£7.50 per hour
Full time

Animal Park and Gardens Visitor Assistant

Kingston Maurward College

Post Reference:  VC15

Hours: 37 hours per week Monday-Sunday with flexibility to meet business needs

Salary:  National Minimum Wage (according to age). For 25’s and over the National Living Wage of £7.50 per hour

Status: This will be Seasonal appointment from 1st Feb-31st October with flexibility to meet business needs

Job Purpose: As a member of the Animal Park & Gardens team you will make sure that every visitor leaves with a good impression. You will provide consistently high customer service levels, have a keen interest in retail, events, and catering, and be willing to work in a multi-function capacity.

Vision:   We put the Visitor first. We look at ways to further improve the Visitor experience every day. A great day out for families, tourists, animal lovers, and garden enthusiasts, our busy shop also serves locals residents, staff & students, and passers-by – making our customer base extremely diverse. Our team must be naturally good with customers and confident in retail, catering & tourism environments. We strive to expand our Shop, Cafe and Animal Park offer, and you must therefore be flexible to changes and embrace this vision.

Introduction to the role:

We are looking to recruit a confident, self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to staff the Visitor Centre Shop, Café and Animal Park.  Duties will include handling cash, re-stocking of shelves and display units and keeping a record of visitor numbers.  Applicants should be have excellent customer service skills, and will provide visitors with information on all Kingston Maurward activities. You will be required to assist at Kingston Maurward events as and when required, reporting to the Retail and Commercial Marketing Manager. Previous experience in a retail, catering and events, and working with young people is essential. You will also need to demonstrate a good knowledge of safeguarding and working with young and vulnerable people.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Tom Reynolds on 01305 215065 during normal working hours.

VC15 Animal Park Gardens Visitor Assistant


The Closing Date for Applications is:  Wednesday 19th July at 9:00am

Proposed Interview Date:  Wednesday 26th July 2017

How to Apply

Please return the completed Application Forms by email to or by post to: HR Department, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY.

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You will be asked to produce evidence of all qualifications listed on your Job Application at interview.

CVs will not be accepted. 

Kingston Maurward College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The College welcomes applications from people with a disability and will offer interviews to all those who are able to reasonably fulfil the criteria outlined in this Job Description.  If applicants with a disability shortlisted for interview require any assistance in attending please contact the College’s Human Resources Manager in order that alternative arrangements are made.

Following receipt of completed application forms, if you have not heard from the College within 2 weeks of the closing date regrettably you will not have been short listed on this occasion.  All short listed applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date or no later than 3 days prior to the interview date (where an interview date is specified).

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Closing Date
Wed 19 Jul 17


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