We need enthusiastic individuals who can help us to connect young people with their Heritage and the natural world around them by facilitating activities for visiting school groups.
Young people visit our site to learn about the history & heritage of the Forest of Dean and the local environment. They also visit to take part in adventure, team building, problem solving and creative workshops, they experience activities that are engaging, active and enable them to learn about the unique local heritage, the natural world and themselves. You will be expected to deliver engaging, fun workshops with a focus on learning through experience and exploration.
Our Facilitators typically deliver sessions to groups of up to 10 young people and their school teachers/adults. A knowledge of the national curriculum is helpful but not essential. What really counts is enthusiasm and ability to inspire young people with good knowledge and experience.
If you have an interest in any of the following areas it would be great to hear from you to discuss how your knowledge and enthusiasm could benefit local schoolchildren and other visitors to the DHC. We are adding workshops to our offer all the time so if your particular interest is not on the list but you think it should be then please get in touch.
Mining in the Forest of Dean
Tudor Forest of Dean
The Industrial Revolution and the Forest of Dean
Team building/problem solving
Exploring the natural world
Art in nature
Our Education facilitators are paid minimum wage and also deliver workshops to visitors young and old during school holidays and at special events so there is also an opportunity to work outside of the school term.
We rely heavily on volunteer support in all areas of the Centre’s operation. Find out more about our friendly team and what they do.
The Dean Heritage Centre is looking for another trustee or two.
We've had an amazing year at the Dean Heritage Centre. If you feel you'd like to be involved in next year's amazing year and help keep local heritage on show in the Forest then apply to join our board. We're looking for people with any of the following skills:
- Charity / Business Management and Finance
- Heritage/local heritage general interest and experience
- Attractions management experience
The role takes up about 2 days per month as a minimum and is voluntary but helping keep this small local business on the road to success can be hugely rewarding. If you have employees who would benefit from strategic management decision making and commercial problem solving you could think about seconding them to the board.
We have our meetings during the day (usually on Tuesdays) once a month so you need to be available then. Contact our Chair of Trustees to enquire about joining our dedicated, friendly team.
Other Volunteer Positions
We have two exciting opportunities to volunteer at the Dean Heritage Centre. We need Front of House volunteers for weekday morning or afternoon sessions and volunteers to help our Collections Officer in the Gage Library. Please get in touch for more information on both roles. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our Front of House Volunteers are the welcoming, friendly face of the Dean Heritage Centre. They are there to welcome visitors in, inform them of everything that is going on and to sign post areas and events that may be of particular interest. The role also includes answering the phone and directing calls to the right member of staff, serving in the shop, operating the till and keeping the shop area clean and tidy. Front of House volunteers are always supported by a Duty Manager who is there to assist if necessary and deal with customer enquiries. Experience of a similar role would be useful but not essential as full training will be given. A friendly and welcoming manner will be your most important asset. Please get in touch if you would like to apply for the role or find out more about us.
Our Collection’s Officer Nicola Wynn needs help transferring written records to a digital platform. If you are interested in this role please email her: email@example.com