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Caretaker vacancy

Anglican Chapel at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Due to our continued growth as an award-winning heritage attraction and venue, we’re looking to hire a caretaker to join us at Arnos Vale and help us to maintain our buildings during the week and at weekends.

Arnos Vale is a special place that people love to visit

Arnos Vale is a fascinating site, full of memories, culture, history, nature, well-being and busy with events. On any day of the week, the site can attract a large number of visitors for a great variety of reasons.  They may be visiting a family grave, exploring the history of Victorian Bristol, or just sampling the cakes at the café. The range of events and activities offered is a major draw, and we are focused on making sure that our visitors always have an enjoyable experience.

We host weddings in our Grade 2* Listed Victorian chapels and our woodland venue, hire out our buildings for meetings, classes, talks, theatre, education and family activities. The site has also been used as a film location. We have a busy programme of events taking place throughout the year and there is always a range of challenges and opportunities to respond to.

The cemetery is free to enter and visitors can explore it with guide books and leaflets

People regularly use the site for leisure, commuting and exercise. We also offer a range of volunteering opportunities from landscape maintenance and supporting children’s workshops, to working on reception, guiding tours and undertaking historical research. We really value the contributions of our volunteers. As a not-for-profit organisation, all our income is put back into preserving, enhancing and developing this special place.

We’re a small team

We all help each other out and regularly need to react to changes to ensure that the site operates efficiently and safely. As caretaker, you will work independently and with colleagues to maintain the fantastic resources to a high standard and to constantly try to improve our service. Training will be provided where needed. You will need to be an active, enthusiastic and energetic team member who is adaptable to change and is passionate about this unique site. You will need to take real pride in your work, be comfortable with regular cleaning and building maintenance, as well as other practical tasks. We’d love to find someone who is as excited as we are by the potential of this place at the heart of the community.

The Working Hours

The working hours are 36 hours per week: 7.30am – 5pm Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, although this may vary due to operational needs. The post holder may be required to attend the occasional incident out of hours and will be a named key holder.

Salary: £17,544 Pro rata (actual £16,842)

How to apply:

To apply for this role, send a covering letter, CV (no more than 2 pages) and a completed Arnos Vale Equality and diversity monitoring form by Thursday 5th December to

Alternatively, by post to Nick Bull, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW.

Interviews to be held week commencing 16th December.

Please refer to the Caretaker Job Description Nov 19 for more information.



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