Arnos Vale Cemetery is a special place which people love to visit; a fascinating site, full of memories, culture, history, nature, wellbeing and busy with events. On any day of the week, the site can attract a large number of visitors for a great variety of reasons: from those visiting a family grave, to others who want to explore the history of Victorian Bristol, or just sample the wares of the café. The range of events and activities offered is a major draw for visitors, so we are now very focused on welcoming visitors and ensuring that they have an enjoyable experience. We host weddings in our Grade 2* Listed Victorian chapels and our woodland venue, hire out our buildings for meetings, classes, talks, theatre, education and family activities, and the site has also been used as a film location. With a busy programme of events taking place throughout the year, there is always a range of challenges and opportunities to respond to.
The cemetery is free to enter and visitors can explore it with guide books and leaflets. People regularly use the site for leisure, commuting and exercise. We also offer a range of volunteering opportunities from landscape maintenance and supporting children’s workshops, to working on reception, guiding tours and undertaking historical research. We really value the contributions of our volunteers. As a not-for-profit organisation, all our income is put back into preserving, enhancing and developing this special place.
We’re a small team, so we all help each other out and regularly need to react to changes to ensure that the site operates efficiently and safely. As caretaker, you will work independently and with colleagues to maintain the fantastic resources to a high standard and to constantly try to improve our service. Training will be provided where needed. You will need to be an active, enthusiastic and energetic team member who is adaptable to change and is passionate about this unique site. You will need to take real pride in your work, be comfortable with regular cleaning and building maintenance, as well as other practical tasks. We’d love to find someone who is as excited as we are by the potential of this place at the heart of the community
How to apply:
To apply for this role, send a covering letter, CV and a completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form (available on the job advert on our website www.arnosvale.org.uk) by Thursday 5th December to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, by post to Nick Bull, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW.
Interviews to be held week commencing 16th December.
Please refer to the Duties and Responsibilities and Person Specification for more information.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential skills and experience
Good time management and organisational skills with the ability to manage a busy and varied workload whilst responding flexibly to immediate priorities
Good attention to detail
Experience and skills in general building maintenance, painting, decorating, minor repairs
Able to communicate well with a wide range of people, who will be at the cemetery for many different reasons and with different needs e.g school visits, people under emotional stress, dog walkers, contractors, tourists
Self-motivated, pro-active, able to work unsupervised as well as part of a team
Able to be flexible with working hours and days if necessary
Full, clean driving licence
Essential personal qualities
Motivated to take pride in the work, to maintain the buildings to a high standard for our visitors
Able to manage a physically demanding role
Able to accurately follow and implement instructions
Compassionate to the varying needs of the different visitors to the cemetery
Approachable, adaptable, happy to help
Able to work as part of a team and respond positively and flexibly to the needs of other team members
Willingness to adopt and promote the values, objectives and policies of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Willingness to undertake training
Happy to work in a cemetery
Desirable skills and experience
Experience in the testing and monitoring of systems such as security, fire alarms, water temperature etc
Experience of cleaning public buildings and general offices to a high standard
Skilled in maintaining tools and equipment
Experience of preparing rooms for events and setting up equipment.
Experience of working within the limitations of a listed building
Basic IT skills
Current First Aid qualification
Knowledge of COSHH regulations