- Needs to be at least 18 years old
- Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
- Communicates well in written and spoken English
- Holds a driver’s licence for cars (manual) and has driving experience
Skills & Qualifications
- Ability to work within an international team of volunteers
- Experience with general maintenance and building work
- Ability to lead and motivate a team of volunteers
- Ability to work independently and organise work efficiently
- Has previously been a member of the staff team at KISC
- Formal qualification/experience relating to maintenance work (carpentry, plumbing, electricity, grounds work etc.)
- Has a chainsaw license
- Ability to communicate in German or willingness to actively learn it
- Follow the maintenance plan for all KISC buildings
- Working on specific projects for the centre
- Regularly check and maintain all machinery and systems such as freezers, cooling, ventilation and heating
- Maintenance and minor repairs of household machinery
- Maintain relevant stock levels of all materials necessary for daily maintenance, within budget levels
- Arrange the outsourcing of repairs to external companies when required, according to financial guidelines
- Maintain safety, cleanliness and order in the workshops (including managing tools and equipment)
- Maintain and clean the Centre’s vehicles
- Carry out regular groundskeeping tasks as well as checks and repair work to our grounds
- Train staff (including the safe use of equipment and machinery, bicycle repair)
- Maintain good relations with external suppliers
- Deputise the Maintenance Manager or Grounds Manager in their absence
- Ensure a high standard of guest service at all times
- Deal with any guest enquiries relating to the Centre
- Run and develop staff training
- Assist in other areas of the Centre where necessary
- Involved in the execution of the Centre’s Operational Plan
- Work and communicate effectively with all staff and guests
- Flexibility in working hours according to the needs of the Centre
This position is part of the Internal Services Team at the Centre. This role is supervised by the Maintenance Manager and the Grounds Manager; these three positions work closely together and make up the Internal Services team.
The line manager for this position is the Internal Services Director. The Maintenance Assistant has weekly meetings with the line manager and Maintenance Manager to cover operational matters, and also has regular one-on-one appraisals.
The Maintenance Assistant will have regular contact with other members of the Long Term Staff team and it is essential to build a good working relationship and honest communication with them.
The Maintenance Assistant may be responsible for staff working part time in maintenance or on specific projects.
- Accident Insurance (provided by the Centre): Everyone is insured for accidents, both work and non-work related over the duration of the contract.
- Private Liability Insurance (provided by the Centre): This insurance covers any damage caused by any staff on an object or person.
- Sickness Insurance (provided by the Centre): All LTS will get private sickness insurance if necessary. The deductible (amount each LTS has to cover per calendar year themselves) is, if nothing else mentioned, CHF 300.-. This insurance covers any treatment due to sickness.
- Social Insurance according to the Swiss Law (provided by the Centre): Every LTS must have Social Insurance according to the Swiss regulations. This includes invalidity insurance, maternity leave and old-age and survivors' insurance (OASI). More information will be given during training.
- A room in one of the shared flats in Kandersteg
- All meals at the Centre, both while at work and on days off
- 2 days off per week and 20 days of holidays
- Pocket money starting from 450 CHF per month
- A Swiss Pass (discount card for transportation in Switzerland)
- Management and leadership training
- Administration of work permits
- Citizens of EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa, and the Centre secures the necessary work permit.
- For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have not been Staff at KISC before, we can apply for a 4 month visa, for 4 month contracts. The applicant needs to be under 35 years old for the whole duration of the contract.
- For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have been Short Term or Long Term Staff at KISC before, there is usually a very low probability of getting another visa. If the non EU/EFTA applicant is suitable for the role and fulfils specific requirements set by the Swiss authorities, there is a possibility to get a visa for a longer contract.
- The employment is dependent on securing the necessary special permission from the Swiss authorities.