STAFFING SPECIALITIES

baby nurse

Baby Nurse/Doula

Helps the new mother with all aspects of care for a baby, from feeding to washing clothes and keeping the nursery clean. She is not responsible for any household duties outside of the nursery.

These tend to be temporary jobs, with Baby Nurses usually working 12 or 24-hour shifts for a duration of 2 weeks to 6 months.

butler

Butler

The Butler is customarily responsible for a single residence, supervising household staff, setting up the household and ensuring all duties are fulfilled. Typical duties include ordering household supplies, setting and serving a formal table, caring for the silver, china and crystal, and overseeing dinner parties and other events held in the home.

A Butler should have good knowledge of wines, and may be required to use a computer.

houseman

Houseman

A Houseman is usually responsible for the heavy housework, such as cleaning the hardwood and marble floors, vacuuming and polishing silver and brass, and the general repairs.

He may be required to care for the front entry area of the house and the walkways. In a home where there is only a Houseman, he typically does what a Housekeeper would.

driver

Chauffeur/Driver

A Chauffeur will typically be responsible for driving family members and guests to social and professional appointments. He or she is also expected to care for the car, making sure it is always clean and operating properly.

A Chauffeur may also be required to work in the office of the employer, doing filing or faxing, and maybe even do errands. Often the hours vary, so flexibility is important.

Private chef

Chef / Cook

A Chef prepares detailed basic and gourmet menus and food for most or all family and social events. A Chef may also prepare meals for the staff. The household Chef is responsible for anything food or kitchen-related, including organization, clean up, shopping for all food-related supplies and menu planning.

Couple / Estate Couple / Domestic Couple
A full charge household team. Typically a married couple, usually one person is responsible for the inside of the home: cleaning, cooking, shopping, menu planning, laundry, serving and overseeing the daily activities of the house. The other person is responsible for the outside grounds, gardening, light maintenance, repair and maintenance of machinery and automobile care. In more formal situations, Couples may only oversee the inside of the house. Housing is usually provided.

caregiver

CAREGIVER/COMPANION

Caregivers help with every aspect of daily living, from driving to appointments and companionship, to housekeeping and personal assistance.They help you live safely and comfortably at home.

Caregivers may assist with meal preparation and clean-up, light housekeeping and home maintenance, shopping and errands, bathing and/or stand-by assistance with bathing, dressing, and calendaring/daily reminders.

estate manager

Estate / Household Manager

Primarily a chief administrator, the Estate or Household Manager assumes a leadership role for managing the staff and services for one or more homes.

This may include interviewing and supervising all contractors, attending to the proper care of automobiles, wine cellar, managing accounts, and other functions.

executive assistant

Executive Assistant

Executive assistants work for a company officer, either from home or office. They possess the authority to make crucial decisions, and act as a gatekeeper to the principal.
The Executive Assistant manages correspondence, calendaring and travel arrangements, in addition to preparing research and communication.

The Executive Assistant understands in varying degrees the requirements of the executive, with an ability to decide which scheduled events or meetings are most appropriate for allocation of the executive’s time.

landscaper

Gardener / Landscaper

A Gardener may possibly have a degree in horticulture, and cares for formal gardens, lawns, shrubs, flowers and other gardens. The Gardener also supervises any outside vendors who come on the grounds, and orders supplies and equipment for the estate.

A top of the line Gardener has knowledge of insecticides, chemical application, and often has greenhouse experience as well. Housing is often included. This job can also be combined with a caretaker position.

Maid

Housekeeper / Maid

A Housekeeper is in charge of cleaning, doing the laundry, ironing, dusting, silver polishing, vacuuming and running errands.

Housekeeper duties may also include some meal preparation and/or childcare duties. Housekeepers can live-in or out.

Laundry

Laundress

A Laundress washes, irons and steams clothing, table linens and sheets, as well as organizes the closets and dressers.

She may also be required to care for the polishing of shoes.

Nanny

NANNY

Nannies are in charge of organizing and coordinating the children’s activities, preparing their meals and keeping their rooms and play areas clean.

He or she may have several years of college or hold a degree, and ideally possess a CPR or a First Aid Certificate.

personal assistant

Personal Assistant/Family Assistant

A Personal Assistant is responsible for keeping up with the social and professional demands of an employer. Duties may include keeping track of the family agenda, arranging for reservations of various events, travel bookings, event planning, some secretarial responsibilities, shopping and running errands.

A Family Assistant is responsible for the same tasks as a Personal Assistant, with the addition of child-related duties.