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Job Vacancies: Paid Employment | Volunteer Positions | Volunteer opportunities

Paid Employment:

The Bluebell Railway has the following
full-time vacancy in the Carriage & Wagon Department

Carriage & Wagon Fitter

This is a rare opportunity to work as part of the team involved in the maintenance, repair and restoration of the railway's historic collection of carriages & wagons.

The applicant will ideally have either completed an engineering apprenticeship, or alternatively on-the-job training will be provided to otherwise suitable applicants. Skills advantageous for this post include fitting mechanical parts, welding and fabricating, pipework, and knowledge of electrical systems.

All applicants should be self-motivated and self-managing but also team players, and happy to work with both paid and volunteer staff alike.

The Carriage and Wagon Works operates 7 days per week and weekend working is required.

Please contact Lisa Boyle on 01825 724884 or e-mail lisa(dot)boyle(at)bluebell-railway(dot)co(dot)uk (replace (dot) and (at) with . and @ ) for an application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 June 2019.

The Railway has the following Catering vacancy:

Casual Kitchen Porters

We are currently recruiting for Kitchen Porters to work predominantly at our Sheffield Park Station. You will be responsible for ensuring a clean, safe and tidy working environment in the kitchen. Main duties are collecting and washing pots and pans, cleaning food preparation areas and equipment as well as crockery and cutlery.

This role can be physically demanding and will require you to lift and carry stock and equipment across platforms and on and off trains.

A very high standard of hygiene and ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team are essential.

Although we are open every day except Christmas day, shifts will mainly be available during our busiest times, which are weekends and during school holidays. You will need to be prepared to work Friday and Saturday evenings when required.

This position is ideal for those seeking additional income on a flexible basis or students.

Own transport is essential as we are in a rural location.

Full training and meals whilst on duty will be provided.

For further information or to apply please email megan(dot)laughlin(at)bluebell-railway(dot)co(dot)uk (replace (at) and (dot) with @ and .)

Bluebell Railway is an equal opportunity employer.

Bluebell Railway PLC, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL


Volunteer Positions
Applications are invited for the following post:


The successful applicant will be responsible for the inspection, repair and maintenance of the company's buildings.
Building management, architectural, design, surveying, construction or similar qualifications/experience are necessary to effectively undertake this role.

This is a volunteer post that carries no remuneration or specific hours of duty. However, the successful applicant will require sufficient time and flexibility to effectively undertake this role and have the appropriate technical competences to meet the professional requirements of the post.

If you believe you have the right qualifications and experience for this job please send your CV to lisa(dot)boyle(at)bluebell-railway(dot)co(dot)uk - replace (dot) with a dot and (at) with @ to obtain email address, or contact 01825 724884.

Bluebell Railway is an equal opportunity employer.

Bluebell Railway PLC, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL


Job Vacancies: Paid Employment | Volunteer Positions | Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

With trains running on over 200 days a year, recruitment of new volunteers in all departments is an ongoing project, and there are details here of how you could help us as a volunteer.
Below are, in addition, particular roles for which there is a current requirement.

Clerical help for the Safety & Assurance team

The Safety & Assurance team are looking for a volunteer to help collate accident & incidents information, produce reports, file information and provide general support across a whole range of day to day safety and assurance administration tasks.

As this is a volunteer role, availability and hours are subject to mutual agreement, however some weekly help would be useful but not essential.

Applicants will need to be computer literate, organised and ideally have some knowledge of spreadsheets & metrics, if you are interested please email Lisa Boyle - lisa(dot)boyle(at)bluebell-railway(dot)co(dot)uk or contact 01825 724884.

The Railway needs your help

Volunteer Car park attendants

We are looking for volunteers to help during our busy events to oversee our visitor parking by directing and managing our customers to available spaces and helping answer relevant queries.

Applicants should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and a good communicator. The role would require duties for 3 to 4 hours at a time, usually morning or afternoon. Refreshments will be provided!

Applicants must have their own transport.

Contact the office info(at)bluebell-railway.co.uk or 01825 720824 to register your interest.

The Catering Department is seeking volunteers

The Catering Department is seeking volunteer staff for our various outlets at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead, and our premier Golden Arrow dining train and Lounge car service providing a first class experience at weekends and during the evening. Our Buffets open before the first train departs and closes after the last train arrive back at Sheffield Park.

Trains run every weekend and also run midweek from April through to December. If you have experience of retail that would be an advantage, but no experience is required. All training and uniform would be provided.

Volunteers would work on a regular rota depending on their availability.

The role in the buffets would include serving customers with snacks, drinks and may involve stocking shelves during the day to replenish stock and clearing tables. It can be a busy environment during peak times.

The Golden Arrow dining train and Wealden Rambler require you to serve on a moving train.

In addition to the satisfaction gained from working in a heritage railway environment, there is opportunity to enjoy staff discounts on a range of goods and services.

If you like working and meeting people then this could be the role for you.
If you think this is something you could do then to join this fantastic team of volunteers please contact Simon Barker or Megan Laughlin on 01825 724881 or email to Simon.barker@bluebell-railway(dot)co(dot)uk - replace (dot) with "." in email address.

You will need to become a working member of the railway to be a volunteer. Please look on our website for more details.

Education volunteers

The education department of the Bluebell Railway is expanding and needs you!
As an Education Volunteer you might...
  • Be part of our exciting new exhibition as an explainer (opening Summer 2018).
  • Conduct fun science experiments.
  • Assist on family event days.
  • Guide school parties around our exhibits.
  • Facilitate outdoor education.
  • Escort school parties on the steam trains.
  • Get creative.
  • Dress up and role play in our 'WW2 evacuation' experience.
  • Gain experience and build an attractive C.V.
We are looking for people with an interest in Heritage Learning. If you like working with people of all ages, are a good communicator, want to learn new skills and share some of your own, then this could be the volunteering opportunity for you.

Contact Ruth by e-mail, or call 01825 720800 to register your interest and find out more.


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