Jobs & Volunteering




The OSS Event Team are expanding!


We are looking to recruit an experienced, multi-talented professional event manager to work with a small team in Somerset, overseeing all aspects of the delivery of our existing events, the Bantham Swoosh, the Dart 10k and the Hurly Burly, and developing a new mass participation event for 2019.

This is a long term role for someone with extensive ground-up experience managing mass participation sporting events and will involve everything – from designing and planning the event format, sourcing and contracting suppliers, recruiting and managing staff to loading vans, drying out event shelters and sweeping the water-in slipway. The right candidate is likely to have experience (and at least some level of enthusiasm) for all of these components!

Finding the right person to work with long term to grow the OSS offer is the most important criteria, but the following elements are required: 4 days per week commitment (with more around the event weekends themselves), with capacity to work in a Somerset based office regularly (proposed 2 days a week). There is the possibility of developing this into a 5 day a week role, in the event of the new event(s) supporting that job expansion. Location and salary negotiable for the right candidate.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Event Manager job description

APPLICATION FORM: Event Manager application form

Please send your completed application form along with a covering letter and CV to

CLOSING DATE: Applications sought by 9th December 2018 where possible, with a final application date of Midnight, 16th December. Please apply ASAP to enable your attendance at interview on the 17th if shortlisted.

INTERVIEW DATE: 17th December, in Chilcompton (BA3).

SALARY: £32-42,000 per annum, pro rata



Our events are run by a small army of volunteers. These individuals work as marshals and team leaders of critical areas such as: registration, baggage, hot chocolate, merchandise. We have a hard won reputation for running the friendliest, best organised swims in the land and over the course of the year around 200 individuals will help us maintain this. Please join us!

Our three events are the Swoosh (6th July), the Dart10k (14th/15th September) and the Hurly Burly (28th September). The OSS team at the event are a mixture of swimmers, supporters, charity volunteers and locals.

More information is available in event specific factsheets: Swoosh, Dart 10k, Hurly Burly.  Our volunteers are led by the volunteer manager. If you can volunteer for any or all of this years events, please get in touch with the volunteer manager on

The days can be long and hard, but also fun.Volunteer team members get a discount on a future swim entry; access to early-bird tickets in future years, and make this swim possible for others.


Vivienne Rickman Poole
Vivienne Rickman Poole
Graham Wynne
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