That was the question I asked about 4 weeks ago and to be honest the response surprised even me! I only used facebook, but I guess the power of social media these days is quite scary, and does have its uses!
Firstly, can I say a massive THANK YOU, to the people who tagged mates and shared and then another massive THANKS to those that took the time to get in touch and say that they had an interest in the role.
The managers position for this season has now been filled, however, it has been filled by only one person. An "Orange" who has worked with us for many years has stepped forward and is going to do the whole season.
|"oranges" having fun giving out an award for daft climbing antics!|
So, as he is alone we do need more normal "oranges" to help him out.
I will be putting people in touch with him to decide who to take and not etc, however, we took on everyone that asked last year and we had some great people helping us out.
Below is a little detail about the role of an " orange" and some golden rules.....
Work is mainly cleaning rooms and communal areas, bathrooms, toilets and much more.
Gardening depending on what the state of the land is at the time of your visit.
Answering guests questions about the area, climbing, shopping you name it they ask it!
Empty the bins and recycle. Keep an eye on the place.
The time asked for is around 3 hrs each day 7 days a week! You can do all the work in a few days or do it each day. If you are clever and arrange your time properly you can then have plenty of time to go climbing or to rest!
A few years ago we made the mistake of having too many "oranges" all at the same time and it didnt work as they formed a "pack". This meant they didnt socialise with the guests and they all wanted to climb at the same time!
They also treated the place too much like "home" and I found we needed an "orange" to clean up after the "oranges". As you can imagine that was a pain in the arse and I asked them all to leave at the same time and said no more would be working here!
I have mellowed a tad since then and the last few seasons with a select few it has worked well. This winter season will be the same and we hope that people that come realise how important they are to the whole feel and vibe.
Min time period is 2 weeks, this allows us to plan around the roles needed and for you to get a feel for the place.
|Boys playing with trees! Maybe they need to eat more! lol!!!|
Maximum stay is as long as you want really, as long as the manager agrees!
Accommodation can be an issue depending on how busy the house is. We have a dedicated basic bunkroom, but that can sleep upto 5/6 people. If you would like to be private then bring a tent. If the house is quite you can take a room aslong as cleaned afterwards.
Catering, you have the use of the outdoor camping kitchen, now this is where things can not get messy, as you MUST clean up as you go! We do find that lots of people leave food behind, so if you are on a tight budget then you can manage by spending very little money.
Climbing, the manager has the use of a staff car so you might be lucky and get a lift to the crags, another option is to make friends with the guests and get lifts with them (please offer to help with fuel even if they say no).
Any further quesions or if you want to apply for the role of Manager in the future I suggest to try to spend some time with us this season and see what the job is all about.