Volunteering with Fort Amherst Heritage Trust


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Here you will find all information on our volunteering opportunities to help support our important work at Fort Amherst.

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Our current volunteer opportunities

Tour Guide

Tour Guide Volunteer Job Description

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for Tour Guides to guide all our visitors through our Tunnel network and external spaces.  You should be a confident public speaker and enjoy sharing your love of history to people of all ages.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Being the face of Fort Amherst
  • Welcoming all visitors in a polite and professional manner.
  • Share factually accurate history and stories with our visitors.
  • Ensure each of our visitors are kept safe whilst on a tour.
  • Engage a variety of people.
  • Answer questions politely and confidently
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Requirements & Skills

  • Excellent communicator
  • Customer Service skills
  • Patience and react well under pressurised situations
  • A love of history and heritage
  • A good memory

 Tour Guide

Gardener

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for gardeners to assist with maintaining our 20 acres of green spaces.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Install and maintain seasonal plants
  • Mow, trim and fertilise green spaces
  • Mulch, edge and weed gardens
  • Prune and trim trees and bushes
  • Maintain all gardening equipment and machinery, such as mowers and trimmers
  • Monitor the health of our plants
  • Report and deal with pest or fungal infections which could damage the plants
  • Keep all green spaces clear of litter and debris
  • Adhere to all site Health and Safety

Requirements & Skills

  • Previous experience as a garden preferred but not essential
  • Familiarity with landscaping preferred but not essential
  • Knowledge of regional plant life preferred but not essential
  • Knowledge of local pests and how to eliminate them preferred but not essential
  • Ability to life heavy objects in line with the Manual Handling regulations
  • A love of the outdoors and plant life
  • Commitment to safety
  • Apprenticeship or previous experience is preferred.

Training will be available for this role, with the potential to learn new skills.

Bricklayer

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for skilled bricklayers to assist with maintaining our historical buildings throughout site.  You must be confident in reading and analysing building plans, checking specifications and following strict heritage guidelines.  You should also be able to mix mortar powder, sand clay and water to obtain acceptable consistency.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Analysing and interpreting building plans
  • Laying bricks
  • Applying or removing grout with a trowel
  • Strengthening and sealing foundations with appropriate materials
  • Repairing building blocks and chimneys
  • Refurbishing stonework
  • Accurate measure to ensure adherence with strict guidelines
  • Understanding and managing the quantities of materials required for the job
  • Using tools such as hand tools, brick cutting machines but also spirit levels and plumb lines to ensure building alignment

Requirements & Skills

  • Be detail orientated and have a methodical approach
  • Have knowledge of construction and building
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Be manual and agile with their hands
  • Commitment to safety
  • Apprenticeship or previous experience is preferred.

Labourer

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for general labourers to assist with manual tasks and support operations on site.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Clean up site after works.
  • Assist our skilled tradespeople on site
  • Handle and transport materials and equipment
  • Use power tools and machinery when needed (only when trained)
  • Assist with putting up warning signs
  • Help with the setting up and transferring of temporary structure (i.e. scaffolding)
  • Report issues with equipment or unsafe conditions

Requirements & Skills

  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the job (standing for long periods, lifting heavy loads in accordance with manual handling regulations
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Familiarity with power tools is advantageous but not essential
  • Commitment to safety
  • Apprenticeship or previous experience is preferred

Training will be available for this role, with the potential to learn new skills

Event Team

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for Event Staff to assist with their seasonal events throughout the year.  You should be confident speaking with people and following basic instructions relating to the event taking place.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Being the face of Fort Amherst
  • Welcoming all visitors in a polite and professional manner.
  • Assist with setting up and closing down events on site
  • Ensure that the even space is kept clean
  • Excellent levels of customer service
  • Act as ticket and entrance control
  • Ensure each of our visitors are kept safe whilst on a tour.
  • Answer questions politely and confidently

 

Requirements & Skills

  • Excellent communicator
  • Customer Service skills
  • Patience and react well under pressurised situations
  • Excellent team worker
  • Friendly demeanour

 

Training will be available for this role, with the potential to learn new skills.

Beekeeper

We are recruiting for a skilled volunteer Beekeeper to raise and care for our honeybee colonies. As a Beekeeper, you will be responsible for building and maintaining beehives, inducting wild swarms, collecting honey and royal jelly, removing hive parasites, and maintaining the health of the hive. You may also be required to sterilise or destroy hives and cultivate queen bees for commercial purposes.

To ensure success as a Beekeeper, you should have a passion for beekeeping, the ability to stay calm under pressure, and a desire to work outdoors. Ultimately, a first class Beekeeper maintains healthy hives and produces high-quality honeybee products.

