Are you interested in participating in the work of Newbold Trust? Do you have an interest in living in community.


Newbold provides an opportunity to contribute to the work of the social enterprise whilst living and working in an intentional community. Newbold Trust offers an opportunity to live and work with like-minded people and partake in daily routines and practises.

All positions offered are residential posts where you have the chance to experience what it’s like to live a more sustainable lifestyle practising social sustainability and live in a more holistic manner. Sharing skills, knowledge and supporting one another.



Maintenance Manager

Newbold Trust is a social enterprise from where we offer a nurturing space for workshop leaders, organisations and individuals who are contributing to make a positive impact in the world. Newbold House is run by a community of staff and volunteers committed to facilitate positive change. Our work is committed to: Open spirituality, Good governance through collaborative decision making, Connection to nature, Education to facilitate positive change, Social justice, Personal Development, Sustainability and Regeneration.

People come to us because they want more than a venue for their workshops and events, they want to feel at home, relaxed and nurtured. They want a place where change can happen naturally within themselves and their organisations.

We also run regular in house programmes and events at Newbold House on connecting to nature, regenerative systems and education for positive change.

We are currently looking to recruit a new Maintenance Manager who is in charge of the maintenance department at Newbold House. You should have a range of practical skills e.g. decorating, repairing, carpentry, building, basic plumbing and electrics etc. We do not expect to find someone with skills in all these areas – but we are looking for someone generally handy and good with tools, health & safety etc

You allocate the work and supervises Volunteers who work in his or her department. You maintain the proper safety regulations and training for the people who work in the department. He/she makes sure that the co-workers work within the Purpose Statement of Newbold Trust.

So perhaps this is you!

Team responsibilities

  • Attending the team meetings and Newbold meetings in an enthusiastic and positive critical way, thinking in a solution rather than problem orientated manner.
  • Preparing the departmental information for the team meetings in a clear and efficient way so that all team members have transparency and clarity, using the proper documents available.
  • Taking responsibility to communicate clearly with other departments to improve Newbold House and keeping the other departments up to date about the progress of maintenance projects.
  • Making work plans in order to give clear information about the progress and results of a project and the amount of time that a project will take.
  • Following work plans in an efficient and timely manner, and within budget.
  • Giving a transparent view to the team and especially to the financial department about the use of the budget of your department.
  • Taking up leadership in making departmental proposals that are realistic and workable that will take the Newbold House project forward.

Departmental responsibilities

  • Organising the department in an effective, efficient and safe way:
  • Organising the maintenance room and its tools so it is a safe work environment and tools are in an optimal condition.
  • Organising the work and prioritising the work using the available documents.
  • Ensuring safety skills and regulations are met for ones self and any co-workers and setting a good example while working together.
  • Organising and managing the departmental budget in a transparent and responsible way using the proper documents.
  • Coaching and motivating the Volunteers that are working in the department.
  • Evaluating and giving constructive feedback to Volunteers in the department.
  • When outside expert skills are needed; researching , contacting and allocating the external expert and communicating this with the team.
  • Looking after our B listed building and its artistic and cultural heritage.


  • Showing leadership skills by taking responsibility of the department and coaching the Volunteers that work in the department.
  • Having a range of good technical skills around decorating, repairing, carpentry/building, plumbing, electricity… in order to keep the house functional and in order not to be dependant on external sources for general maintenance.
  • Organisational skills in order to keep the department organised and safe (meetings, H&S, maintenance room, tools,…)  as well as keeping the finances of the department transparent and controlled.
  • Knowing what expert skills are needed for a project and actively communicating with the HR person so they can recruit the right Volunteers to get these skills in the house.
  • Researching, proposing and engaging the team with maintenance projects which will take forward the Newbold Mission and Vision.
  • Project management skills to keep projects on track.

Working shifts and content

  • The Maintenance Manager works 35 hours/week in order to have enough time to focalise the department and to work together with his or her co-workers.
  • 2 shifts are allocated for the focalisation of the department (meetings, agenda, budgeting, work plans, training, coaching,…), the other 8 shifts are working time.
  • The shifts are planned in function of the team that represents Newbold House. It is the responsibility of the Maintenance Manager to fill in the monthly rota and to have enough people on a daily base to go forward with the work.
  • This is a residential position at Newbold House 111, St. Leonards Road IV36 2RE Forres Scotland UK. Newbold Trust provides you a room, food, internet connection and electricity and gas bills.


Your salary will be  £6.300 per annum including food, accommodation and electrical, gas and internet bills.

Community Service Work and Overtime is not normally paid


Your annual leave entitlement is 6 weeks per year pro rata, and this includes all public (bank) holidays. A maximum of two weeks not taken in one year may be carried over to the following year (January or February).

All leave must be agreed in advance, with your manager: one week in advance for leave up to three days, and one month in advance for leave of three or more days. Please be aware that holiday requests of more than three days may not be granted during the peak season for your Department or Area.