Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
We have a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about great conservation. As the House Steward, you’ll play an important part of the house team. Variety is the order of the working day; you’ll be involved in everything from general housekeeping and preparing the house for special events, to providing tours to our visitors.
Accommodation is provided to the post holder for the proper or better performance of his or her duties in accordance with Trust criteria and HMRC rules.
The proposed start date for this role is 1st April.
What it's like to work here
Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 18th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building.
Situated in the East Pavilion, and the site of the old orangery, our café offers great food with stunning views across the South Downs. In the summer our visitors can take a seat outside and, on a clear day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.
What you'll be doing
You’ll be responsible for the daily opening of the house, ensuring appropriate resources are in place to be able to provide a consistently excellent service for our visitors. Working with a team of Conservation Assistants, you'll supervise the team responsible for implementing conservation routines, preventive conservation and annual deep cleaning programme within the house to ensure excellent standards of care, delivering strategies to improve conservation.
You'll collect and record information during housekeeping cleaning routines to inform our understanding of the house and the collection, and use preventive conservation techniques to improve how we conserve, interpret and present the property. You will also create and maintain all house compliance work and records. You’ll enjoy telling visitors about our fascinating history, sharing tales from the past as well as your personal experience of working here.
Please also read the full role profile on our website.
Who we're looking for
We'd love to hear from you if you:
• Are inspired by all things Heritage and Conservation
• Have good working knowledge of collections care and preventive conservation with an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
• Have an impressive eye for even the smallest of details and are comfortable working from height to help keep the house well-presented at all times
• Have knowledge of Health & Safety and emergency procedures.
• Have the ability to support volunteers to perform at their best
• Have excellent people skills and are a good team player, enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained
• Have some knowledge and experience of managing budgets and finance
Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here. https://www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk/supporting-you/
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
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Interview date: 17th February