See descriptions of each domestic staffing position below.
A nanny or governess is a trained professional childcare specialist with a substantial amount of childcare experience and will often hold a degree related to childhood education, such as Early Childhood Development.
Maternity nurses, also known as newborn care specialists and baby nurses, specialise in infant and newborn care. They typically work either 24-hour or 12-hour shifts. They can assist with the full spectrum of newborn care and may be certified in areas including but not limited to: breastfeeding, exploring alternate feeding methods, sleep training, bonding, lactation, psychological development, and more.
MATERNITY NURSES AND NEWBORN CARE SPECIALISTS
A personal assistant role can vary from managing the family calendar, being in charge of personal shopping, planning events, paying bills and arranging travel to handling investments and philanthropic accounts, and even working in the office of the family business. A qualified assistant will have a “can do” attitude and be able to take initiative at all times.
Housekeepers vary greatly in experience and may carry out any or all of the following duties: laundry, pressing, ironing, cooking, clothing care, wardrobe care and maintenance, organizing and couture clothing care. A high-quality housekeeper will understand formal service, which includes serving, formal table setting, flower arranging as well as all deep cleaning and laundry responsibilities.
Professional butler duties often vary and may include but are not limited to managerial responsibilities, keeping accounts, marketing, and maintaining the wardrobe for the principles of the residence. A butler will be well versed in etiquette, serving, and have thorough understanding of formal home care. He will possess a strong understanding of wines, wine and food pairing and and will understand and often train other staff in formal service, including formal table setting, serving and more.
A private chef will hold a culinary degree from a reputable culinary school and will typically have a minimum of four years experience in a domestic setting. They are able to cater to large parties and are responsible for lunch and dinner, five to six days a week. They often specialize in specific cuisines and dietary needs.
A lady’s maid is a female valet who attends to the needs of the lady of the house. Her duties range from helping with dressing, make up and hair care to maintaining fine clothing, shoes, while keeping her room and study in perfect order.
A house manager is typically responsible for all the staff in one single property. They will organise staff schedules, which often include the housekeepers (executive housekeepers and regular housekeepers or laundresses) and nannies. The house manager deals with vendors, preempts maintenance issues, and ensures the smooth running of the household.
An estate manager of several properties and large estates may be asked to oversee such areas such as as the vineyard, stables, oversee the house managers, housekeepers, their budgets and the accountants, and the staff that support these operations. There are usually at least one "super yacht" or private jet to maintain and several smaller vacation homes to manage. A qualified estate manager will have an excellent rapport with both the staff in the homes and the principles of the properties. Stellar team management and a respectful management approach is key for success in an estate manager's career.
A chauffeur or personal driver will have several years of full time experience as a chauffeur. Discretion and a thorough knowledge of chauffeur and personal driver etiquette are key requirements. Hours can be ad-hoc and can involve late hours, depending on the family's schedule. Some Chauffeurs have a background in security.
A domestic couple is either hired to look after a seasonal property or a city based property. Their responsibilities include (but may not be limited to): maintenance, cooking, serving and driving. They are either given a separate cottage or provided a separated living area for the full year. Together a domestic couple can run one large home successfully and can often save the employer from needing to hire multiple staff.
British American Household Staffing specializes in providing experienced and professional yacht staff for yachts of all sizes. We have an extensive roster of stewards and stewardesses, deckhands, engineers, mates, chefs, and captains, and work with yachts of all sizes.