Volunteer Role Description
Internship Conservation Assistant
What is an Internship Conservation Assistant?
2013 is a busy year for Basildon Park with plans to improve conservation standards
and maximise opportunities to engage visitors in our work.
As an Internship Conservation Assistant you’ll carry out housekeeping and
conservation duties to help ensure the smooth running of this special place continues.
Using your professional manner and natural way with people, you’ll support the front
of house staff and volunteers in greeting visitors and take an active part in providing
information and activities to enhance every visitor’s experience.
You’ll also help to prepare and monitor volunteer rotas, making sure that the property
and its contents are properly conserved and cared for at all times.
Over the year, we would like to offer eight interns the chance to get involved with all
aspects of conservation and collections management at Basildon Park.
The interns will have responsibility for a specific project as well as helping with the
day to day running of the house.
What’s in it for you?
Developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours to pursue a career in heritage
management and collections conservation and presentation.
Opportunity to gain an understanding of the work of the National Trust
Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team.
Improving your communication skills.
Learning about Basildon Park as a whole including a basic history of the
house, gardens and estate
Undertaking basic conservation cleaning tasks
Cleaning and preparing the house for daily opening
Assisting in the day to day management and conservation of the house and
collection i.e. the monitoring of pest activity and light levels
Assisting specialist conservation staff as necessary
Assisting visitors to the house who have enquiries about Basildon Park and
Helping to protect house and collections by communicating conservation
Taking part in ‘Conservation In Action’ demonstrations, requiring engagement
with supporters and visitors to interpret and explain our conservation work to a
Maintaining accurate records and inventories
Becoming familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and
Safety Policy at all times
Giving any other appropriate assistance in relation to being a Conservation
Assistant as may be reasonably requested
Internship Conservation Assistants will undertake project work during their internship
which will focus on either:
(e.g. light plans, packing and reorganising our stored collection)
(e.g. inventory recording and marking, interpretation or research)
Potential projects will be discussed at interview, allowing candidates the flexibility to
tailor part of the internship to their own areas of interest.
This role will suit people who… wish to pursue a career in the care and
conservation of historic houses and collections.
Ideally, you will have some previous experience of working in a heritage or
museum environment as well as some experience of working with historic
You will have good hand eye co-ordination
You will feel confident engaging with the public.
You will enjoy working as part of a team but will also be self-motivated and
keen to achieve results.
You will enjoy problem-solving and thinking creatively.
You will have good IT and word-processing skills.
Your place Basildon Park
Time commitment 30 hours/4 days per week (including weekends and Bank
Holidays on a rota system)
Option 1 (02 January – 31 March inclusive)
Option 2 (01 April – 30 June inclusive)
Option 3 (01 July – 30 September inclusive)
Option 4 (01 October – 22 December inclusive)
Volunteer Manager Donald Ramsay, House and Collections Manager
Training/Resources General introduction to the property and the National Trust as
well as role specific instruction.
Learning plan agreed for the internship.
Ongoing mentoring and support from the house team.
Expenses Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering
place will be paid if onsite accommodation is not needed, and
other reasonable expenses agreed in advance.
Accommodation Accommodation in a shared 2-bedroom flat, located within the
grounds, is available while you are volunteering for Basildon
All arrangements are binding in honour only and not intended to be legally
About National Trust
National Trust is a registered charity and is completely independent of Government.
We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and money raised
from our commercial operations. We are supported by 4 million members and
55,000 volunteers without whom we simply could not manage. We protect and open
to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and
mills. But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches,
farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature
reserves, villages – for places, for ever, for everyone.
About Basildon Park
Given to the National Trust in 1979 by the Lord and Lady Iliffe, Basildon Park is
regarded as an 18th century house and a 1950s home. The 400 acre estate includes
6 acres of pleasure grounds with way marked trails throughout the remaining
parkland. It was purchased by the Iliffes in 1952, when they began a programme of
restoration and recreation of this magnificent 18th century mansion.
Basildon Park receives 100,000 visitors each year and prides itself in offering the
best possible experience for everyone.
Prepared by Donald Ramsay, House and Collections Manager
Basildon Park, October 2012