DIY Volunteer Role Description

DIY Volunteer Role Description

Place of Volunteering: Fort Amherst, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4UB.

Reporting to: Volunteer Supervisor.

Responsible for: Assisting in the general upkeep of the Fort Amherst Site.

Role profile: As a member of the Maintenance team your DIY skills will play an integral part of Fort Amherst’s future by maintaining and securing the structure of the Fort.  The projects which you will be involved with will be incredibly varied and there are plenty of opportunities to gain additional skills.  Some days you will be working alongside a team and on other days you could be working independently. 

Working hours: As agreed with the volunteer supervisor but a regular volunteering pattern of a certain number of hours per day / week / month would be expected to allow tasks and activities to be scheduled and delivered.

General Tasks:

These include:

- Painting and decorating.

- Basic carpentry, plumbing or building works.

- Maintaining structures, buildings and facilities across the site.

- Repairing and maintaining a range of artifacts across the site.

- Carrying out minor repairs across the site

- Maintaining the secure boundaries around the site.

- Assisting in the preparation for events.

You will need to be able to:

- Follow Health and Safety guidance and use equipment in accordance with any guideline or manufacturers guidance.

- Ensure that any tools that have been supplied by the Fort are returned in a similar condition to how they were supplied.

- Advise the Volunteer Supervisor of any damaged equipment.

- Ensure that Health and Safety of our visitors, volunteers or staff is not compromised in any way.

- Liaise with the Volunteer Supervisor regarding any incidents that may occur throughout the day.

Should you have a specific skill please discuss this with the Volunteer Supervisor (i.e. professional carpenter/ bricklayer/ plumber / electrician etc.)

Appearance Guidelines: As Fort Amherst is a visitor attraction and a public park, you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing at all times so as to maintain a professional image. Further details of the clothing policy can be found within the volunteer guidelines As this role involves work both outside and inside buildings that may not have electricity or heating it is important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and the tasks being completed Should Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be needed you will be issued with it accordingly. Please note that if you supply your own PPE it is your responsibility to ensure it is in good condition and suitable for use.

Conduct Guidelines: As Fort Amherst is a visitor attraction and a public park, it is important that we portray a professional image.  Swearing, offensive language or behaviour of any type will not be tolerated and will lead to disciplinary action being taken. In your role you may be approached by a member of public with questions about the Fort and its history. If this happens please assist them as much as possible, in a polite manner.  Should you not know the answer to the visitor’s question please ask another team member or direct the visitor to enquire at the Visitor Centre.

Legal Requirement: Should you be responsible for a team of people at Fort Amherst you may require an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check.  This will be arranged and paid for by Fort Amherst Heritage Trust. Should you have any concerns regarding this check please speak with the Volunteer Supervisor first before the CRB request is submitted.

Training & Development: Where required any training will be provided by way of “on the job training” from other experienced members of our maintenance team.  After you have been with us for some time and subject to agreement by the Trust there may be the opportunity to participate in nationally recognized certificates, such as NVQ.