Work with us: Become a house elf!

These jobs don’t come up very often at Charlecote …

Sam, our wonderful House Elf, has left us to take up a new role at Mary Arden’s Farm. Whilst we’re incredibly sad to see her go, we are really pleased she’s staying nearby and joining our pals at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. But, you see, Sam leaves some pretty big boots to fill… which is why we’re not just looking for one new house elf to join the team but TWO!

Sam (right) during the winter clean!

Sam (right) during the winter clean!

It is quite a varied and hands on role. Working behind the scenes but also in front of our visitors too.

Our ideal house elf must:

– be a team worker, although they must be equally comfortable with working alone on occasions, such as at weekends. 

– be prepared to get stuck in! This is a very physical job which requires much stamina and energy.

– not be afraid of heights! Our elves carry out lifting and carrying jobs and are often required to work from ladders, in confined spaces and in dusty conditions!

– warm blooded – or have good thermals! During the autumn and winter the conservation heating controls can result in cold working conditions within the house.

This role will include weekend (approximately alternate during house open season), Bank Holiday and occasional out-of-hours work. It will also include having to work early mornings throughout the year (with the house opening to visitors 6 days a week from 11am, we need to be early risers to get the jobs done).

Still interested? Want to know more about what the elves do each day? Take a look back at some of our blog posts from the House Elves – they’ll give you a great insight into the job!

Applications close on 7 March. Head to our jobs website and put ‘charlecote’ or job reference ‘IRC13635′ in the advanced search to apply.

Good luck!


A varied week in the park and garden

The other day someone asked me to describe an average day in the park and garden department and it made me realise just how much variety I had in my job because I really don’t have an ‘average’ day . Every day and every week seems to bring something new and different along and this week has certainly been no exception.

My week started with the wonderful Passport Taster days. The Passport programme is a one year training programme offering seven people, nationwide, the opportunity to spend a year in a National Trust property learning about Historic garden or Parkland management. The great thing about this programme is that you don’t need any experience or qualifications to apply. All you need is a real passion for the outdoors and desire to start a career in the heritage sector.

The taster days were run over two days and we had over forty people come along to find out what the Passport is all about. In between bouts of sun and rain the applicants got a tour of the garden, potted up some plants in the greenhouse (to take home with them) and helped us to mulch the borders. They finished their visit with a goodie bag (containing lovely Thompson and Morgan flowers seeds) and a cup of tea and a biscuit in our Orangery restaurant.

On Valentine ’s Day we were joined by Rachel McCombie and Lee Ingram. They planted our third ‘Celebration’ tree in Hill Park to celebrate having their first date at Charlecote in 2012. It was a sweet chestnut and we managed to finish planting just before the rain started!

tree valentine

Unfortunately the week didn’t end too well. High winds caused a great amount of damage to the park. We lost a number of trees and our beautiful carved boar statue was damaged and has had to be removed. We are now busy organising tree safety checks and a full restoration programme to try and get things repaired and back to normal as soon as possible.

On the bright side it does feel like spring is just around the corner – the snow drops are in full flower, the Rangers are preparing the lambing area and the gardeners have made some lovely hyacinth displays for the restaurant and the house

This next week I will be organising emergency tree works, buying a new boat so that we can clear the river, learning how to complete an archaeology survey, writing a training programme, shopping for some new pigs and maybe painting our benches a lovely shade of blue!

So would you like a little more variety in your life? How about joining the Park and Garden team at Charlecote? We are currently recruiting a full time (12 month contract) Assistant Gardener, a part time (3 days per week, 12 month contract) Ranger and a Passport trainee. Have a look on and pop ‘charlecote’ in the advanced search to see our vacancies, role profiles and apply!

Lisa, Park & Garden Manager

Work with us… Business Support Coordinator

It is with mixed emotions that I write this post. Both excitement at what lies ahead and sadness as I face leaving my lovely Charlecote for a year*.

Late March, I will be heading off on maternity leave, preparing for quite a different year ahead. This means that I will be handing over my reigns to… erm… well, we don’t know yet! Could it be you?

My role is so varied I can barely describe my ‘typical’ day at work. Working across all the departments, supporting in different ways, I get to see every side of property life. I’m not sure if you can quite fit it all into a standard job description but we had a good go!


