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Operations Officer at Historic Houses

London | Deadline 20 November 2022

The Operations Officer is at the heart of the Historic Houses team and acts as the first point of contact at our London office. The role provides membership administrative and operational support to our full member categories through the management of member data, access to our advice services, as well as organising and running educational and social events. The post also plays an important role in the coordination of Historic Houses annual awards programme.

Essential skills and experience: 

  • Good interpersonal skills, with experience of managing external relationships and dealing with internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Able to demonstrate strong organisational, prioritisation and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including a demonstrable ability to write clear, concise and accurate documents to suit a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Ability to work as an integral member of a small and dedicated team, and to help out across the team as required.
  • Motivated and passionate – open to change to improve standards and prepared when necessary to work longer hours if required.
  • Strong all-round IT and digital skills including working with website CMS and CRM databases.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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We’re looking to recruit volunteers to help organise our special full-day tours and accompany visitors on the day.

If you would enjoy meeting new people, being the point of contact between Historic Houses and our customers on the day of the tour, and visiting our houses for free, please get in touch with our Tours & Access Officer, Pat Jacobs, for more information – email pat.jacobs@historichouses.org, tel 01284 827087.

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Gardener at Easton Walled Gardens

Grantham | Deadline January 2023

Working under the Head Gardener, you would be expected to have a reasonable level of horticultural experience, including propagation and pruning, as well as experience in the heavier areas of working in a large garden, including hedge trimming and strimming. The Gardens include meadows, orchards, a cut flower garden, glasshouses, vegetables, pots and containers, lawns and walled areas.

 

Read more about the role and how to apply here.

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Facilities Manager at Burton Constable

Yorkshire | Deadline 28 November 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Facilities Manager to join the team at Burton Constable.

Burton Constable Hall – an Elizabethan mansion house with collections, Georgian stables and Capability Brown parkland was saved for the nation in 1992 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. It has over seven-hundred years of fascinating history and, more importantly, an exciting and inspiring vision for its long-term future.

As Facilities Manager, you will ensure that buildings and facilities at Burton Constable are well looked after, well maintained and compliant.

You will be responsible for reactive and preventative maintenance of all buildings and facilities. No two days are the same at Burton Constable, so your approach to office based and hands on tasks will need to be flexible and adaptable. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and driven and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here. 

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Property Manager at The Bishop's Palace

Somerset | Deadline 20 November 2022

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is an incredible medieval building in the heart of England’s smallest city.  The building and gardens are poised to become a destination visit in the South West and we need a brilliant team to deliver the essential maintenance and interpret our building conservation work to a growing supporter base.

We’re now looking for someone who will know immediately from reading this short description that a deep understanding and knowledge of working with historic buildings within designated landscapes is key to the new role of Property Manager for this special place.

As our new Property Manager you’ll have a deep understanding and knowledge of working with historic buildings within designated landscapes.

We have an ambitious programme of repair and maintenance and to lead on this, you will need at least 5 years of practical experience in conservation and maintenance of the historic built environment. So you will know how to draw up a maintenance schedule, supervise a contractor and when to call in the technical experts…and how to supervise them when they arrive. A key part of this work is to share it with our current and new audiences by running workshops, setting up talks and tours and even better, seeking some funding to do all this. You will also form part of the duty manager rota to be on hand for some occasional out-of-hours callouts.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Marketing & Visitor Services Manager at Scampston Hall

Yorkshire | Deadline 20 November 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to shape both the marketing function and visitor services operations at Scampston, and work in the stunning surroundings of Scampston Hall & Gardens.

Reporting to the owner, you will be full of bright and brilliant ideas, and you’ll be expected to deliver exciting marketing and communications to help develop our businesses into the future. The role will also include ensuring that Scampston delivers a consistent brand message and personality across all its enterprises.

Day to day, you’ll manage the visitor services operations and develop our annual marketing plan to help achieve our ambitious visitor and sales targets, helping us to reach out to new audiences and markets. You will also manage a marketing budget and, with the support of the owner, decide where resource is best spent. The post will be self-supporting in a small organisation.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Trustee at The Kelmarsh Trust

Northamptonshire | Deadline 30 November 2022

We are looking to appoint a number of new Trustees to join our Board.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Trust managing one of Northamptonshire’s finest country estates which is a major heritage site, visitor attraction, events venue and education centre as well as being a working estate with several farms and a number of let properties.

