RSPB • Dearne Valley - Old Moor

Catering Assistant

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £10 - £11 per hour

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

Would you like to join our friendly team at Old Moor Café? Would you like to work for Europe’s largest conservation charity? Are you able to deliver fantastic customer service? Are you looking for a job with flexibility? Then this could be your ideal job.

About Old Moore

Old Moor is a family-friendly nature reserve in the heart of Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley. Blessed with a wide range of facilities and teeming with wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy, from idyllic walks or wildlife watching to pond dipping and our adventure playground. Our meadows are full of orchids, wildflowers, and butterflies in the summer. In winter, we are home to hundreds of ducks, swans and geese.

Our busy catering operation at Old Moor Reserve is looking for a catering assistant to join our friendly team. We are looking for an individual who can deliver the highest standards and customer care and assist with the day-to-day running of the café operation in line with set RSPB procedures and routines.

We are offering this role as a zero-hour contract. You will need to be available to work during the day, on weekends, and Bank holidays.


  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Shop Discounts
  • Friendly work environment
  • An annual volunteer day to spend with whichever charity you choose
  • 34 days’ annual leave (including 8 bank holidays (pro-rata))
  • Flexible working hours

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Enthusiastic approach to work,
  • High understanding of the principals of food hygiene;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work on own initiative;
  • Ability to manage and respond to customer needs and feedback;
  • Working in target driven/pressured environment;
  • Working on the till, card machine, cashing up;
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of working at a café/bar/pub;
  • Knowledge of food and food service skills;
  • Computer skills.

This is a Permanent Part-Time role.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 1/5/23. For further information, please contact lucy.wildsmith@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application, you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete a short form. If you wish to provide a cover letter with your application, please include this at the end of your CV document upload.

This role may be ideal for students or those needing flexible hours. Ideal transferable skills - Retail, Customer Service, Catering, Hospitality, Nature, Sustainability, Climate Change, Students, Flexible working.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people on nature's side and more diverse people. People of colour and disabled people are underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sectors. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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