Grounds Assistant Wiston Lodge

The Yard, Edinburgh

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Organisation information

Wiston Lodge

Charity registered in Scotland SC037778

Good HQ

Aims & objectives

Wiston Lodge provides physical, mental and spiritual challenge in a safe and sheltered residential environment for all users, but especially young people who are vulnerable and at risk; enabling the development of respect for oneself, others and for the environment and encouraging lifestyles which are simple, nonviolent and free from destructive dependencies. At Wiston Lodge, we believe everyone should have experiences and support in order to develop social skills, a willingness to learn and a positive sense of themselves and of other people. We do this by using experiential learning, delivered through Outdoor Adventure Activities, Nature Connection or Creative Arts. This enables each person to develop the six core skills needed for a fulfilled life; these are teamwork, problem solving, communication, reliability, trainability and adaptability. Our facilitators are experienced in working with young people and adults at risk. Behaving with empathy and positive regard they act as role models. Safety, enjoyment and learning are our key priorities, and we have a practical and positive approach to the assessment and management of risk. Our Vision is a world where people have the opportunities and support they need to grow positive, sustainable futures. Our Purpose is to provide a unique rural setting where people can feel safe and be supported to develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential, free from the distractions of everyday life. Our mission is: A) to deliver tailored learning programmes to children and young people, vulnerable adults, and to the staff of the organisations that support them. B) to work with our surrounding community to support, sustain and build a brighter future for our local area. C) to offer our hospitality, recreational facilities and training to groups who support our charitable purpose.
Job number
Time of attendance
4 days from 7
No of references
Hours (per week)
9-5 weekdays initially. Moving to some evening and weekend work over time, once ready and with support
Salary (£/hr)
£6.15 - £8.21 per hour depending on age

Job description

Wiston Lodge, 'A Place to Grow', is a residential Development centre and Scottish charity: We are seeking a TRAINEE GROUNDS ASSISTANT to join the team. They will support the maintenance of the 52 Acre Estate and will help progress the work on a variety of projects. We are looking for a committed, motivated, hard working applicant who loves working outdoors in all weathers and who will grasp this opportunity to improve their skills, experience and knowledge. The Grounds Assistant will work under the supervision of the Grounds Development Coordinator.

Person specification


Excellent Timekeeper


Hard Working

Someone who takes pride in a job well done.

Willing to Learn

Able to work well in a team

Able to work on own initiative (in time)

Polie, approachable and welcoming towards all

Committed to the vision, purpose and mission of the charity

Additional information

Applicants do not necessarily require a lots of experience or skills. A commitment to the ethos of our charitable work is essential, as is a non judgemental attitude. Team work and motivation are essential.

PVG/disclosure requirements

Not Required