I get to look after this blog and our other social media platforms – one of my favourite bits of the job! But I also champion our green practices, attend off-site meetings to represent Charlecote, cover duty management responsibilities, answer endless emails and sometimes lend an extra hand when our retail or house elves need it.

One of my colleagues in the same role at Coughton Court recently celebrated her 10 years in post and shared her thoughts of the role on their facebook page: Click on the image to make it larger.


N.B. Previous to 2014, this role has been referred to as ‘Property Administrator’ but will be Business Support Coordinator

But fear not, I am cramming all that I can into my handover notes which currently consists of 2 files full of hints, tips, advice and step-by-step instructions. I’ve been at Charlecote for over 6 years now, so it feels like there is a lot to fit in!

If you’re interested in the role, get an application in by 9 March 2014. More information can be found on our National Trust jobs website (job reference: IRC13301 or go to advanced search ‘charlecote’)

* I will of course, be making sure I visit the park regularly to enjoy the views through the seasons and attend the ever-popular family events!


Every day is different at the National Trust…

Ruth, Administrator

Work with us…

Time is running out if you’ve not yet put in an application for some of our exciting job vacancies!

Just a quick reminder, if you want to join our team as a member of staff, we’re currently on the look out for the following roles…

A Gardener:

This 12 month post is ideal for anyone with green fingers and a passion for the outdoors. Our gardens and grounds are just as significant as the house and its fabulous collections. We need a gardener who recognises this and wants to be part of a practical and dynamic team. You’ll also meet many of our visitors and will need to be confident to help answer their questions and provide a warm welcome to the site.

Visitors meeting a National Trust gardener, in the gardens of Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales, on a sunny day in July.

We’ve lots of blog posts about what is happening to develop and maintain the grounds so do have a look through them to get a feel for the role and meet our current team.

Closing date: 28 January.

A Visitor Experience Officer

We’re a bit sad… Beth, our current VEO, is leaving us. She is heading to the dizzy heights of Heelis (our central office in Swindon) on a 6-month secondment. Whilst this is wonderful for her, and the Heelis team who will be working with her, that does leave us a little lost. We’re looking for someone who can help us bridge the gap whilst she’s away. Beth plays an important role in the delivery of exceptional customer care and accessibility for all visitors. Whilst Charlecote is an amazing place to be, make no mistake, this is a demanding role and calls for someone with bags of enthusiasm. You need to be practical and hands on with excellent communication skills, whilst being confident working to targets.

Smiling visitors are what we like : Seb, Luca, William and Isobel had a fun time in the kitchens making sugar mice with the cook!

Providing a great experience and smiling visitors is the name of the game! Here Seb, Luca, William and Isobel had a fun time in the kitchens making sugar mice with the cook.

More information is on our National Trust jobs website, along with a full role profile.

Closing date: 29 January.

A Front of House & Volunteering Coordinator

No two days are ever the same at Charlecote, and that’s what makes this job so exciting! Are you cool under pressure, love working with people and willing to get hands on? Take a look at the role profile and see if you meet the criteria. With over 160,000 visitors each year, you can really make a difference to each and everyone’s day and help us to ensure the smooth-running of the site.

Custodian Naomi Hutchinson with the keys of the house at Sutton House, Hackney.

*This role has had a bit of a name change and the role profile revamped but you can get a flavour of what the job entails on this blog post, written by one of our previous members of staff.

Closing date: 4 February.

A Passport to your future trainee (Managing Historic Gardens)

This Heritage Lottery Funded scheme is a great way to get the experience and training you need to put you in a good stead for a career in horticulture. We’re really pleased to be taking part in the scheme for a second year.

Gardener working in the garden at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire.

Hannah, our first trainee, spend her time at Charlecote learning the skills on the job. She was able to get hands on and try her hand at designing planting schemes and became a really valued member of our team. At the end of her placement she was able to go on to a job at a local estate, Alscot. Although we miss her greatly, we know she is destined for great things.

Are you? Put in an application soon to be in with a chance!

If you would like to attend a Taster day to find our more visit the Passport to your future website.

Closing date: 1 March.

Alternatively, don’t forget that we’re always welcoming new volunteers to the team! Many of the roles are listed on the South Warwickshire Heritage Portal.