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Heritage Tour Guide

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Royal Gunpowder Mills is a heritage attraction with lively and engaging visitor, learning and volunteering programmes. In addition to telling the story of the most important site in Europe for the manufacture of gunpowder, areas of our historic 170 acre site are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

Visitors can choose to take the 30 minute tractor trailer guided tour around the 170 acre site, where they can see and learn about RGM’s science, nature and history. There are also special access walking tours and occasional introductory talks requiring volunteer guides.

As a guide you will pass on the wonders of the history, science and nature of the site including the industrial history of the buildings as you travel around the tour route. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • To assemble the party and determine their specific needs.
  • Once on board the trailer, explain the purpose of the tour, say how long it will take and give the short safety talk.
  • On the way round the site, communicate important features and facts for the enjoyment and education of the visitors.
  • To help the visitors make sense of the history and natural environment.
  •  Answer visitors questions and/or direct them to where they may find further information.


Benefits to volunteer

  • You will be given all the information required and will therefore have the opportunity to learn much about RGM.
  • You will gain the experience of working alongside other dedicated people whilst passing on interesting facts and providing enjoyment for the visitors.
  • This is an opportunity to support a charity, gain experience and have the job satisfaction of working for a worthwhile cause.
  • You will be working as part of a team in natural and historic surroundings.



What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • With good communication/presentation skills, being able to explain clearly and effectively
  • Having an interest and some knowledge of relevant history/nature (RGM specific information will be provided)
  •  Who has a willingness to learn new information and gain a thorough knowledge of the site and its operations.
  • Able to keep to time allocations to work in conjunction with other activities
  • With a willingness to be out of doors in variable weather conditions and the ability to stand on the trailer for the 30 minute tour.
  • Confident and able to work with a wide range of public
  •  Reliable, e.g. informing the relevant Royal Gunpowder Mills staff in good time, where possible, if not able to attend on any agreed days/times.
  • To be prepared to engage with the visitors in a friendly, calm and helpful manner
  •  Who is able to work as part of the team
  • Need to be 16+

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Details

Currently Sundays, also occasional weekdays if available. Next year 2023, Sundays plus.

Where does this role take place?

Royal Gunpowder Mills,
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey
Essex
EN9 1JY

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

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  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • Apply by phone
  • Email expression of interest
  • Informal Discussion
  • References
  • Trial Period
  • Support provided
  • Access to group meetings/socials/team events
  • Induction provided
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Handbook available
  • Volunteer will have named supervisor
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Accessible parking available
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Travel/mileage
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Conflict Resolution policy/procedure for volunteers
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
    Happy to discuss, but ability to speak clearly and travel on the vehicle is essential.
  • Are there any age limits?
    Over 16
  • Expenses - additional information
    As agreed in advance
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
    Up to the end of your induction
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
    On website
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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