Acting as a Guide on site is an interesting and rewarding area to work in.
The site has a unique history and contains many important historical objects. Visitors come from many varied organisations and groups, who will be taken around the site. Local W.I. Groups could be here on one day, on another, a coach trip of foreign students travelling around Britain studying the heritage and culture of the UK. The Boat Museum has guided tours, historic boat collections, collection of cottages, paper archives, educational resources, art and craft exhibitions, museum artefacts and displays a cafeteria, shop, conference facilities and front of house. Guides lead tours and site tours for children and adults. Crew and deliver commentary aboard the boat trip, the trips last on average 45 minutes and take visitors out of the museum along the canal towards Chester. Tour guides may also attend events to represent the museum and engage with visitors in many areas of the site, possibly in character and sometimes in costume, although this is not a compulsory element of the role.
There are some essential skills and qualities needed that are common to all our volunteers. They must be willing to talk to people and engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Be willing to commit a regular amount of time to the task and be flexible in time-keeping and time commitment, sometimes including bank holiday.
You must be willing to work as part of a team, the opportunities will help you learn new skills and techniques and you will need to adopt any safety and other procedures required by the museum. The museum will provide training refreshments and your lunch.
DBS check will be required for this role, interview, application form, trial period.