We are looking for individuals with a passion for the traditional country house and estate, some experience of working at Board or senior management level and who have an interest, expertise or background in at least one of the following disciplines – estate management; garden design and landscape management; heritage architecture and surveying; interior design; rural planning; education/community work; event management.

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Food & Beverage Supervisor at Raby Castle

Co Durham | 28 October 2022

Raby Estates are seeking an enthusiastic Food and Beverage Supervisor, a key member of staff supporting food and beverage preparation, sales, and display, ensuring the highest level of customer service is maintained and all statutory food safety standards are met.

We are therefore seeking a customer-focused, passionate team member. The successful candidate will be able to consistently deliver excellent customer service with an informed, friendly, and effective approach to hospitality. Ideally, the successful candidate will have worked in a quality food and beverage operation and preferably at a supervisory level or above. You must be able to demonstrate exceptional service and a commitment to the industry. We are looking for someone who has a desire to grow and develop themselves within our diverse growing business.

Raby Castle is a busy and changeable business operation, and you will need to be adaptable around the various elements of the business. The café is a busy environment where our visitors can enjoy consistent excellent service in a warm and relaxing environment, which you will help to create and maintain. Our daytime operation can be very busy and fast-paced, whilst our events and shoot business is very different, sometimes providing a more relaxed and intimate customer experience, within the grounds and castle.

This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week, 5 over 7 days and will include weekends and bank holidays. We’re looking for someone with experience in a quality food and beverage led operation preferably at a supervisory level or above (1 year min).

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Cafe Supervisor at The Bishop's Palace

Somerset | Deadline 31 October 2022

We are looking for a passionate Café Supervisor to assist the Café Manager in delivering excellent customer service whilst creating a positive team atmosphere. The Bishop’s Table is a thriving business, offering good job security and a bustling working environment.

The position is offered on a rota basis including weekends, Bank Holidays and very occasional evenings.  No split shifts and the site is closed over Christmas and New Year.

The Palace has been home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you couldn’t ask for a more inspirational place to work.

Read more here.

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Senior Marketing Officer at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Surrey | Deadline 31 October 2022

We are looking for a Senior Marketing Officer to join our Marketing Team here at Watts Gallery Trust. You will play a critical part in growing the audiences and online engagement of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. This is an exciting and varied role that will suit someone who excels in delivering innovative marketing campaigns that increase audience awareness and generate revenue.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Administration Officer at Chiddingstone Castle

Kent | Deadline 30 Oct

We are looking for a good organiser to run effective administration and projects to support the castle’s staff and departments such as estate management, collections, events, front-of-house, tea room, shop, marketing, housekeeping and volunteers.

Office based. Monday – Friday. 9am – 5pm.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Visitor Experience Manager at Inveraray Castle

Scotland | Deadline 16 Oct

Argyll Estates is looking to recruit a Visitor Experience Manager for Inveraray Castle.

You will have excellent people and communication skills. Friendly with a genuine desire to help and please others. You will have the ability to plan, think clearly and make decisions. You will act professionally and have a calm rational approach to hectic situations. A ‘can do’ mentality combined with energy and patience are as essential as management and financial skills.

Read more on how to apply here.

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Property Manager at The Bishop's Palce

Somerset | Deadline 31 Oct

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is an incredible medieval building in the heart of England’s smallest city.  The building and gardens are poised to become a destination visit in the South West and we need a brilliant team to deliver the essential maintenance and interpret our building conservation work to a growing supporter base.

We’re now looking for someone who will know immediately from reading this short description that a deep understanding and knowledge of working with historic buildings within designated landscapes is key to the new role of Property Manager for this special place.

Read the full job description here.

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Watts Gallery Trustee (Treasurer) and Chair of the Finance & Buildings Committee

Surrey | Deadline 24 Oct

Watts Gallery Trust is looking to recruit a trustee to act as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Buildings Committee and is keen to hear from dynamic and engaged people with a financial background and an interest in supporting our charitable mission of Art for All. Whether you are an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at Board level, we are keen to hear from you. Our new trustee will be committed to developing an organisation and audience that represents the diverse community that we serve. They will have an interest in art and be based in our community (defined as within a one-hour drive time of the gallery). Watts Gallery Trust is seeking a trustee with a background in strategic financial management. You will have significant current or previous experience as an Accountant / Finance Director / CFO / Chief Executive or similar role responsible for financial management or financial oversight in a commercial or charitable organisation, good understanding of charity accounting principles, and an interest in the arts and cultural heritage. As Chair of the Finance & Buildings Committee, you will provide support to the Head of Finance & Resources and the Brice Director & Chief Executive in managing the charity. You will also work with the Chair, Deputy Chair and other trustees and committee chairs in providing suitable oversight of the charity and its activities.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Watts Gallery Trustee (Education and Learning)

