General Tradesperson - Greater Manchester

The National Trust
Manchester, Greater Manchester
21,684 pa
Closing date
5 Oct 2022
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General Tradesperson - Greater Manchester


Join our great team by helping to maintain the historic fabric of the buildings and visitor infrastructure of Dunham Massey as part of the Facilities Management team. You'll develop a detailed knowledge of the property ensuring correct materials and methods are used at all time. Helping to develop and maintain a preventative maintenance plan, documenting your work whether planned or reactive.

Whilst the initial contract is fixed term, this is under review and may become a permanent post. If you have any questions about the role please contact our Facilities Manager:

What it's like to work here

Dunham Massey is a 3,000-acre estate situated approximately 10 miles south of central Manchester and three miles south of Altrincham. Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford, gave it to the National Trust in 1976 and today it attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. This elegant Georgian mansion, set within a magnificent 300 acre deer park and including one of Britain’s finest winter gardens, is a very popular visitor attraction with over 100 staff. The busy team has a strong commercial focus and a fast-paced environment. Within the park walls there is also a shop, café, restaurant and ice cream parlour. On the wider estate, there are 20 farms, 100 cottages, a golf course and an award winning housing development. The house, garden and parkland hide many layers of history and have many stories to tell.

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What you'll be doing

You'll be carrying out repairs, maintenance and refurbishment work in a wide range of locations, both historic and modern. Utilising skills such as masonry, basic plumbing, Joinery, roofing work and drainage.

Your knowledge of traditional building techniques will inform the work we carry out ourselves and help support the supervision of external contractors.

Team working is essential, you may be asked to assist more generally with the work of the Facilities Team when more 'hands' are required, you will share, train and coach other members of the team in building techniques where possible.

As part of the overall operations team, occasional weekend and bank holiday working may be required.

Who we're looking for

  • An in depth understanding of historic building techniques and maintenance requirements 
  • Experience of at least three trade specialisms, such as: joinery, masonry, roofing, plumbing 
  • Good experience of risk management, including knowledge of Health & Safety, CDM regulations 
  • Good people and customer service skills Experience of working alongside and managing contractors 
  • Enjoys working as part of a team with a willingness to undertake a wide range of tasks.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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