Job: Machine and Apprentice House Interpreter

NT purple_160x60Job title: Machine and Apprentice House Interpreter
Salary: £12,304 per annum, pro rata (£6.31 per hour)
Contract: Permanent, part-time (780 annualised hours)
Location: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Reference: IRC9871

About the role
Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain’s greatest industrial sites. Overflowing with atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution, Channel 4 recently filmed the series, The Mill, here based on its history. From the cotton mill powered by Europe’s strongest working waterwheel to Apprentice House, the safe home built for pauper children, the successful candidate will help bring all the magic of this famous property to life.

Demonstrating weaving techniques on historic machinery and sharing secrets and stories of the Apprentice House, you’ll get people involved in exciting tours of Quarry Bank Mill. The National Trust wants everyone who visits to get a good insight into its history. You will talk about how domestic life was back then and you additionally you will demonstrate skills by spinning thread and woven fabric using our carding, spinning and weaving machinery, while talking to visitors about how it all works. From school sessions to special events, your work will make sure people leave smiling, full of new knowledge and excited to return.

Sharing stories and operating historic machinery, the successful candidate will bring the history of Quarry Bank Mill to life, taking visitors back in time on a tour that they won’t forget.

The role is based on 780 annualised hours so hours worked may vary from month to month but your salary will be paid in 12 equal installments over the year.

Skills required
You will have existing excellent customer service skills, a great imagination and a welcoming smile. Engaging and entertaining, you need to be able to confidently share stories in a way that interests and excites people of all ages, from all backgrounds. An interest in history and textiles would be a real bonus. Do not worry if you’ve never used spinning or weaving equipment before – the National Trust will give you plenty of training but you need to be switched-on, engaged and confident following health & safety regulations. You won’t be afraid to get stuck in, working together with colleagues to give visitors the best experience.

Professional development
The National Trust will give you all the support and continued professional development you need, and the opportunity to work in a stunning environment. You can also look forward to free admission to all our places, and a helpful 20% off at our shops, cafes and restaurants. More benefits can be seen here

About The National Trust
The National Trust are a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. Over 100 years later these values are still at the heart of everything they do. They want people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy, be inspired by and love the places the National Trust look after.

Application information
Visit the National Trust website Closing date for applications: 06 November 2013. Provisional interview date: 11 November 2013.

The National Trust is committed to equal opportunities.
Registered charity number 205846.

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