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Welcome Information Volunteers

Welcome Information Volunteers

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS, UK
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Forestry England
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Summary

Welcome information point volunteers are a key element of our visitor services team in helping everyone to get the very best from their time with us.

Detailed description

Westonbirt’s historic Victorian landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by Forestry England and attracts thousands of visitors each year – Welcome information point volunteers are a key element of our visitor services team in helping everyone to get the very best from their time with us. This busy, varied and fulfilling role welcomes visitors to the arboretum and helps them to enjoy a memorable day out.  

 

When/Where

Information will be provided from inside the Welcome Building surrounding area (weather permitting) and will be in operation every day 10am-4.00pm, manned by a minimum of two volunteers at a time.

Shifts will be split and there will be the ability to take breaks during the shift:

  • 10.00 am -1.00 pm - morning shift
  • 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm – afternoon shift

If you would like to do a full day, please feel free to sign up to both the morning and afternoon shift.

 

 

What’s involved?

  • Providing excellent customer service in the Welcome Building and surrounding area (weather permitting).
  • Advising seasonal highlights, trail routes, signature events, and answering queries.
  • Issuing mobility scooters/wheelchairs safely to visitors. Returning mobility scooters/wheelchairs and following current cleaning procedure between hires.
  • Communicating confidently with people both face-to-face and via on-site radio.
  • Ensure visitor feedback, both positive and negative, is recorded and escalated through the appropriate channels
  • Staying calm and focused when dealing with lots of people during peak periods.
  • Answer the telephone when required to respond to customer queries.
  • Promote the benefits of becoming a member of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (FOWA) to support Westonbirt’s 10-year vision
  • Discuss further ways to support Westonbirt Arboretum such as Support A Square, Leaves of Life and general donations.
  • Encourage day visitors to sign-up to FOWA membership onsite, via tablets.
  • Be able to turn admission discount questions into positive membership conversions.
  • Direct all other membership queries to FoWA (Friends of Westonbirt) team.
  • Support the Visitor Services team proactively, as appropriate.

 

 

We’d like you to be

  • A proactive, people-person with a warm welcoming style who can communicate with all kinds of visitors.
  • Enjoy working outdoors and be reliable, positive, patient.
  • Keen to share your enthusiasm for the arboretum with others.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 10-12 shifts per annum (you can of course do more if you have the time) with 50% of your shifts focussed on weekends.

 

We will

  • Provide role training, including – site knowledge, engaging with the public, issuing of mobility equipment, FOWA, procedures and systems, Health & Safety, and the learning family events programme for the year ahead.
  • Provide volunteer uniform and name badge.
  • Provide ongoing support onsite from both FE staff and the FoWA team.
  • Ensure you are always with another volunteer
  • Help you to complete the required Disclosure and Barring System checks (a basic DBS is required for this role).
  • Pay a contribution to the cost of volunteering travel.

 

How to apply

 

Join us at our recruitment morning on Saturday 21st January 2023 from 10am to approx. 12pm to find out more about the role and to find out about the application process.

Please sign up to attend the recruitment morning as there are limited spaces. A link to the form can be found on our website.



 

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The organiser has marked this opportunity as filled. Applications are closed. You can find other volunteering opportunities here.
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About Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Forestry England

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is cared for by Forestry England. As well as ensuring Westonbirt’s long-term future, its mission is to connect people with trees to improve the quality of life. Volunteering plays a fundamental part supporting this mission, providing essential help in maintaining the arboretum and making visitors feel welcome.