Beekeeper Duties

  • Proven work experience as a Beekeeper.
  • Excellent knowledge of plant and animal biology.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Basic woodworking skills.
  • Able to lift heavy objects.
  • Will to work flexible hours.
  • Happy to work unsupervised.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

Beekeeper Requirements

  • Assemble beehives to desired specifications.
  • Insert honeycombs and induct wild swarms into prepared hives.
  • Force bees from a hive using a smoke pot to inspect the hive and retrieve honey.
  • Collect honey and royal jelly.
  • Destroy excess queen bee cells to prevent the division of a colony.
  • Scrap out hive parasites and removing vermin.
  • Destroy diseased bee colonies.
  • Cultivate queen bees for sale to other Apiarists.
  • Arrange the sale of honey.
  • Splitting colonies.
  • Proven work experience as a Beekeeper.
  • Excellent knowledge of plant and animal biology.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Basic woodworking skills.
  • Able to lift heavy objects.
  • Will to work flexible hours.
  • Happy to work unsupervised.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Carpentry

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for carpenters to assist with all of our woodwork projects on site.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • Read blueprints, drawings and sketches to fully grasp requirements
  • Take measurements and calculate the size and amount of material needed
  • Cut, shape and smooth lumber and other material (e.g. fiberglass) according to measurements
  • Build window frames, doors, staircases and frame buildings by using raw materials or pre-constructed items
  • Lay out floorings, roofings or drywalls ensuring they are levelled and compatible
  • Carve and assemble furniture, cabinets, shelves and other items and install them where designated
  • Inspect places and conduct repairs or maintenance
  • Build scaffolding and other construction structures

Requirements & Skills

  • Proven experience as carpenter
  • Hands-on experience in working with carpentry materials
  • Excellent understanding of carpentry techniques and methods of installation and construction
  • Proficient in using electrical and manual equipment and measurement tools (powered saws, hammers, rulers etc.)
  • Ability to read technical documents and drawings
  • Willingness to follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Good understanding of basic math

 

Training will be available for this role, with the potential to learn new skills.

Archives

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is looking for archivists to join our archives team.

Fort Amherst is the UK’s largest Napoleonic Fort, which is maintained and protected almost entirely by volunteers.  By volunteering at Fort Amherst, you will be helping to preserve Medway’s history, whilst also potentially learning new skills and making new friends.

Responsibilities

  • evaluate records for preservation and retention
  • assess items that may be fragile and need careful handling, repair or conservation
  • catalogue collections and manage information and records
  • promote your work through exhibitions, presentations, talks and visits
  • liaise with donors and depositors of archives
  • advise and support users on how best to access, use and interpret archives
  • prepare record-keeping systems and procedures for archival research and for the retention or destruction of records
  • maintain user-friendly, computer-aided search systems
  • be customer focused and respond to enquiries from the public, businesses, academics and other users
  • identify ways of protecting and preserving collections
  • arrange the acquisition and retrieval of records

Requirements & Skills

  • a genuine interest in history and in preserving records for posterity
  • good communication skills to relate to, and encourage, a range of users
  • a logical approach to the work of identification and classification
  • an understanding of research skills in order to help users access materials
  • the ability to skim and understand an extensive and varied range of material
  • attention to detail and accuracy
  • the ability to anticipate and respond to changing needs and digital media
  • a commitment to the profession and to professional development
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • good IT skills and an interest in applying digital technology to archiving

Training will be available for this role, with the potential to learn new skills.

Mission Statement

The Mission

The mission of Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is to restore and protect Fort Amherst and develop it as a premier heritage and leisure attraction.

The Vision

Develop and promote Fort Amherst as a sustainable centre of history and culture within the unique context of Medway’s military heritage.

The Aims

  • Enable & Encourage Social Participation
    Involve all members of the community including those who are subject to social exclusion or the disadvantaged, with particular focus on young people, removing barriers for participation.
  • Restore & Maintain Fort Amherst
    Bring back into sustainable use the grounds and buildings in keeping with scheduled ancient monument status, being mindful of stakeholder and partner organisation’s aims and objectives.  Maintaining public access for historical and leisure purposes.
  • Generate Resources by Raising Awareness of the Mission
    Ensure the long-term stability and financial sustainability through income generation and by acquiring grants and third-party support.
  • Achieve Organisational and Operational Excellence
    To achieve high levels of governance through well defined policies and procedures.  Value and recognise the contribution made by our staff and volunteers.
  • Create a Research and Archive Facility
    Make available the Fort’s research and archive facilities and make it available for all.  Promote and encourage the research of Fort Amherst’s (and associated defence works) significant historical importance from both a military and social perspective.
  • Become a Leading Tourist Attraction
    Be recognised and acknowledged as a successful tourist attraction, gaining recognition for the services that are provided to members of the public.