Current Job Vacancies

Please note: Due to a huge response we are no longer accepting applications for the elf positions. Many thanks for all your applications.

Fancy getting involved with the excitement and theatre of Christmas?


We are looking for enthusiastic and bubbly staff to act as Grotto Elves for our Santa’s Grotto which will be open from 30 November to 24 December 2019.


Monkton Elm Garden Centre is an award winning, family owned, independent garden centre based in Taunton. Each year we run our own Santa’s Grotto providing children with a ‘magical Christmas experience’.


As an Elf you will be responsible for creating memorable visits by preparing and helping children to meet Santa within our magical grotto. From the moment you step into your special Elf costume (which we will provide) your main tasks will be to share the excitement and magic of Christmas with all the visiting children and their families. Maybe share some traditional Christmas stories from the North Pole, or tell how Santa delivers his presents on Christmas Eve or ask children to think about their Christmas wish list as Santa may ask them!


Ideally, you will have a confident, happy, kind and jolly nature, along with snow-loads of enthusiasm.  You will also be able to engage with and build rapport with children, parents and grand-parents alike. 


Past experience of working with children or within stage shows, performing arts or similar would be preferred.


Main Duties/Tasks

  • Speak to customers (both children and adults) as they progress through the grotto

  • Take on the role of an elf – be merry and full of fun!

  • Good cleaning skills – you will be responsible for looking after the grotto

  • Managing expectations of children and parents


  • Happy, kind, open and friendly demeanour

  • Team player

  • Able to think on your feet

  • Health and Safety conscious



You must be available to work on the following dates when the Grotto will be open:

November 30th, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21-24 Inclusive


The Opening hours of the grotto are: 10.00am to 4.00pm on all days except Sunday’s when the Grotto will close at 3.30pm.


Salary will dependent on experience, and up to the rate of £8.50 per hour.


We are a family owned company who understand that it is the staff who make the business successful. If you would like to be part of our continued success, please email Andrew Pitman on ( or call him on 01823 412381.


Location: Monkton Elm Garden Centre

Salary/Benefits: Competitive Rate of Pay (up to £8.50 per hour)

Contract type: Temporary/Seasonal

Hours: Part Time

Shift pattern: Set dates when Grotto will be open

Hours per week: Up to 12 hours per week

Posted date: 11/10/2019

Closing date: 11/11/2019

The Elm Tree Restaurant - Part & Full Time 


We have job vacancies in our busy restaurant. Full time, part time and weekend staff required. Pick up an application form from the reception desk in the main garden centre or download the form below.

For specific details please email our Restaurant manager here: or telephone the garden centre on 01823 412381


If you would like to apply:

Please send your CV and covering letter to or via post.


Alternatively Pick up an application form from the reception desk in the main garden centre or download the form below.

Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton ​Heathfield,

Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8QN​.

​Tel: 01823 412381




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​Normal Opening Hours:

​Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm

Sunday   10.15am - 4.15pm

(Doors open at 10am on Sundays for browsing time)

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