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Posted: Tuesday, May 15th 2018
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Job Title:     House Steward
Organisation:     Attingham Park - National Trust
Salary:     £19,349 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Shrewsbury, England
Closing Date:     Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Job Ref No:     IRC65630
Job Description:
House Steward
Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

We have a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about great conservation, is full of bright ideas and is a brilliant team player.

Attingham Park welcomes 472,000 visitors each year and is the third most visited pay to enter National Trust property in England and Wales. You’ll be part of our dedicated house team, helping to protect Attingham and its collection for future generations to enjoy.

Accommodation is provided to the postholder for the proper or better performance of his or her duties in accordance with Trust criteria and HMRC rules. If you’re shortlisted for this role, you’ll have the chance to meet other members of staff who have made Attingham their home, and hear more from them about what it’s like to live here.

Regular Duty Management is also a key element to this role – further details will be discussed at interview.

If you'd like to find out more about this position, and other roles here at Attingham Park, please come along to our Careers at Attingham and the National Trust open evenings, taking place on Tuesday 22nd May (6pm till 8pm) and Wednesday 23rd May (4pm till 6pm). No need to register, just turn up between the stated times and let our reception team know that you're here for the open evening. For further details, please contact us directly on

What it's like to work here
Built in 1785, Attingham Park is one of the greatest country houses in Shropshire. Given to the National Trust in 1947, after being home to the Berwick family for five generations, Attingham exemplifies the rise and decline of country house estates from the late 18th Century to the mid-20th Century.

The large estate and vast mansion provides an insight into the sheer scale, wealth and importance of the great English country estates. Unlike so many ill-fated examples, Attingham Park retains much of its land, farms, tenanted cottages, woodland and parkland with the mansion at its core, still containing important collections of regency furniture, Grand Tour paintings and ambassadorial silver.

Today, we continue to fulfil the vision of the 8th Lord and Lady Berwick, ensuring we continue to help bring Attingham back to life and to make sure that the buildings, collection and historic parkland are preserved for everyone to enjoy.

What you'll be doing
It’s all about fantastic conservation and great team work. As our House Steward, you’ll be working hands on in caring for the house and its collections in line with National Trust standards – you’ll be implementing and assisting with conservation routines, preventive conservation and our annual deep cleaning programme to help ensure excellent standards of care are being delivered, and that we are continually improving our conservation strategies. You’ll also assist with the maintenance of Attingham’s historic buildings, and systems (such as heating, security and fire alarms). Please be advised that this role will require some working from height, from tower scaffolds and ladders, to carry out essential conservation cleaning work.

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 Attingham. You’ll enjoy telling visitors about our fascinating history, sharing tales from the past as well as your personal experience of working here.

You’ll also provide confident and effective leadership to our team of Conservation Assistants and dedicated Mansion Volunteers. Supported by the House & Collections Manager, you’ll help with the continued development of our Conservation Assistants through one-to-ones, performance reviews, coaching and training to help deliver their objectives. You’ll also support the management of our dedicated team of volunteers, championing their involvement and contributing to their training and development.

Now is an exciting time to join the team here at Attingham as we are at the beginning stages of planning process to develop a ten year vision for the Mansion, continuing to champion our conservation work and help to deliver fresh and exciting experiences for visitors that move, teach and inspire.

Who we're looking for
We’d love to hear from you if you:
• Are inspired by all things Heritage and Conservation
• Have a good working knowledge of collections care and preventative conservation, with an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
• Have an impressive eye for even the smallest 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
• Can help 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 finances

The package
Looking after you
• Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
• Pension contribution match up to 10%
• EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
• Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career
• Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
• Develop your skills with an internal secondment
• Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
• Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us
• Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
• Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
• 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
• Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Application Instructions:
Closing date: 27 May 2018

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