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Collections & House Officer - job post

National Trust
731 reviews
Kendal LA8
£13,291 a year - Fixed term contract
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Pay

  • £13,291 a year

Job type

  • Fixed term contract

Shift and schedule

  • Weekend availability
  • Every weekend

Location

Kendal LA8

Benefits
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  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Financial planning services
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Season ticket loan

Full job description

Are you someone who cares deeply about achieving high standards, and helping to make beauty and history accessible to all? Would you like to be part of a dedicated professional team working at one of the National Trust’s finest houses, looking after its collections of art and objects, and presenting them to visitors? If so, you could become a Collections and House Officer at Sizergh, bringing to life the history and significance of this much-loved place.

Hours: 22.5 hours per week. Lone working does occur, and regular weekend and bank holiday working is required. Your working days will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the months when the house is open to visitors, typically March-October. December weekend working may also be required.

Salary: FTE £22,152pa Actual £13,291pa. We are currently undertaking our pay review process and it is likely that this salary will be increased from 1st April 2024.

Contract: 1 year fixed term contract with the potential this will be extended

Interviews: 14th March

If you have any questions about this role please contact: Georgina.Gates@nationaltrust.org.uk


What it's like to work here:Sizergh is an imposing medieval and Tudor house situated at the gateway to the Lake District. The 1,600-acre estate includes our largest limestone rock garden and a national collection of ferns. Sizergh has been home to the Strickland family for almost 800 years. It is a living, breathing and evolving house which continues to be a family home while also welcoming over 75,000 visitors per year through its doors.

The grade 1 listed building holds a collection of over 2200 objects some of national and of international significance, with the famous Inlaid Chamber taking ‘jewel in the crown’ status of this architecturally intriguing mansion. The impressive carved overmantels and sumptuous wood panelling provides the backdrop to centuries of fascinating history and the stories of all those who have called Sizergh home. The large collection of paintings, Gillow furniture, Jacobite relics and Flemish tapestries are just some of the chattels that make the house at Sizergh such a special place.

This is a lively property with a varied events programme and thriving café, and the property are looking for team members with energy and enthusiasm.

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What you'll be doing:As the Collections and House Officer, you’ll be responsible for opening and closing the house every day and making sure there are enough people in the right places to give visitors a consistently good experience. You’ll also manage volunteers and help them on their volunteering journey with us, while ensuring the house is compliant and a safe place to work, volunteer and visit.

Supervised by the Collections and House Manager, you'll be responsible for routine housekeeping, daily preventive conservation and the annual programme of deep cleaning. Whether you’re cleaning gutters on the roof, supervising contractors or handling delicate works of art, your attention and expertise will help to ensure excellent standards of care throughout the house.

You'll collect and record information gathered during cleaning and housekeeping, to improve our knowledge and understanding of the house and all that’s in it. You’ll use preventive conservation methods to improve how we look after everything, and how we present it to visitors. And you’ll be sharing stories about the past with anyone who’s interested, as well as your personal experience of working here.


Who we're looking forWe'd love to hear from you if you’re:
  • Someone who puts people first, and who knows what’s needed to make sure everyone receives great service
  • Able to work as part of a team, with skills in day-to-day supervision and management
  • Good at talking to, and getting on with, all kinds of people
  • Comfortable with managing costs and spending
  • Full of ideas about how to make spaces and objects accessible to more visitors.

The packageThe National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax-free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most Trust places
  • Independent financial advice


Requirements :Compliance.Eligibility to Work in the UK
Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw for 12 mo)
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