cooking and presentation of all dishes in numerous venues around site.

Being able to work in a busy environment in an organised and efficient way is key to success in this role. 

Hours worked will vary but shifts will predominantly be during the day, with additional hours required for our events held on site and Eden Sessions concerts.

If you would like to be considered for this position please send your CV to recruitment@edenproject.comCVs will be regularly reviewed and you will be contacted within one week of applying 


Deputy Head of Horticulture 

Full time, permanent position 
£38,000 per annum

The Eden Project is looking for a Deputy Head of Horticulture and Gardens. This is a great opportunity for a skilled and ambitious horticulturist to drive the next phase in the development of our contemporary gardens and landscapes. We will be creating several prestigious new gardens and exhibits over the next five years including a new food and agriculture garden, Korean Garden with a regeneration theme, a new Pollination themed exhibit, and internal and external South African Gardens focusing on Biodiversity. 

We are looking for an inspiring and accomplished Manager who can lead on projects and our horticultural programmes, creating gardens that delight and inspire. Ideally you will have a commitment to great design and display, a love of plants and the environment, and enjoy growing student and apprentice horticulturists. You will be joining our brilliant horticultural team, a team who see gardens as a tool for changing the world. 

The closing date for this position is Sunday 1 September. Please send your completed application form to


Events Assistant

Ages 16-17 £5.75, 18-20 £6.44, 21+ £8.21

Fixed Term until 31/12/2019, 10-30 hours per week

Our Events team are looking for hard working, confident people to join its events delivery team. A strong eye for detail is essential with an infectious enthusiasm for the role, a hands on approach will be needed at all times.

On a day-to-day basis you will be in close contact with customers and staff so an excellent customer service attitude and the ability to build working relationships with fellow team members is essential. The main responsibilities of the role include setting up the venues, setting tables, waiting tables, serving drinks and handling cash, all to be done in a friendly and professional manner.

Each event will be different, so you could be hosting a drinks reception in the Biomes one week and covering every aspect of a formal dinner the next. 

Hours include weekends and late nights.

Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 27 August 2019. Please send your completed applications to


Hospitality Assistant 

Fixed term role, 03/09/19 to 03/11/19

Up to 30 hrs per week, including some evening work

The main purpose of the role is to engage with our visitors, to talk to them about the food we serve and ensure that they leave our hospitality venues delighted with the food and level of service they have received. 

We have some opportunities available in our Med Terrace restaurant and we are looking for people with a genuine passion for hospitality, great people skills; who understand the need for excellent customer service as well as being able to work within a team.

You will engage with our visitor’s whist making them drinks, serving them food, or cleaning their tables, demonstrating your product knowledge by advising and making suggestions.

Previous experience working in a customer facing environment or working in a restaurant environment providing table service would advantageous. It is essential that you are flexible Monday to Sunday and able to work any days required on a weekly rota basis this will also include some evenings over the season.

To apply for this position, please send your completed application form to


Payroll Specialist 

Part time, permanent position (20 hours per week) 

£22,000pa pro-rata (actual salary £11,000) 

We are seeking an experienced Payroll Specialist for this part time role within our HR team. 

Our ideal candidate will have experience in working across multiple payrolls and will be organised in their work with an eye for detail. 

We run two payrolls at Eden, for salaried employees and hourly paid employees. Although our payroll is processed externally by Moorepay, internally we liaise with team members and managers to ensure that all employees (up to 650 people) are paid correctly the first time. This will include a strong knowledge of Maternity/Paternity, Pensions, Employee Benefits and Sick Pay payments. Experience of using a time and attendance system (Kronos at Eden) is essential. An understanding of annualised contracts would also be beneficial. 

For an informal discussion about this position please contact Lorraine Tonkin, HR Business Partner, on 01726 818739. 

The closing date for this position is Monday 19 August. Please send your completed application form to


Programme Coordinator 


Full time, fixed term contract until December 2021

Eden Project Communities has UK wide reach and delivers initiatives that encourage public engagement and participation in positive action and create real social capital on a mass scale.  Since it began in 2009, participation in The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, has grown continually with the number of people taking part standing at around 6 million every year.  

Alongside this we deliver initiatives that encourage connections, engage the public and help people across the UK build the skills and confidence to drive positive social action where it is needed most. Over the next 2 years we are growing participation in the programme to new heights and aim to increase the social impact we have on communities and neighbourhoods all over the UK.

We are looking for a new team member, who loves working with people and communities, to join our team. You’ll provide logistics and general administrative support for the Eden Project Communities programme and team to help ensure the smooth delivery of the programme. Reporting to the Community Events Manager you’ll support event coordination and delivery and will be liaising with the people who join our events from across the UK, including arranging their travel and accommodation. As part of this role you’ll also coordinate programme meetings for the team, raise purchase orders and maintain financial records within the programme.

Our ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a project coordination or an administrative role.  Experience of organizing events and an understanding of the needs of the public attending events is essential as are strong organisational and IT skills.

Working for the Eden Project (Charity number 1093070), roles within the programme are funded by the National Lottery through the National Lottery Community Fund. This is a fixed term contract until end December 2021 and is subject to funding. The post holder will be based at the Eden Project, and will be required to travel across the UK regularly for key events and meetings.

To apply for this position, please send your completed application form to The closing date for applications is 19 August 2019. We aim to hold interviews in Cornwall 22-23 August or early the following week.


Researcher Writer 

Maternity Cover until 02/10/2020
16 hours per week

£22,440 pro rata (£8,976pa)

Eden’s interpretation team are looking for a part time Researcher Writer to support content development across a wide range of scientific subject areas. 

The post-holder should be highly self-motivated individual with specific knowledge in a scientific field and the ability to research content through desk research, building relationships with experts and accessing social media. 

For this role you will need to be focused, enthusiastic, proactive and have the ability to draw on multiple forms of information and distill this into compelling narrative for a wide audience. 

The role will require the individual to work across a number of different teams within Eden.

The closing date for this role is Thursday 22 August. Please send in your completed Eden Application Form to


Site Hygienist

40 hours per week, permanent contract

£8.21 per hour for ages 21+, £6.44 for ages 18-20

We are looking for people to deal with a variety of different tasks across the whole site both in public areas and behind the scenes. 

This will include cleaning of toilets, offices, and associated areas across all of the Eden Project with use of professional cleaning equipment. In addition, you will be required at times to assist at the recycling plant based at Eden and thus an understanding of recycling streams would be useful.

You will need to be enthusiastic and prove to have a good level of flexibility. Knowledge of Health and Safety would also be an advantage however all training for the role would be given as required. A full driving licence is essential for this role.

If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please send your completed application form to The closing date for this position is Friday 23 August.