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‘F’ is for family

With both full time and temporary positions available, why don’t you join the Wicksteed Park family? We’re one of the region’s most popular attractions with an unrivaled heritage.

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Seasonal vacancies

We are looking forward to spring (and beyond) here at Wicksteed Park – yippee!

Who do you need?

We are on the lookout for:

  • Wicky’s Play Factory Party Entertainers
  • Bar Staff
  • Waiting Staff
  • ‘Fun Makers’ (ride operators / games attendants)
  • Catering ‘Foodies’
  • Catering Supervisors
  • Photo Booth Assistants
  • RUSH Instructors
  • Security Staff
  • Grounds Team Staff (grounds maintenance, litter picking, cleaning)

How do I apply?

To apply for any of the jobs listed, please send a covering letter and CV to hr@wicksteedpark.org

If you are applying for seasonal positions, please print off and complete our 2017 application form and either pop it into Reception or send it through the post. We will also require an attached photograph.

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Permanent vacancies

We are looking for individuals who take pride in delivering fabulous customer service, have an engaging rapport with the public and take satisfaction from performing well as an important part of the Wicksteed Park family.

Our current permanent vacancies are listed below:

If you have any questions, please contact the HR Administrator on: hr@wicksteedpark.org

Financial Controller / Financial Director Designate

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Negotiable from £40,000 p.a. plus Bonus based upon agreed targets

Closing date: 6 November 2017

Wicksteed Park in Kettering has a fantastic opportunity which has arisen due to retirement. This role is an exciting, varied and senior position looking after the entire accounting function and team based at this unique and important leisure park in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The successful candidate will oversee all financial operations in the organisation whilst, in conjunction with Directors and Trustees, develop a robust strategy to take the organisation forward.

You will be able to produce accurate and timely forecasting and financial data when required and must be able to drive strong financial performance and change across the business. You will help formulate and implement relevant development and investment strategies along with the evaluation of opportunities for commercially driven financial improvements and development of the Park.

The successful candidate will:

Be either ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified
Possess strong commercial leadership skills and form part of the senior management team
Have a proven track record of successful development of financial and I.T. systems
Have worked in the implementation and completion of an organisations long term strategy
Be familiar with legal statutory requirements
Wicksteed Park in Kettering is wholly owned by The Wicksteed Charitable Trust, founded in 1916 by Charles Wicksteed. As an inventor and engineer Charles designed and built play equipment, creating swings and slides, and making Wicksteed Park the first park to introduce children’s play.

Wicksteed Park Limited provides the main revenue stream to maintain the 147 acre English Heritage Grade II listed Park, gardens and lakes. The Wicksteed Charitable Trust is seeking an experienced and qualified finance professional to bring astute business knowledge and a strong commercial focus to this senior team.

Additional benefits include pension plus a performance related bonus.

Job Type: Permanent

Education Officer

Salary:                         £17,500 Pro Rata

Job Title:                      Education Officer

Hours:                          Part Time (24 hours per week)

Responsible to:            Community Link Manager

Responsible for:           Community & Education Volunteers

Introduction and Background to the Post:

Wicksteed Park in Kettering is wholly owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust, (founded in 1916 by Charles Wicksteed), and has remained one of the Midlands’ best-loved parks since its official opening in 1921.  Wicksteed Park Ltd is the trading subsidiary of the Trust, which provides the main revenue stream to maintain the 147 acre Park, gardens and lakes.

Wicksteed Park is of huge importance to local and regional heritage and is registered Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The Park is valued by the local community and is used by many local organisations for events. The Trust delivers a growing community and education programme, which involves schools, local community organisations and visitors to the park. This role supports the management and delivery of these activities and the development of further events.

We are seeking to recruit a part time Education Officer to join our team at this exciting time in the organisation’s history. This integral role will lead on our Learning Programmes, as part of an annual programme of events, learning, community, heritage and play, to ensure that we are delivering at the highest levels of excellence and ambition.

The Education officer will take the lead on developing the Learning programme in line with our organisation aims and objectives. They will ensure that Wicksteed Park continues to develop and create opportunities for the widest range of audiences to engage in innovative learning activities inspired by our special heritage and landscape. This includes programmes for schools and colleges; young people; families; community groups and adult audiences through public programmes and projects. They will supervise sessional education assistants and volunteers.

The successful applicant will have proven experience of devising and delivering engaging education and learning programmes in non-school environments and knowledge and enthusiasm for heritage, landscape and creative community learning. They will be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills, both written and verbal. Wicksteed Park is an ambitious organisation with a busy programme and it is vital that the successful candidate is driven, self-motivated and able to work flexibly and in a fast-paced environment.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Overall Job Objectives:

  1. To develop and deliver an annual programme of education and community learning activities.
  2. To engage and encourage participation for all in a variety of activities that creatively explore the natural history of the park, and its heritage.
  3. To raise awareness of our community and education programmes to existing and potential visitors including education providers, community organisations, businesses and individuals.
  4. To carry out Charles Wicksteed’s initial aims of how the Park should interact with both local and distant communities.
  5. To support and contribute to the development of community and educational Strategy based on what Wicksteed Park has / will have to offer.

Specific Tasks:

[Please note this is intended as a general guide only. It is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities.]
  • Use the Park’s own history (the Wicksteed Story, Hilda Wicksteed etc) to develop, promote and deliver high quality community and educational activities and events.
  • To ensure that events for schools are relevant and responsive to their educational/ curriculum needs.
  • To widen participation and ensure we are communicating our community and education offers to new and existing audiences.
  • To provide regular updates and evaluation of activities for Trust meetings, Community Link Manager and funders.
  • To further enhance the community and education offers of the park through on site interpretation, such as trails, leaflets etc.
  • Using the Park’s history and natural landscape to create new educational resources, such as resource boxes, online materials and lesson plans for teachers and other groups.
  • Contribute to the updating of the community and education section of the website.
  • To liaise with suppliers for community and educational events and materials.
  • To work within agreed budgets and finance polices in conjunction with Wicksteed Park’s finance team.
  • Provide valuable support, knowledge and expertise in community and educational areas and, identify specific opportunities to maximise all potential forms of income.
  • Raise the profile of Wicksteed Park as a high quality education and learning provider.
  • Maintain and update our database
  • To raise the profile of the park within the local community
  • To ensure that all health and safety obligations are met in all aspects of the role, in particular, to ensure implementation of our safeguarding policies
  • Adhere to all Wicksteed Park policies, procedures and systems.
  • To represent the Park and the Trust in professional manner and to act at all times in a manner which will not damage its reputation
  • Any other activities required for the successful delivery of the role, as required.

Key Relationships:

The role will be required to liaise with the whole Management team, especially the Community Link Manager, Managing Director, Head of Park Operations, Finance, Facilities and Ride Area Managers.

Hours of Duty:

This is a part time role, the candidate should be available to deliver activities during weekday school hours with occasional evening and weekend working required subject to programmes.

Person Specification:

Essential Desirable
At least 3 years’ experience of developing and delivering education and or community learning programmes. Experience of running community / education programmes in the heritage, creative or environmental sector
A relevant teaching/community learning  qualification or similar expertise A relevant degree
An enthusiastic and positive attitude with the ability to work and communicate with a range of people from different age groups and backgrounds. A strong interest in play, heritage and/or the environment
Skills and professionalism required to deliver educational and community events First Aid qualification
Understanding of the National Curriculum in England Awareness of community engagement and approaches to learning
Experience of developing learning resources for schools / community Experience in public speaking / presentations
Competent in the use of the Microsoft Office package Experience of of maintaining an online presence e.g. website, Twitter, Facebook.
The ability to work alone and as part of a team Experience audience development
Able to do some manual lifting (e.g. tables/chairs and resources when setting up and packing away events) Experience in developing risk assessments
Willingness to undertake training as required. Experience of planning and delivering large scale education or community events.
Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines Able to prioritise workload and manage own time effectively.
Willingness to work daytimes, evenings and weekends, if required.

Please ensure you send a covering letter with your CV, responding to the the person specification.

Senior Shift Leader

We are on the hunt for professional and friendly conference & banqueting team members, as well as several more senior roles, to join the team at Wicksteed Park’s Pavilion. With events for up to 900 people, you will be part of an exciting time at this stunning venue, working alongside our experienced C&B Manager to serve and run successful events including prestigious award dinners, conferences, weddings and Christmas parties.

Our Assistant C&B Manager, Senior Shift Leader and Shift Leaders will be responsible for running events, coordinating and supervising banqueting staff from preparation of materials, room set up, service to a high standard and clearing up / resetting after the function. You will maintain a close working relationship with the Events team and Head Chef to ensure that everything that is related to the function is understood and available when required.

Our Waiting staff and cleaning / set staff are expected to be well presented, hard-working, demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, be eager to learn, be reliable and flexible. You will also need to be friendly to our guests, considering and anticipating their needs.

In return for passion and dedication you will receive training, a competitive rate of pay and numerous staff discounts within the company.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please send your most up to date CV to naomi@wicksteedpark.org, stating which role(s) you would like to apply for.

Shift Leaders

We are on the hunt for professional and friendly conference & banqueting team members, as well as several more senior roles, to join the team at Wicksteed Park’s Pavilion. With events for up to 900 people, you will be part of an exciting time at this stunning venue, working alongside our experienced C&B Manager to serve and run successful events including prestigious award dinners, conferences, weddings and Christmas parties.

Our Assistant C&B Manager, Senior Shift Leader and Shift Leaders will be responsible for running events, coordinating and supervising banqueting staff from preparation of materials, room set up, service to a high standard and clearing up / resetting after the function. You will maintain a close working relationship with the Events team and Head Chef to ensure that everything that is related to the function is understood and available when required.

Our Waiting staff and cleaning / set staff are expected to be well presented, hard-working, demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, be eager to learn, be reliable and flexible. You will also need to be friendly to our guests, considering and anticipating their needs.

In return for passion and dedication you will receive training, a competitive rate of pay and numerous staff discounts within the company.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please send your most up to date CV to naomi@wicksteedpark.org, stating which role(s) you would like to apply for.

Waiting Staff

We are on the hunt for professional and friendly conference & banqueting team members, as well as several more senior roles, to join the team at Wicksteed Park’s Pavilion. With events for up to 900 people, you will be part of an exciting time at this stunning venue, working alongside our experienced C&B Manager to serve and run successful events including prestigious award dinners, conferences, weddings and Christmas parties.

Our Assistant C&B Manager, Senior Shift Leader and Shift Leaders will be responsible for running events, coordinating and supervising banqueting staff from preparation of materials, room set up, service to a high standard and clearing up / resetting after the function. You will maintain a close working relationship with the Events team and Head Chef to ensure that everything that is related to the function is understood and available when required.

Our Waiting staff and cleaning / set staff are expected to be well presented, hard-working, demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, be eager to learn, be reliable and flexible. You will also need to be friendly to our guests, considering and anticipating their needs.

In return for passion and dedication you will receive training, a competitive rate of pay and numerous staff discounts within the company.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please send your most up to date CV to naomi@wicksteedpark.org, stating which role(s) you would like to apply for.

Cleaning/set staff

We are on the hunt for professional and friendly conference & banqueting team members, as well as several more senior roles, to join the team at Wicksteed Park’s Pavilion. With events for up to 900 people, you will be part of an exciting time at this stunning venue, working alongside our experienced C&B Manager to serve and run successful events including prestigious award dinners, conferences, weddings and Christmas parties.

Our Assistant C&B Manager, Senior Shift Leader and Shift Leaders will be responsible for running events, coordinating and supervising banqueting staff from preparation of materials, room set up, service to a high standard and clearing up / resetting after the function. You will maintain a close working relationship with the Events team and Head Chef to ensure that everything that is related to the function is understood and available when required.

Our Waiting staff and cleaning / set staff are expected to be well presented, hard-working, demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, be eager to learn, be reliable and flexible. You will also need to be friendly to our guests, considering and anticipating their needs.

In return for passion and dedication you will receive training, a competitive rate of pay and numerous staff discounts within the company.

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please send your most up to date CV to naomi@wicksteedpark.org, stating which role(s) you would like to apply for.

Some important information:

Only completed application forms will be accepted on the day, and we do not accept CVs. Please do not send your application form electronically as it will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact the HR Administrator at hr@wicksteedpark.org.

Please note that any application forms received after the recruitment event will be added to our waiting list.