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Senior Collections & House Officer

Reading, Reading, United Kingdom, £ £ 24075.00-24075.00 Annual Annual, Permanent

Description:

Summary

Are you a proven manager of collections or houses? Can you bring your conservation knowledge to this close knit team? We need someone who can champion fantastic collections care and practise, visitor welcome and the day to day operation of managing volunteers to give great experiences.

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.

What it's like to work here

The Thames Valley is a major tourist destination, with historic houses, parks and gardens, cycling, walking and boating on the river. It's a beautiful area in which to live and work, with numerous small villages and towns in the countryside, yet good transport links to London by train and close to the east-west M4 motorway. The nearby thriving town of Reading with its range of housing types and prices, university and sporting facilities is the most important source for local visitors coming to the National Trust properties in this area. Basildon Park is just 12 miles from Greys Court, with nearby Nuffield Place - the third in the group, forming a close triangle of properties spilling out north across the valley.

What you'll be doing

As the senior lead of the House Team, you'll manage a team of Collections & House Officers, Collections Assistants and volunteers to implement preventive conservation and cleaning programmes in the house to ensure excellent standards of care, delivering strategies to improve conservation. You'll be responsible for the planning and implementation of conservation projects, collections care and daily opening of the house ensuring appropriate resources are in place to provide a consistent and excellent visitor experience.

You'll collect and accurately record information 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. Leading by example you'll ensure a culture of excellent customer care, engaging our visitors with conservation and the values and behaviours of the National Trust.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Knowledge and operational experience of collections management and care in historic properties and some experience of collections management systems
  • Good working knowledge of preventative conservation and an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
  • An impressive eye for even the smallest of details and are comfortable working from height
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety & emergency procedures.
  • Some knowledge and experience of managing budgets and finance.
  • Experience of managing staff & volunteers
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
  • An understanding of how enhance our visitor experience through the presentation of information or interpretative material
The package

Benefits 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.

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Job Details

1207745841
Not Specified
Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Permanent
£ £ 24075.00-24075.00 Annual Annual