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Heritage Tour Tractor Driver

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 are offered the 30 minute tractor trailer guided tour around the site, where they can see and learn about RGM’s science, nature and history.

As a volunteer driver you will learn the route and skills involved to manoeuvre the tractor and trailer around the bends and over the bridges of the site giving a comfortable ride to the visitors.

All you need is a full UK driving licence, to pass your assessment and have some free time at weekends.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Preparing the tractor and trailer each day ensuring there are clean seats ready for use, and place the seat cushions in position
  • Helping visitors to safely board and disembark the trailer
  • Working with the team to operate the ramp for disabled passengers and secure passenger’s wheelchairs safely on the trailer
  • Driving the tractor pulling the trailer for heritage tours around the tour route in a safe manner.
  • Engaging with the visitors in a friendly and helpful manner.
  • Assisting the team in keeping to the timetable for the day

Benefits to Volunteer

  • You will be able to gain the experience of working for a charity in natural and historic surroundings, being part of a team providing a high quality service to visitors.
  • You can have the job satisfaction of working for a worthwhile cause and helping to provide entertainment and enjoyment to the visitors.
  • Learn more about the science, history and nature of this charity.

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, qualifications and experience

  • With a full UK driving licence
  •  Able to work as part of a team especially with the other drivers and guides
  •  Who is able to keep to time allocations to work in conjunction with other activities
  • 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
  • Able to complete the training and pass the driving assessment
  • Need to be 25+

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

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

Where does this role take place?

Royal Gunpowder Mills,
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey

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Register your interest

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  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Heritage and Culture
  • No Specific Interest
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Driving
  • Events
  • 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
  • Volunteering venue wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Are there any age limits?
    Over 25 years
  • Expenses - additional information
    As arranged in advance
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
    By 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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