House Experience Volunteer

Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid

Actively Interviewing

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Job description

Our House Experience Volunteers add the sparkle to any visit – giving everyone a warm welcome, bringing stories from Ickworth to life and helping people get the best out of their day. 

 This role will suit you if you are:

  • Warm and friendly.
  • Someone with a curious and inquisitive nature, with an ability to engage our visitors, ask questions and facilitate conversations.
  • Able to listen thoughtfully and actively.
  • Someone with exceptional customer service standards- a desire to put visitors before everything else.
  • A good storyteller, with a talent for reading body language and thinking on your feet
  • Sensitive to visitor and volunteer needs – working as an effective team member.
  • Willing to develop your knowledge of Ickworth, its history and vast collections.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Responding to the diverse needs of visitors, including people with additional access needs.
  • Sharing inspirational stories, curious facts and practical information or simply the space for visitors to wander at their own pace.
  • Helping visitors to discover more, answering questions and making suggestions so they can enjoy their day, their way.
  • Being an ambassador for the whole property and the National Trust. Helping visitors understand the full scope of the offer at Ickworth beyond the house.
  • Learning more about Ickworth, so you can share your knowledge and stories of the family and their collections with visitors.
  • Responding to the changing needs of Ickworth – supporting ongoing interpretation strategies in the House.
  • Supporting with health and safety and evacuation procedures if required.
  • Being part of a team that may need to adapt and change in response to local needs, National Trust priorities or changes to government guidelines 

 By getting involved you could· 

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team.
    Spend time with us at Ickworth, learn about its history, stories and enjoy its beauty.
  • Meet people from all walks of life
  • Find an opportunity to use your existing skills and develop new ones.
    Improve your communication skills.
    Get a warm glow by knowing you have made a difference to someone’s day out with us.

 You’d also be joining Europe’s largest conservation charity and the wider National Trust team proudly looking after 780 miles of coastline, over 250,000 hectares of land, over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves (including lighthouses, villages, pubs and a gold mine!). We are a unique charity welcoming millions of people each year and with a vision to open up places for the benefit of everyone, for ever.  

All National Trust volunteers will be asked to

  • Respect and uphold the National Trust values whilst volunteering with us.
  • Complete training required of all NT volunteers and any role specific training
  • Adhere to relevant policies and processes including safeguarding, health and safety, and equality and diversity. 

 We want all our volunteers to feel welcome and to have an equally positive experience when volunteering with us. So, volunteers will:

  • Be provided with the necessary induction, training, equipment and reasonable adjustments to do this role well and safely
  • Be offered expenses to cover agreed travel costs between home and place of volunteering.
  • Have remote access to support, news and rotas via our volunteer website 

Skills acquired: Adaptability, Communication Skills, Community Development, Customer Service, Event Support, Exhibition Arts, Fundraising, Interpersonal Skills, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Visual Arts

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Posted on: 06 November 2023
Closing date: 04 February 2024 at 23:59
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