Surrey | Deadline 24 Oct 2022

Watts Gallery Trust is looking to recruit a trustee with a strategic focus on the role of Chair of Watts Gallery Trading Company to support all areas of commercial activity. Watts Gallery Trust is keen to hear from dynamic and engaged people with a retail management background and an interest in supporting our charitable mission of Art for All. Whether you are an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at Board level, we are keen to hear from you. Watts Gallery Trust is seeking a trustee with a background in retail management to also act as Chair of our trading company – Watts Gallery Trading Ltd.

You will have significant current or previous experience running a retail business, either in the arts and cultural heritage sectors, or more widely as a managing director or senior executive in the catering and / or the retail management sector. As Chair of the Trading Company Board, you will provide support to the Head of Trading and to the Brice Director & Chief Executive in managing the dynamic Trading Company, which oversees the shop, online shop, tea Shop, venue hire, and Watts Contemporary Gallery.

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Watts Gallery Trustee (Commercial Operations) and Chair of Watts Gallery Trading Company

Surrey | Deadline 24 Oct 2022

Watts Gallery Trust is looking to recruit a trustee with a strategic focus on the role of Chair of Watts Gallery Trading Company to support all areas of commercial activity. Watts Gallery Trust is keen to hear from dynamic and engaged people with a retail management background and an interest in supporting our charitable mission of Art for All. Whether you are an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at Board level, we are keen to hear from you. Watts Gallery Trust is seeking a trustee with a background in retail management to also act as Chair of our trading company – Watts Gallery Trading Ltd.

You will have significant current or previous experience running a retail business, either in the arts and cultural heritage sectors, or more widely as a managing director or senior executive in the catering and / or the retail management sector. As Chair of the Trading Company Board, you will provide support to the Head of Trading and to the Brice Director & Chief Executive in managing the dynamic Trading Company, which oversees the shop, online shop, tea Shop, venue hire, and Watts Contemporary Gallery.

To find out more and how to apply, read here.

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Full Time Gardener at Penshurst Place and Gardens

Kent | Deadline 2 Oct 2022

Penshurst Place is one of the oldest family owned estates in the country set in 2500 acres of rural Kent countryside. It is a top visitor attraction, wedding and events venue, and a working country estate. This historically important private house and garden is open to visiting public through much of the year. The 700 year old gardens include a seventeenth 11 acre walled garden laid out in ‘rooms’ surrounded by yew hedges, Elizabethan formal lawns and parterres, informal meadow style planting, historic parkland, and watercourses and ponds. The Gardener will work directly under the Head Gardener in the maintenance and management of the grade 1 listed gardens and grounds as part of the garden team.

As the gardens are not easily served by public transport, and tractor use is a part of the role, a full UK drivers Licence and own transport is required.

The job includes scheduled green house duties and weather recording in the morning and closing of greenhouses in the evening. This will include at least one bank holiday and possibly some days during the Christmas/new year break.

The Estate will endeavour to provide training and instruction which is suitable to the undertaking of the role.

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Live-in Couple at Braxted Park

Essex |

Braxted Park Estate is looking for a live-in couple to help care for a large country house and work within a busy event and wedding business, along with housekeeping and assorted family support duties.

 

Given the nature of the accommodation and the relative isolation of the site, the role is best suited to a couple.

 

He: Event Support, Driver, Handyman, Security.

She: Housekeeping, Cleaning, Childcare for the owner’s family.

Both: Night-time Live-In Security & First Response, Dogs.

 

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

 

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Housekeeper at Godinton House

Kent

Godinton House is a spectacular Jacobean mansion set in formal gardens and traditional parkland, west of Ashford in Kent. It is owned and managed by an independent charitable trust, established by the last private owner.

The Trust is now seeking to appoint a new Housekeeper to perform the following role:

– Full house-keeping duties including cleaning and conservation of the house and extensive collection. The Housekeeper will be responsible for ensuring the house and visitor spaces are kept clean and presentable along with other members of the house team. This role can be physically demanding and will require up to 6 hours of hands-on manual work per working day.

