Picton Castle and Gardens

Vacancies

Heritage and Learning Officer

(Two Year Fixed Term Contract)

Part-time 22.5hrs a week – annualised contract of 1170 hours

£24,000 per annum (pro rata)

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 20th December 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join our staff at a critical moment in the development of Picton Castle Gardens. We are just completing a major refurbishment of the Walled Garden and have ambitious plans to extend the range of activities offered to visitors.

Job Summary

We are looking for a charismatic and enthusiastic person, who has a passion for heritage, education and outreach development. You will be responsible for developing the Heritage Centre as an additional visitor attraction and as a source of heritage learning. You will be establishing and delivering a heritage education and learning programme which includes a range of learning experiences, activities and events that are linked to the Castle and gardens, using broad interpretative themes to attract a diverse audience. This role will be vital in leading the way in actively engaging with our wider local communities.

The successful post-holder will work in and around Pembrokeshire (in the first instance) with schools and local community groups. You will be tasked with setting up educational experiences, study days, workshops and learning groups to encourage members of the community to engage in discovering the heritage of Picton Castle and its estate.

You will have knowledge of educational strategies and teaching skills and be able to develop a variety of learning experiences for pre-schoolers, schools, home-schooled children and wider community groups (adults as well as children). You will be as comfortable dealing with members of a local group or a school class as you are leading a learning session and working with freelancers.

The successful candidate will delight in the highest standards of customer care and seek to provide a friendly and effective service to all sectors of the community. You will be responsible for advocating and developing the links with the local communities and ensuring that the Heritage Centre has relevance in their lives and building lasting lifelong connections. This role will require great networking and influencing skills, and experience of partnership working and engagement techniques in the heritage sector will be a benefit.

KEY TASKS AND SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

To co-ordinate, develop and deliver educational activities and resources for school audiences

  • Developing and delivering an Educational activity plan.
  • Developing and delivering school workshops and training volunteers to lead them.
  • Managing, developing and evaluation education outreach resources, including school loan boxes.
  • Developing teacher support materials (print or web based).
  • Supporting volunteers in the delivery of outreach sessions in schools.
  • Promoting participation by schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions.
  • Build relationships with potential educational establishments to promote both the educational activities and the Heritage Centre.

To co-ordinate and deliver educational activities for families, young people and others in the community

  • Developing, delivering and evaluating family learning activities.
  • Contributing to events and activities that engage targeted audiences in thematic approaches to Picton Castle Gardens.
  • Training volunteers in the delivery of family learning activities.
  • Assisting Picton Castle with the delivery of heritage learning programmes.
  • Contributing to special events including talks with guest speakers.
  • Working with local youth and community leaders on engagement projects.

To contribute to the development of the Interpretation Centre

  • Identifying and securing new heritage opportunities.
  • Taking a lead role in the development and implementation of the educational and activity programmes for Picton Castle.
  • Providing strategic advice to Picton Castle and contributing to the Castle’s forward plans.
  • Providing training and development programmes for volunteers.
  • Ensuring that expenditure is within agreed budget.
  • Participating in and contributing to team and other staff and external meetings where appropriate.

Occasionally situations may also arise that require the post-holder to perform other duties or tasks as may be reasonably requested.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

We anticipate that the post-holder will have a range of transferable skills and interests and the following is an indication of what we consider to be important.

Knowledge

  • Good understanding of the Welsh National Curriculum.
  • Good knowledge of heritage learning techniques.
  • Minimum graduate-level qualification in history, education or heritage education.
  • Knowledge of local communities, community groups and ways they aspire to preserve their local heritage
  • An understanding of conservation and/or heritage management techniques (desirable).

 Skills

  • Self-motivated, to be able to work confidently on own initiative, including the time management of a varied and flexible work pattern.
  • The ability to enthuse, motivate and engage with diverse audiences.
  • The ability to think creatively and convert ideas to practical activities.
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking and literacy.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Welsh language speaker (advantageous but not essential).

Experience

  • Some experience in delivering life-long learning events with people from different backgrounds and ages.
  • Experience of designing and developing heritage education programmes.
  • Experience of recruiting, training and working with volunteers.
  • Experience of partnership working or working collaboratively to achieve results.
  • Broad experience of developing and fostering relationships with community groups or outreach programmes.

Personal Qualities

  • Likes to work as part of a small team whilst being able to work on their own.
  • Thrives on dealing with the public in face-to face situations.
  • Enthusiasm, persistence and patience.

To apply (or for further enquiries) please send your CV and covering letter to:

The Director
Picton Castle
The Rhos
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA62 4AS
or via email to culture@pictoncastle.co.uk

Please include the names of 2 referees in your application.

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