Spitfire Cockpit Volunteer
Royal Air Force Museum, Midlands is looking for Volunteers for its “Spitfire Cockpit” role. You will join a team of people devoted to telling the Royal Air Force story through its people and collections. This experience is brought to life by the volunteers who facilitate this.
You will join a team of people devoted to telling the Royal Air Force story through its people and collections. This experience is brought to life by the volunteers who support it.
What is the role?
This role consists of assisting visitors with our new Spitfire Cockpit Experience. The spitfire cockpit experience will consist of a 5-minute session sitting inside, being provided with a guided talk of the controls by the on-hand volunteer. Additionally, the visitor will be able to take a photo in the cockpit, and have a printout placed in a personalised photo booklet. Visitors will use a souvenir kiosk to download their Cockpit photo.
What will I be doing?
- Providing a warm welcome and a friendly face,
- Inspecting receipts of visitors going into the cockpit,
- Guide visitors getting up and down the steps into the cockpit,
- Taking photos on the visitor’s mobile phones or similar devices while the visitors are sitting in the cockpit, if asked.
- Sharing Spitfire facts and stories (we will give you this information),
- Ensuring all procedures are followed in line with museum guidelines,
- Maintaining an awareness of what’s happening around you to ensure your safety and the visitors.
This role is perfect for you if you…
- Are enthusiastic about the role and willing to learn new skills,
- Enjoy meeting a range of people,
- Are able to work with others as part of a team,
- Are polite and will speak to all visitors in a positive and friendly manner,
- Are punctual and reliable,
- Are comfortable being in a busy place which at times gets crowded and noisy,
- Are a minimum age of 18 years of age.
- Are able speak clearly and confidently to answer visitor questions,
- Are physically able to climb a number of steps, be active and able to bend and stretch (you may be on your feet for 5 hours). We can provide a perch chair if requested.
How much time would I need to commit?
Initially it will be for school holiday periods and weekends with a view to extending beyond these. Shifts will be: 10.00-15:30 with time for a break. Some flexibility in shift times can be arranged.
What’s in it for me?
- All new volunteers are given an induction walk around tour by the museum’s operations team. This will include basic health and safety points such as the location of first aid boxes/fire doors/extinguishers and gives all new starters an idea of the basic lay out of the site.
- You will be trained and assessed to operate your area of responsibility in a safe and efficient manner.
- Additional training can include the following:
- Safeguarding training for the protection of children and at-risk adults.
- Customer Service Training.
- Expenses paid up to £14.50 per day for travel
- Discount at the food and retail Museum outlets.
- Social events.
- Free entry to a wide selection of other museum and heritage sites and exhibitions nationwide.
How can I get involved?
What happens next?
Please apply online and you will be invited to an open day on 14 August at 10am-12 in the Conference Room at the RAF Museum Midlands, Lysander Avenue, Cosford, TF11 8UP.