– Assisting in the operation of the tea room including the preparation of cakes and light lunches.

– Maintaining stock levels for the house and tearoom.

– Assist in the ticket office and other areas of visitor operations where required.

– Any other additional duties set by the House Manager.

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

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Facilities Manager at Great Dixter House and Gardens

East Sussex |

Great Dixter House and Gardens are recruiting a Temporary Facilities Manager, on an initial three month contract.

The Facilities Manager leads in the care and maintenance of our Grade 1 listed, fifteenth century and Lutyens designed house, our barns, education spaces, student accommodation and cottages and other buildings on site. Lead in managing building projects, in addition to ensuring the health and safety of all our visitors, staff, students and guests and ensuring a high level of cleaning services are provided. The Property Services team is central to ensuring that buildings and facilities are fit for purpose, meet business needs and the standards visitors and students expect and staff require to deliver the aims of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Read more about the role and how to apply here.

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Heritage Project Manager at Borde Hill Garden

West Sussex | Deadline 25 July 2022

We’re looking to appoint a Full Time Heritage Project Manager to manage and administer the Development Phase of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) funded ‘Reinventing Borde Hill’ project. A key aspect of the role will be ensuring a joined up and fully integrated approach between the capital and activity elements of the project.

The successful candidate will provide inspired leadership for this exciting project, reporting to the Project Board, to ensure that this phase of the project is fully delivered to time and budget. The successful candidate will have proven experience of leading on multi-faceted heritage projects, will act as the key point of contact for the NLHF ensuring adherence to all NLHF frameworks and requirements and ensuring that all documentation is managed accordingly.

The role will involve working closely with garden staff and volunteers (including leading on the recruitment of volunteers) as well as the externally appointed Design Team, QS, the Activity Planner, Business Planner and other consultants.

The successful candidate will maintain a close overview of the project plan, the programme, the risk register and the budget, as well as planning issues, acting as a point of contact, organising, attending and participating in project and stakeholder meetings; and compiling the information required for the NLHF Development Phase final report and Round 2 funding application.

Read the full job description here.

Commercial and Visitor Experience Manager (maternity cover, 1 year contract) at Fulham Palace Trust

London | Deadline 25 July 2022

Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. For centuries, this Grade I Listed building situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames was the country residence of the Bishops of London. The Palace is now managed by Fulham Palace Trust, which is inspired by a vision to restore our nationally significant historic buildings and grounds to their original beauty and to provide outstanding facilities for the local community and visitors from farther afield.  We have a shop, café, museum and an active learning and public events programme.

We are seeking a dynamic commercial and visitor experience manager to join our busy team to cover the maternity leave of the post-holder. You will be a customer focussed, energetic and proactive individual with experience of generating commercial income, excellent organisational skills, highly developed communication skills and demonstrable experience of working in a visitor facing environment within the heritage sector. The role will be available from late September 2022 to accommodate a handover period.

Interested candidates should read the below role profile for full details before completing the application and equal opportunities monitoring forms and return them to the Palace’s business support officer by post or email (admin@fulhampalace.org) by 9.00 on Monday 25 July 2022. Curriculum Vitaes will not be accepted without a completed application form. First interviews are scheduled to take place online on Monday 1 and Wednesday 3 August. Second interviews are scheduled to take place at Fulham Palace on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August.

Read the full role profile and apply here.

Full-time administrator at Clevedon Court

Somerset

Tenant family of National Trust house in North Somerset requires an all-year resident administrator to manage the property and organise its opening to the public three days a week from April to September. Would suit an active couple. Accommodation comprises a lovely 3-bedroom apartment in the house. Position to be taken up in January 2023. For further details please email Sir Charles Elton at charlesaelton@gmail.com 

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Wedding and Events Manager at Dorfold Hall

Cheshire | Deadline 15 July 2022

Dorfold Hall in Nantwich are looking to recruit an experienced and passionate Senior Wedding and Events Coordinator to join its small, close-knit events team.

Dorfold Hall is a Grade I listed, Jacobean property, that has recently been transformed into the unique wedding venue that you see today, hosting weddings and events throughout the year.

The role is broad and covers many aspects. You will be involved in all aspects of the wedding and event business, and display high energy, attention-to-detail and commitment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person looking to progress their events/hospitality career alongside an ever-growing and ambitious Cheshire Event venue.

