Hurricane Relief - What to expect and how to apply


Thursday 5th October. Update. 

Thank you to everyone who has applied. We are now also keen to speak to Quantity Surveyors (Jnr-Snr), Project Engineers (Jnr-Snr), MEP Foremen, MEP Managers. Check our vacancy page. 


At Thatcher Associates, we've recruited in the Caribbean for over ten years, placing a variety of construction and resort professionals.

Although hurricanes are a fairly regular annual occurance in the Northern and Eastern Caribbean, the devastation that we've seen in September with Hurricane Irma - followed closely by Maria, has hit many communites hard, tragically causing a provisional £3.4 Billion of damage in the region (including Florida). 

We are curretly shortlisting for Superintendents / Site Managers / Project Managers who are able to mobilise at short notice, in order to manage, coordinate, and oversee immediate relief work, and - in the medium term -  refurbishment projects. 

These type of appointments are out of the ordinary, and as a starting point - we thought it was prudent to note some salient points for anyone looking at applying: 

- Expect a basic level of accommdation, with intermittent water and electricity.
- Expect a late call on precise location / project.
- Expect long hours, early starts, and a minumum of 6 day working.
- Single status only. Locations are unsuitable for families. 
- Previous Caribbean expeirence (or as a mimumim - experience of working in remote locations) is essential. 
- A flexible approach to job role is essential. You will need to respond positively to changing priorities. 
- Expect a minimal level of design information.
- Your "hands-on" approach may need to reach new levels. 
- Ex-military or a background in relief projects advantageous.
- Be prepared to be flexible around leave cycles.
- Expect a six-month emergency visa. 
- Formal training leading to a trade qualification, or an academic qualification (or a current professional membership,such as MCIOB), is highly advantageous. 
- Expect a stressful working environment and shortages; "doing more with less". 

Check our vacancy pages for specific requirements, however. If your backgroud is in building, civil engineering, or fit out, and you are happy with the criteria above, then please make contact through our website and apply with a CV and covering note. 

Salaries are competitive with the market and the region.

Many thanks to Nick Paddison for allowing us to use his images