National Trust - Leith Hill (nr Dorking)


Volunteer Minibus Driver

As the first port of call for visitors to the house, you will set the tone for a visit to Leith Hill Place.  Working with a team of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers and staff you will be an ambassador for the National Trust and for this special place we look after.  Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who was also connected with the Wedgwood family and Charles Darwin. 

The house is still a work in progress and is an unusually informal National Trust place, where we run our kitchen on a donations basis and even allow visitors to bring their dogs in.

We have a number of events including evening concerts where a minibus is used to make access to the house easier for visitors.

Duties required

  • You will be driving about four hundred yards from the car park to the house in a National Trust minibus and several journeys will be required.
  • Some visitors might need additional help to climb into the bus. 
  • At the end of the evening (generally finished by 9pm) you will need to shuttle the audience back to their cars.
  • Before the event the minibus needs to be prepared and possibly cleaned as it is used by the Leith Hill rangers during the week for outdoor work. This is not an absolute requirement of the role, but it would assist us if you are also willing to take on this aspect when required.

 

What are we looking for?

  • We need outgoing, happy, positive people who will greet visitors with a smile and our famous warm welcome. Your enthusiasm and love of the house will shine through and you are encouraged to read and learn about the history so that you can share that with visitors. 
  • A knowledge of the National Trust and its work is desirable, as is a flexible approach and good team spirit. 
  • A clean driving licence with category D1 (automatic if you obtained your licence before 1997) is essential. Due to DVLA regulations applicants for this role must be under 70 years of age or a further test is required.

Our friendly volunteers have all joined us in the last two years so there is a great sense of teamwork and 'getting in at the ground level' while the house is in transition. You too can be a part of that.

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to meet new people, learn new skills and work as part of a friendly team, while really making a difference and helping to keep open and develop a new National Trust visitor attraction.
  • Travel expenses to and from your home can be claimed.
  • Tea, coffee and volunteer refreshments available (but not lunch.)
  • Volunteer parking is offsite but close by a few yards up Leith Hill Lane.
  • Access to a car is necessary as there is no public transport serving the house.
  • After 50 hours of volunteering, a National Trust volunteer card will be issued which gives benefits in other Trust places.

Contact us to join one of our information sessions or to arrange an initial meeting - just press on the black 'sign up' button on the right.