House Steward

National Trust
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
08 Jun 2017
08 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

What it's like to work here

Castle Coole is one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the splendid suite of servants rooms and service quarters of this magnificent property.

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’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 attached to this advert.

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.

      And it will be helpful if you can demonstrate the following experience on your CV/application;

    • A degree in relevant field or equivalent and/or operational experience in historic properties

    • An understanding of the volunteer journey in the Trust including being able 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

      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

      We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website.

      We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability.