Centre Assistant



Job Type

Fixed Term


Charity / Voluntary, Customer Service, Environmental / Conservation, Hospitality / Catering, Leisure / Tourism, Retail, Sales / Business Development


Nethy Bridge

Are you able to deliver fantastic customer service, and would you like to work for an organisation that is making a big difference to our natural world?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working people person, to help work in our shop and visitor centre at Loch Garten.

Centre Assistant – variable hours – (Fixed Term)
Reference: JAN20234863
Location: Loch Garten Nature Centre, Nethy Bridge
Salary: £19,305 - £21,417 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Hours: Part Time role for 13 hours per week
Duration: Fixed Term Contract which will start in March 2023 until the 8th of September 2023
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave

Loch Garten has a long-established reputation as being the ancestral home of ospreys in the UK and the Nature Centre opens every season to allow thousands of visitors to see these magnificent and enthralling birds, as they battle all that nature can throw at them to raise a family. As well as ospreys, visitors are treated to close-up views of red squirrels and many small birds, including Scottish 'Cresties' and great spotted woodpeckers. The centre is within Abernethy National Nature Reserve, the RSPB’s second largest reserve, which contains the largest remnant of ancient Caledonian pine-forest in the UK and is set amidst the magnificent landscape of the Cairngorms National Park.

About the Role

Our work in the visitor centre is planned via the use of rotas and would include weekend working. Full induction and training would be provided, with opportunities to learn about the running of a busy visitor centre and nature reserve operation.

Our shop and Nature Centre operations are a crucial part of what we do here, encouraging visitors to explore the reserve, and giving them a great visitor experience.

You will be able to communicate well with our visitors and offer excellent levels of customer care. Duties will include working on our meet and greet operation, helping with the shop, undertaking stock takes, welcoming visitors to the reserve, giving out information, and encouraging visitors to support our work.

You will also support our Retail Manager, helping to serve customers, and undertaking other duties typical of a shop operation.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
  • Basic food hygiene knowledge
  • Computer literate
  • Enthusiastic approach to work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workloads
  • Multitasking skills
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to manage and respond quickly and positively to customer needs and feedback
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of working at a catering environment/visitor attraction
  • Knowledge of health and safety in the workplace
  • Knowledge of food and food service skills
  • Till operation and payment handling

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

Closing Date: 23:59, Sunday 5th February 2023
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from the 14th of February.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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