Job description    2021-04-08

We protect everything from bats to buildings to beaches – and we want to share them with everyone too. But how do we care for our special places, while helping everyone to enjoy them and their fascinating stories? It’s no small task. In fact, it’s a big team effort and it’s why our Collections Assistants are so important.
What it's like to work here:This informal, romantic family home flanked by a marvelous Tudor Great Hall is a rare survivor from the 1500’s. History springs to life in the Hesketh family dining room, with its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests. Rufford's Victorian and Edwardian gardens are only a few metres above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England. Our tea room retains many original features including an early 19th century kitchen range. These rooms are now used to offer a range of light meals, freshly baked scones, drinks and cakes. Click here for more information about this location
What you'll be doing:As a Collections Assistant, you’ll be working with a great housekeeping team in an incredible place, helping with the day-to-day cleaning and care of the collections. No detail will go unnoticed, and you’ll keep a keen eye on everything from the environmental conditions in a room, to signs of wear and tear. You’ll keep accurate records too. In this visitor facing role, we’d love you to talk to visitors about the work you’re doing, and the collections we have. You'll also be part of the wider team of employees and volunteers, helping to cover where necessary. Please also read the full role profile, attached to this advert.
Who we're looking forA keen interest in history, historic properties and conservation of their collections Previous experience as a Trainee Conservation Assistant or equivalent A good understanding of preventive conservation Knowledge of the approach required when working with fragile historic collections as well as Health & Safety and emergency procedures Good manual dexterity and eye-to-hand skills and ability to work from ladders and tower scaffold The ability to support volunteers to perform at their best Good interpersonal and communication skills, and are a great team player A willingness to undertake continuing professional development and personal skills development and have an enthusiasm to learn
The packageBenefits for working at the National Trust: Flexible working whenever possible Free parking at most locations Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes. Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18) Generous annual leave Subsidised health cash plan Free 24-hour support service Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary Training & Development tailored to you Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.
Requirements :Compliance.Eligibility to Work in the UK

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