As a Down House Visitor Assistant, you will join an amazing team of employees and volunteers, making sure visitors have a great time from the moment they arrive until they say goodbye. This is a varied role and some days will be busy from start to finish, whereas others may be quieter especially on the wetter days! No two days are the same.

At Down House you can help us bring the story of the Darwin family to life by assisting our visitors with important information about their visit. You will be able to step in to the study where Darwin penned his groundbreaking book 'On the Origin of Species' and take a walk in Darwins footsteps down his 'thinking path' the sandwalk during part of your daily duties.

You will be based in the hub of our site at the admissions and retail point, helping ensure our visitors get the most out of their visit whilst helping care for this incredible family home alongside a wonderful team.

Providing a warm welcome to all of our visitors is key to this role so you will be confident in talking with people from all walks of life. You can really help our visitors get the most out of their day. You will be responsible for maintaining excellent standards of services as well as optimising opportunities to generate income. You will have excellent communication skills and enjoy working with both visitors and colleagues.

This role is for 15 hours per week, including weekend and bank holidays. During the winter months the contract will reduce to 0 hours, but there will be occasional weekend work available. Flexibility in availability is crucial for this role.

We would be delighted to hear from you, if you would like to talk to us about this role before you apply, please contact Bryony Blackburn - Site Manager at

We are looking for people who enjoy working with others as part of a team to deliver an engaging visitor experience to a diverse audience. Training and support will be provided as part of your induction to the role, but some paid or voluntary experience working with the public may be beneficial.

You'll find it's a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of England's largest conservation charities, with over 400 sites across the country. Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive training covering all aspects of customer service, sales, food and beverage and retail;
  • The opportunity to progress your career within the heritage sector, in retail, food and beverage or general management; apprenticeship opportunities
  • Free access to all English Heritage sites for you another adult and up to 6 children (under 18 in the family group)
  • 25% discount in our shops and cafes;
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/Shared Parental leave
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays pro rata rising to 28 days after 3 years, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Matched pension contributions up to a maximum of 10% which can be paid via salary exchange or salary deduction
Find out more about us and what we do here, here. Meet some of our People and hear about why they enjoy working with us here

Everyone is welcome at English Heritage and we are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible.

We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England's heritage. By joining English Heritage, you will be part of a charity that is already on an exciting journey to tell everyone's story.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 6th March 2023 At Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, BR6 7JT.

Job Location : Orpington
Company : English Heritage
Position : Visitor Assistant
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