South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Caretaker - Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Opportunity to join the team at Arnos Vale, a special place which people love to visit; a fascinating site, full of memories, culture, history, nature, wellbeing and busy with events.


Arnos Vale is a special place which people love to visit; a fascinating site, full of memories, culture, history, nature, wellbeing and busy with events. On any day of the week, the site can attract a large number of visitors for a great variety of reasons: from those visiting a family grave, to others who want to explore the history of Victorian Bristol, or just sample the wares of the café. The range of events and activities offered is a major draw for visitors, so we are now very focused on welcoming visitors and ensuring that they have an enjoyable experience. We host weddings in our Grade 2* Listed Victorian chapels and our woodland venue, hire out our buildings for meetings, classes, talks, theatre, education and family activities, and the site has also been used as a film location. With a busy programme of events taking place throughout the year, there is always a range of challenges and opportunities to respond to. The cemetery is free to enter and visitors can explore it with guide books and leaflets. People regularly use the site for leisure, commuting and exercise. We also offer a range of volunteering opportunities from landscape maintenance and supporting children’s workshops, to working on reception, guiding tours and undertaking historical research. We really value the contributions of our volunteers. As a not-for-profit organisation, all our income is put back into preserving, enhancing and developing this special place. We’re a small team, so we all help each other out and regularly need to react to changes to ensure that the site operates efficiently and safely.


As caretaker, you will work independently and with colleagues to maintain the fantastic resources to a high standard and to constantly try to improve our service. Training will be provided where needed. You will need to be an active, enthusiastic and energetic team member who is adaptable to change and is passionate about this unique site. You will need to take real pride in your work, be comfortable with regular cleaning and building maintenance, as well as other practical tasks. We’d love to find someone who is as excited as we are by the potential of this place at the heart of the community.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To build good relationships with all users to facilitate the smooth running of the Cemetery and a positive visitor experience
  2. To carry out regular cleaning to keep the public buildings and general offices in good, clean working order, including: toilet cleaning, floor cleaning, recycling and rubbish clearance, other general cleaning duties as agreed with line manager.
  3. To prepare and set up rooms and site ready for events. Clearing away afterwards and turning the room around ready for the next event. This will include moving furniture, setting up equipment, cleaning, site signage and car parking arrangements for funerals, weddings and other busy public events.
  4. Opening and closing the Cemetery site to the public.
  5. To carry out regular compliance inspections and check that systems are in good working order, including emergency lighting, fire protection systems, CCTV, water temperature testing.
  6. Liaise with contractors carrying out specialist work.
  7. Carry out general building maintenance tasks as required, such as painting, decorating, replacing light bulbs, some carpentry and small construction works and minor repairs.
  8. Be responsible for the maintenance and safe operation of the historic entrance gates.
  9. Be aware of health and safety issues and comply with the Health and Safety Policy, reporting any non-compliance immediately to the Estate Manager.
  10. To respond to enquiries and escalate them to the appropriate department when required.
  11. To ensure that tools and equipment are maintained and stored appropriately to meet operational and health and safety requirements.
  12. Assist other team members, including facilitating at funerals, weddings and other private and public events or incidents, as required.
  13. Carry out all duties in accordance with the Policies of the Trust.
  14. To respond to other duties as required by the Estate Manager

Caretaker Managed by: Estate Manager

Location: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 3EW

Working hours: 36 hours per week: 7.30am – 5pm Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, although this may vary due to operational needs.


To apply for this role, please send a covering letter, CV and a completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form (available on the job advert on our website www.arnosvale.org.uk) by Thursday 5th December to nick.bull@arnosvale.org.uk Alternatively, by post to Nick Bull, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW.

Organisation name: Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Contact name: Nick Bull

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01179719117

Contact website: http://www.arnosvale.org.uk

Type: Part-time (permanent)

Salary: £17,544 Pro rata (actual £16,842)

Location: Bristol

Deadline for completed applications: Thursday 05 December 2019

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