There are lots of ways you can get involved with projects at Creswell Crags, from helping out at our events, to helping catalogue the collection. If nature and the outdoors are more your interest, how about getting stuck in around site with our Wardens? Wildlife surveying and site maintenance are vital to us here at the Crags.
Gain new skills, make new friends or increase your employability within a fantastic setting.
As a warden you’ll gain valuable frontline experience, interacting with the public and helping to protect and maintain a site of environmental and archaeological importance. Patrolling the site you’ll help with routine tasks like litter picking and checking site safety. You’ll also have the chance to learn practical skills, like strimming, and to undertake wildlife surveys.
This role is primarily at weekends, Bank Holidays and during school holidays. At Creswell there are a variety of special events that take place throughout the year, from brass band recitals and vintage days through to interpretive dance performances and children’s craft activities. Helping with the development and delivery of these events you will gain experience of developing themed activities that are relevant to the site and its archaeological and environmental importance.
In this role you will help develop and deliver the education package to visiting schools. School visits occupy every day of the week during term time and involve a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. As an education volunteer you will be helping deliver these activities and you will also have the opportunity to help with community outreach and project work.
As a curatorial volunteer you will assist with regular collection conservation and housekeeping, including environmental monitoring. Assisting with keeping a clean and tidy store you will also have the opportunity to get involved with the digitisation of the collection, inputting data, taking photographs and adding to the catalogue. You can assist with the repackaging of collections and accessioning artefacts too. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to provide guided tours of the cave and collection for the public, universities and special interest groups.
Front of House
Welcoming people to the site, you’ll provide a warm and friendly introduction to Creswell Crags. Providing visitors with any information they require, you’ll direct them around the site and tell them where to find the various services and facilities. Your focus will be helping them get the most they can from their day out and ensuring they know all that is available to them. As they leave the site you will offer a friendly goodbye and ensure they have had an enjoyable visit.
With both permanent and temporary exhibitions at Creswell there’s plenty for people to look at and learn from. As an exhibition volunteer you’ll be helping people engage with the collection on display and ensuring they have the best experience possible in the exhibition. Guiding them to areas of particular interest or helping them get hands on to explore the cave art with the computer simulation you’ll get plenty of face to face experience of dealing with the public.
Behind the scenes work is crucial to keep operations running smoothly. We are seeking individuals with excellent verbal and written communication skills who are confident when speaking to members of the public to assist in the office administration at Creswell Crags. If you are looking to build upon your experience and skills, our Administration Volunteer position could be for you.
In The Crags Edge Café, you will be assisting staff to serve customers and prepare food and drinks. Ensuring that the tables and floors are clean and well presented at all times, to give our visitors the best experience at the Crags.
Creswell Crags is managed by an independent charity, Creswell Heritage Trust. The objectives of the Trust are to maintain the precious heritage of the unique Creswell site and to create a vibrant and heritage visitor attraction with learning and visitor enjoyment at its heart. To achieve both of these goals Creswell Heritage Trust has in the past received fantastic support from a range of organisations such as Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, from our neighbour Tarmac, and especially from the two county councils that encompass the site, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils. For the Trust to achieve its objectives it must in the future become entirely sustainable on earned income, and the Board of Trustees is focused on that goal.
If you have skills and experience that you would like to share, the Trust will be delighted to hear from you. We especially welcome interest from people with an HR or legal background, and from those working in a commercial heritage or leisure environment.
For further information on volunteering, or if you would like to join our volunteers team, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, on 01909 720378 extn 2029, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.