We are looking for an enthuastic experienced events coordinator to organise and develop Acorn Bank's annual Apple Day event, due to take place on 14th October 2018.
What is Apple Day...?
Apple Day is our annual celebration of everything and anything to do with apples.
Acorn Bank has one of the largest collections of heritage apple trees in Cumbria, with many varieties now rarely seen in gardens and orchards across the county. There’ll be lots of samples on display and a chance to taste many of them on the day.
Acorn Bank held its first Apple Day in 1994 and the event has run almost every year since, attracting thousands of visitors to the historic house, watermill and gardens at Temple Sowerby, near Penrith. It’s a vibrant country festival offering a true taste of 'olde England’, with family activities alongside a cornucopia of all things apple: pruning demonstrations, apple identification, tasting, trees for sale, and of course the longest peel competition.
There is something for everyone whether you’re a passionate gardener or you just enjoy a juicy home-grown apple!
What it's like to work here
This tranquil garden is renowned for its herb collections and fruit orchards. The imposing house has only been open to the public since 2012 and the team is working hard to develop the visitor experience. Acorn Bank offers a supportive and collaborative working environment where the small team is highly involved in the business planning process. If you are creative and energetic and would like to contribute to the success of this welcoming property, the team would love to hear from you.
What you'll be doing
Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will lead on the organisation of this fantastic event. This will include working closely with staff and volunteers across the National Trust, contacting and organising stallholders and entertainment, developing the site layout, and the communications and marketing of the event.
The successful candidate will lead Acorn Bank staff and volunteers in setting up the event, coordinate proceedings on the day, and help with evaluation after the the event has taken place.
Who we're looking for
Our team believe that people deserve more than just 'good service’ but an amazing experience they’ll never forget, and we are looking for like-minded people to join us. You'll need to:
- Have excellent customer service and communication skills, along with a passion for stories and creating engaging activities and experiences for all ages
- Possess a keen interest in history, the outdoors, arts and heritage as well as experience of working with the public
- Have good IT skills along with the ability to use all Microsoft packages
- Experience of working with a wide range of people and volunteer supervision or management
- Knowledge of health and safety compliance requirements
- Previous experience working in a team
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