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Estate Volunteer - Stowmarket

Description of the role:

To assist the Estate Manager and Estate Officer in the daily management of the museum Estate and learn basic estate management skills and techniques essential for the running of a heritage site. In addition to general work, to support in Higher Level Stewardship by carrying out a project throughout the duration of the placement.

Opportunity Activities: Architecture and Building Work, Gardening, General and Helping, Local Events
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Lots of energy
Ability to work alone and as part of a team
Ability to work outside in all weathers

What skills will be learned / gained?

Livestock care

Ensure the highest welfare and care standards are applied to all captive animals within the museum grounds and that particular concern is shown toward the following:

• Horses and other animals are worked for public demonstration managed to the highest welfare standards.
• Stock levels for animals’ feedstuffs are managed.
• Pest control is carried out in an efficient and humane manner

Estate care

Ensure the museum’s estate is well kept and attractive, and that particular concern is shown toward the following
• Grass is mown, strimmed and tidy,
• Bridges and paths are safe, well maintained, clear from debris and dangerous overhanging branches
• Buildings and their surrounding areas are clean tidy and well maintained.
• Signs/direction arrows are maintained and up to date.
• The site is kept litter free

Ensure the estate is secure and that the highest standards of health and safety are maintained and particular concern is shown toward the following
• Gates are closed at the end of business and locked when necessary.
• Fencing is stock proof and free from vegetation.
• Seats are safe and well maintained.
• Ponds and rivers are well maintained and the water levels managed in accordance with statutory regulations and seasonal rainfall.
• Drains and gutters are clear from debris at all times

Security of estate and equipment

Ensure that Tools and equipment are used in a safe manner and stored in the appropriate areas at the end of work each day. All Estate vehicles are checked for oil, water and lubrication before and after use. Ensure highest standards of Health and Safety

Events Management

Assist in the set up and take down of events, including setting up and taking down marquees, moving tables and chairs, clearing rubbish.

Visitor services

Provide support to the Estate Manager in ensuring the highest standards of customer care.

Higher Level Stewardship

Support the HLS Officer in the delivery of the museum’s Higher Level Stewardship status,
including researching and developing specialist skills in managing water meadows using traditional
methods of livestock management, including developing knowledge of rare breeds of sheep and
cattle and their management.

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

Over 16s only

Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Museum of East Anglian Life
Organisation Profile:

The museum is a charity with an educational purpose. Its principal activity is to preserve, research and display its collection of historic buildings and artefacts reflecting varied aspects of East Anglian life, and to provide displays and events to attract a wide cross-section of visitors for amenity and educational purposes. It was founded in 1967 by the Suffolk Local History Society and the then East Suffolk County Council. It was enhanced and developed jointly by the Abbot’s Hall Trust and Suffolk County Council, each of which is responsible for part of the land. In 1985, the museum was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and given charitable status.

Today, the Museum of East Anglian Life is a social enterprise sharing the compelling story of East Anglian lives through historic buildings, collections and landscape. We aim to enrich people’s lives, encouraging enjoyment, learning and participation through our public programmes, training and volunteering schemes. The museum is a space for people to be active, learn new things, look at the world differently, make friends and give something back.