Find out more and how to apply here.

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Volunteer Room Steward at Raby Castle

Darlington | No deadline

Raby Estate is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to welcome visitors to Raby Castle. Applicants should have a friendly and outgoing personality as they are the first point of contact to welcome thousands of visitors each year. This is a hands-on role where you will be expected to work independently and as part of a team.

The successful candidate will report to the Castle Custodian and will deliver exceptional customer service ensuring that visitors receive a positive first impression and a friendly welcome.

Volunteers play a crucial role in helping to share Raby Castle’s rich and fascinating history with visitors. We are currently recruiting volunteers to support the Raby Castle team at weekends and busy holiday periods.

  • Assisting the Visitor Services Team to prepare the property for public opening and assist in the closing down procedure
  • Helping visitors to discover more about Raby Castle and be inspired during their visit
  • Be ‘on duty’ in the public rooms of the Castle throughout the day to ensure that all visitors view the property at its best and impart information about Raby Castle to visitors
  • Welcoming visitors at entrances and explain what’s on each day, advertising our range of tours, family-fun activities and special events
  • Providing an excellent visitor experience; being proactive and approachable with the visitors’ experience in mind. Being informative and knowledgeable when answering visitors’ questions about Raby Castle
  • Engaging with children using hand out trails and activity sheets
  • Being proactive in providing low-level security to Raby Castle during opening hours
  • Work within Raby Castle’s procedures
  • Work in compliance with the Raby Castle Health and Safety Policy at all times
  • Undertake training as and when required

Find out more information and how to apply here.

 

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Deputy Operations Manager / Administrator at Knebworth House

Hertfordshire | Deadline 9 July 2022

Working in conjunction with the House & Park Operations Managers, you will play a key role in the support and delivery of the overall visitor and event experience. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential for this role and the ideal candidate will be able to effectively communicate with all colleagues, visitors and residents. You will also need to be highly organised with an excellent attention to detail.

Summary of the role

The purpose of this new post is to support the Operations managers & Managing Director, taking advantage of the increasing visitor numbers, expanding programme of events, filming and to develop and enhance the quality and brand image of the Estate. The DOP has operational responsibility for supporting the following areas throughout the season
– Ticket sales
– Events
– Casual staff
– Car parking
– Filming
– Gift Shop
– Assisting the MD with Admin support
– Other Administrative duties as required

Main Responsibilities

– To ultimately act as a duty manager at least one day of the weekend during open seasons and as required during daily opening as part of the season rota.
– To comply with all relevant areas of health and safety and security
– To help to ensure that Estate and it’s equipment is well maintained and presented
– Supporting the effective operation of events throughout the year
– To assist with the smooth running of film bookings
– Assist with stock management of gift shop
– Assist in inputting of staff data and preparation of staff rotas
– Assisting Managing Director with general Admin support

Essential skills and attributes

The successful candidate should have a proven track record of successful customer service
Genuine enthusiasm, a good organiser with a keen eye for detail and an appreciation of quality and a willingness to lead from the front and work calmly under pressure are essential
Driver with a clean driving licence
Good IT skills
Ability on their own initiative, coupled with a positive can do attitude and a flexible approach to working hours to meet the needs of the business
An excellent communicator able to liaise with both internal and external representatives
Willing to be trained as a first aider

Desirable

Knowledge of ticketing systems
Previous experience of managing staff
First aid experience

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering email to:
info@Knebworthhouse.com
Knebworth House, Estate Office, Knebworth, Herts SG3 6PY

Assistant Head Gardener at Pashley Manor Gardens

East Sussex | Deadline 15 July 2022

Pashley Manor Gardens is looking for an Assistant Head Gardener.

Pashley is a privately owned eleven acre garden, with woodland, near Ticehurst.  Open to visitors from April to September; most well known for our Tulips, Roses and Dahlias.

To keep these gardens at their best, and develop them for the future, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Head Gardener.

Applicants should have significant practical horticultural experience and preferably demonstrable experience of leading a small team – enthusiasm for gardening and keeping standards high is essential!

Closing date for applications is Friday 15 July; interviews on Wednesday 20 / Thursday 21 July.

