Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Cleaner

Location: Buckfast, Devon

Hours of Work: This position will be 16 hours per week, mornings to start at 0700, weekend rota

Contract type: Permanent part time

Wage: £10.04 per hour (aged 21 and over) / £8.94 per hour (aged 18 to 20 yrs)

Reporting to: Cleaning and Laundry Supervisor

To apply: please submit a CV to


Buckfast Abbey is home to a Benedictine Community of monks with the Abbey Church and facilities. It has a manufacturing plant, multiple retail outlets, restaurant, a conference centre, education department and a broad range of guest accommodation.

The original Abbey was founded on its current site around 1018 and grew into a large flourishing monastic complex with some substantial Guest Halls. 


You will be responsible for cleaning areas across the site, as directed. These will range from canteens to offices and to public toilets.

The job will require some lone working as well as working with other members of the team

The job will require some weekend work on a rota system, one in three.

Person specification - Essential qualities

  • Physical stamina are valued greatly in this job as some lifting will be required.
  • Punctual, thorough, efficient, and well organised.
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • To be versatile enough to work in several different capacities around the site.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities, under direction from the Supervisor, or other designated manger.
  • A positive attitude is a must and an ability to use initiative.
  • Good communication skills to respond promptly and positively to requests.
  • The position will require you to work independently (as well as within a team) so self-motivation is very important.
  • An empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site.

Person Specification – Desirable qualities

  • Previous experience of cleaning 
  • Previous experience using cleaning equipment 
  • Knowledge of related health and safety.
  • Knowledge of COSHH requirements
  • A driving license is desirable but not essential
  • A willingness to learn 

This Job Description is subject to change and the list of duties is not exhaustive, however if it is necessary to make changes these will be shared in advance, and they will be discussed prior to changes taking place. 

Our Values, Ethos and Culture 

Confidentiality: As an employee, you must maintain confidentiality of information about other employees as well as the intellectual property of Buckfast Abbey and be aware of the Data Protection Act 2018. 


Standards of Professional Conduct: We expect all employees to maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times, acting as a positive ambassador for the Abbey. The Employee Handbook sets out these expectations. Copies are available for every new employee.


Health & Safety: All employees should be aware of the responsibility placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment. Further information relating to this is detailed on the Health and Safety signage around the site. Our efforts to promote and operate within an effective safety culture can only succeed with the full co-operation of all its employees.  


Equality & Diversity: All employees are required to treat all co-workers and visitors to our site equally, respectfully and with dignity, regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and personal partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All employees must abide by these principles and comply with our policies and strategies that underpin this ethos. 


Safeguarding: Employees should be aware of their responsibility to report any unacceptable behaviour / safeguarding issues in a confidential and timely manner to the Independent Safeguarding Co-ordinator. 


Training and Professional Development: To attend all training courses as required and proactively engage in our personal development processes.


Communication: To attend staff and team meetings; this includes 1-2-1 meetings with line management. To keep appropriate, clear, accurate and timely records as required of the role and in line with our policies and legislation. 


Team working: To liaise with, co-operate with and support all employees in a positive way that fosters good working relationships and collaboratively meets our objectives.


Flexibility: Employees may be asked to undertake other duties, as appropriate, which are considered reasonable and equal to the post as described above. 


Culture: Buckfast Abbey is a place of community, where everyone will show respect and dignity towards each other, towards all members of the Monastic Community and guests, be approachable and friendly and have empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site. 

To apply: please submit a CV to


Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey