Eskdale Mill Manager

Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust

Boot, Eskdale, Cumbria
£13,000 pa (fte £16,250) + rent-free detached cottage

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 016973 20803 Shirley Muir

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 4th February 2019  

Eskdale Mill Manager
Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust
Boot, Eskdale £13,000 p.a. (fte £16,250) + rent-free detached cottage
Paid 0.8fte Fixed term contract 2 years and 2 months
Contact or ring 016973 20803
Closing date: 2.00pm on Monday 4th February 2019

We are seeking a self-motivated person to manage our newly refurbished mill, provide a welcoming visitor experience and engage volunteers.

Are you the kind of person who could confidently manage a newly repaired, refitted and interpreted Grade II* listed water mill as a visitor attraction?

Do you have experience of organising volunteers, planning and leading events, activities, school and public visits and managing budgets?

Would you like to work and live in a beautiful valley in the Lake District National Park?

If you have a friendly and welcoming personality and feel you could become part of a close-knit, rural community, then you may be the person we are seeking.

The Role

Eskdale Mill is a Grade II* listed water mill that is undergoing a £1 million restoration and interpretation project thanks to a National Lottery grant (Heritage Lottery Fund) and cash raised through Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria Fells and Dales European LEADER funding and other charitable trusts. When the work is completed, the site will be re-opened to the public in the summer of 2019 and we need a dynamic and enthusiastic Mill Manager to take charge of its day-to-day running and on-going conservation.

The key roles of the Eskdale Mill Manager are to:

  • Manage the Eskdale Mill site and plan the maintenance of the buildings, machinery and heritage collections.
  • Promote and provide a warm welcome to visitors, with the help of volunteers.
  • Prepare and manage a programme of events and activities
  • Recruit and manage Eskdale Mill volunteers
  • Plan day-to-day operations and ensure the site is safe and suitable for visitors and
  • Promote the mill, events and activities through local and wider opportunities
  • Work in partnership with local businesses to promote attractions in the area and plan events.
  • Maintain an oversight of budget income and outgoings, including visitor income and service costs.
  • Regularly report to EMHT on progress and plans and support the core business of EMHT

In 2017, volunteers opened the mill to visitors and provided guided tours. It was open three days a week over the season and 2,910 visitor were recorded. In 2019 we hope to double that number by opening six days a week and increase it again in 2020 through promotion and joint marketing with the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, which receives 100,000 visitors per year.

Salary: £13,000 p.a. (fte £16,250) + rent-free accommodation at Eskdale Mill Cottage, a detached two-bedroom refurbished house next to the mill at the village of Boot (estimated rental value between £7,000 and £9,000 p.a.). The post-holder is required to live in the cottage and will also receive subsidised electricity.

Hours: The post is 37.5 hours per week for 31 weeks, from approximately 1st April to 31st October, and 19 hours per week for 21 weeks, from approximately 1st November to 31st March.

The Eskdale Mill Manager will normally be required to work during Spring and Autumn half-term holidays and over the Christmas period (with time off in lieu for Bank Holidays).

In total this represents 0.8 full-time equivalent. The annual salary of £13,000 reflects this (and the rent-free accommodation) and will be regularised throughout the year, with standard monthly payments.

Initially fixed term for two years and two months. The post is initially funded by HLF. EMHT has a business plan that demonstrates that the operation of the mill – and the employment of the Mill Manager – will be established and become sustainable in two years’ time without further grant funding. The role will be reviewed and amended as necessary to ensure that it remains effective and affordable. The performance and skills of the post-holder will be assessed. If it is shown that s/he has the necessary skills to move into the revised role, it may be offered on a permanent basis. The cottage accommodation is tied to the post.

How to apply: Please request an application pack by emailing or ring 016973 20803.

Applications must reach us by 2.00pm on Monday 4th February 2019.

Interviews will be held on 27th or 28th February 2019.

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