For a job description and application form contact Kate on 01580 200888 or info@pashleymanorgardens.com

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Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Bishop's Palace

Somerset | Deadline 29 June 2022

After an extended period of successful growth, The Palace Trust is at a pivotal moment in its strategic development and we seek an experienced and inspirational leader to Chair the Board of Trustees and lead the Trust in its next phase. Knowledge of the charitable heritage sector would be an advantage but most essential is the commitment of the Chair to our values and vision, together with an ability to raise awareness of and support for the Palace with new audiences and new benefactors.

The Bishop’s Palace, and the adjacent Cathedral, are the two principal attractions for this small city whose income is very largely derived from tourism. Each year, the Palace welcomes some 140,000 visitors to its historic buildings, first-class café, and regular events, exhibitions and functions. The magnificent gardens are recognised by the RHS as a partner garden. The Palace attracts visitors from all over the world and in recent times the gardens especially have been a particular source of solace, recreation and comfort for local people.

Find out more here.

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Director of The Hall, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire | Deadline 13 June 2022

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join our small team providing maternity cover for our Director (with an opportunity for the right candidate to job-share upon her return).  We are seeking an individual with a commercial background who will support the Trust to reduce its current deficit budget through new enterprise and income generation.  The Trust is particularly keen to hear from individuals with experience of delivering holiday lets and developing other income generating opportunities in a heritage context.

The role of Director is focused on managing The Hall’s important historic site and estate whilst developing a robust business model, improving income generation and supporting the delivery of the Trust’s charitable objectives. We are seeking a proactive and energetic individual with significant experience of commercial development, ideally in a heritage context, who will support The Hall’s development at a key moment in its history. The Trust currently generates income through residential and commercial lets.  Our events programme runs at break-even and our venue hire is nascent.  We are seeking an individual who can develop new income opportunities. You will manage a small team of part-time staff, contractors and volunteers including an Administrator, a Housekeeper, an Events & Heritage Coordinator, and a Gardener. You will be responsible for developing future activities and increasing income, working to targets set by the Board of Trustees. Overseeing site access and maintenance, you will work with and supervise contractors and caterers as required. Supported by an engaged team of Trustees, you will ensure the safety of our site, building, historic interiors and collection.

The objectives of the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust are to advance the education of the public, in particular (but not exclusively) in the subjects of engineering and design; to promote for the public benefit the study and appreciation of The Hall, Bradford on Avon as a place of historical and architectural interest; and for the public benefit, the preservation and enhancement of The Hall, Bradford on Avon together with its ancillary buildings, contents, collections and grounds.

Contract Type:          15-month contract August/September 2022 – November/December 2023 (with possibility for job-share when post holder returns from maternity leave).

Hours:                        0.8 contract for duration of contract. Normal working days will be Tuesday to Friday, but will be flexible to suit business needs and include weekends and evenings.

Salary:                        £36,000 pro rata (i.e. £28,800)

Find out more and apply on their website.

Senior Gardener at Cuerden Hall

Shropshire | Deadline 17 June 2022

An incredible opportunity has arisen for an experienced, Senior Gardener to become part of the creation and development of a prestigious garden set in the grounds of a large Grade II* listed Georgian house located near Preston; with the objective being to create a new garden of national importance enhancing the setting and architecture of the House which was built in stages starting in the early 1700’s and, coming with it, a rich history. This position is full time and permanent.

Previously being used for commercial use, the current owner purchased the property in 2020 with the view to create a beautiful, private, family home with a 5-to-7-year plan set in place with an expected cost in the region of £15m. They will soon be undergoing extensive restoration and refurbishment using a wide variety of highly skilled teams across the board. For the gardens they have recruited the expertise of a highly accomplished landscape architect and garden designer who has worked on several prestigious projects across the globe. Their unique and distinguished style has won the highest accolades including many Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, some of which awarded best in show.

Set within 16 acres of grounds, the grounds include 3 ancient woodlands which will be preserved as part of the ongoing woodland management plan. The remaining garden will contain a huge range of elements including a reinstated pond with an island teahouse, rose and topiary garden, croquet lawn and tennis court, kitchen and cutting garden with a glasshouse and polytunnels, a formal terrace, deep walled beds, conical topiary, pet cemetery and much more planned.

The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail and a strong interest in getting involved in a large-scale, long-term project and will benefit from a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the garden designer and owner, contributing ideas and installing the designs, whilst putting your stamp on this monumental project. You will be hands on and be responsible for the care and maintenance of the grounds to a high horticultural standard. This would include maintaining the lawns, hedge cutting, pruning, transplanting, weeding, etc. with help from the existing maintenance team available where necessary. Over time the role will evolve and develop into a Head Gardener position with the view to recruit and train a team of up to 3 others.

The successful candidate will hold an academic horticultural qualification, and have experience working on a large-scale, widely recognised, estates that have been open to the public. Excellent plant knowledge, an understanding of health and safety regulations and experience in the use and basic maintenance of hand tools and garden machinery is essential.

Find more information here.

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Volunteers wanted at Weston Park

Shropshire | Apply as soon as possible

Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border is on the lookout for new faces to join its enthusiastic and friendly team of volunteers and will be hosting an Open Day on Tuesday 7th June during National Volunteers Week.

The House and its collections have largely remained closed to visitors due to the pandemic but with a busy summer season ahead the doors will be thrown open once more.

Prospective volunteers will be able to spend the morning with members of the Weston Park team learning all about the history of the house and the people associated with it.

A variety of interesting roles are available including house guides, room stewards and Granary Art Gallery assistants. Students completing a vocational qualification covering museum and heritage, history of art or conservation courses are also welcome to apply.

Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills and meet like-minded people with similar interests.  Weston Park volunteers enjoy a wide range of benefits including free entry to the estate.

Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation says: “We are really keen to meet anyone who might be able to spare some time in sharing this incredibly beautiful and special place with our visitors. We have a welcoming and dedicated team of volunteers but would like more people to join us.”

The House at Weston Park opens to visitors on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the summer and the Granary Art Gallery, home to contemporary exhibitions, is open daily throughout the year.

“Sharing Weston Park with many visitors from all ages and backgrounds takes both time, patience and commitment – but its great fun and immensely rewarding.  Passion, interest and commitment are the only qualifications we require,” concludes Gareth.

Weston Park’s Volunteer Open Day takes place on Tuesday 7th June, with registration at 10am followed by a tour of the House and the Art Gallery.  To book your place or for further information please contact Alison Poole, Gallery and Learning Coordinator on 01952 852130 or alison.poole@weston-park.com

Further information please visit weston-park.com.

Beautiful Mapperton Gardens
Volunteers wanted at Mapperton

Dorset | Apply as soon as possible

In 2022 Mapperton House opens to the general public and specialised groups from 3rd Aril to the 29th of September 12 noon to 4pm, Sundays to Thursdays.

Volunteers need to have a general interest in English history and heritage. Above all they need patience and understanding of people’s needs, including the young, elderly and disabled.

Those who prefer not to be guides are valuable as stewards and could back up other volunteers on our popular house tours.

Volunteers are entitled to travel expenses and light refreshments in the Coach House Café for each visit.

To apply, contact Paula, in the Estate Office, on 01308 742133 or email paula@mapperton.com.

St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust
Trustees for the Board at St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust

Essex | Apply as soon as possible

St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust was formed in 2016 to support the restoration of key historic buildings the St Osyth Priory Estate in Essex. Owned privately by the Sargeant family, the Priory boasts a unique range of heritage buildings, environmental and ecological features. The buildings alone comprise 16 separate Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings and numerous Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust is a charity which works to preserve the buildings, monuments, and land of historical and architectural interest firstly at St Osyth Priory and secondly St Osyth Parish.

A series of grant applications are underway to secure funding to preserve key buildings as part of multi-million restoration programme which will open the Priory up to the public.

The Trust is now recruiting new Trustees to join its board with a background in heritage, tourism and culture. The right candidate will have expertise in researching and developing visitor experience, stakeholder engagement and a strong understanding of the visitor economy. Experience in delivering a large capital and / or grant funded project is also desirable. 

In line with our Equal Opportunities Policy we welcome the widest possible range of expressions of interest in order to increase the diversity of our Board.

These roles are not remunerated but modest expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Chair Conrad Payne via email: conrad.payne@struttandparker.com

Abbotsford, Roxburghshire
Assistant House Manager at Abbotsford

Scottish Borders | Posted here 9 March 2022

The Abbotsford Trust was created to preserve, protect and promote the home, life and works of Sir Walter Scott. The Hope Scott Wing was extensively refurbished during the restoration of Abbotsford, creating a beautiful holiday home.

Living close to Abbotsford, the Assistant House Manager is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a high quality service to guests, including all aspects of housekeeping, guest services and security.

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