The Abbotsford Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC037425

Abbotsford is the home of the 19th century writer Sir Walter Scott and is run by The Abbotsford Trust, a registered Scottish charity. We offer a five star visitor experience to visitors from across the world including the historic house and collections, 100 acres of designed landscape, formal gardens, a free Visitor Centre with an exhibition on Sir Walter Scott, play trail, gift shop, restaurant, events and special exhibitions.


Current opportunities

If you enjoy meeting people from all over the world, love Abbotsford and want to share it with our visitors you might enjoy joining our volunteer team as a mini-bus driver. Role Description : What you will be doing* • Complete vehicle safety checks prior to and at the end of each day and record these as per organisational procedures • Report any defects and faults as per guidelines and procedures • To be responsible for the safety of your passengers and to be aware of the relevant mini bus legislation and any Covid measures introduced by the Abbotsford Trust • To be able to use the passenger lift/ramp in a safe and responsible manner. • Ensure the correct use of the appropriate wheelchair tie downs and passenger restraint systems • When necessary assist passengers when entering and leaving the vehicle. • To work in a helpful, caring and confidential manner within the aims and objectives of the organisation. • To be self-motivated and sensitive to the needs of passengers and colleagues. • To inform the Visitor Services Manager and in their absence the Volunteer Co-ordinator of any changes to your health or endorsements that affect your driving licence or ability to drive. • To notify any incidents or accidents affecting passenger safety whilst on duty. • To work within health and safety legislation at all times. • To attend relevant training courses before carrying passengers • Ensure that the vehicle is in a clean condition (inside and out) before and after use. • Refuel the bus as required. • Contribute to mini bus service development by making suggestions and feeding back passenger comments Skills/Experience required: • Applicants must be over 30 years of age. This is an insurance requirement. • Must have a full, clean licence which includes the D1 entitlement (automatic if manual car licence obtained before Jan 1st 1997). • Over the age of 70 drivers will need to renew the ‘D1’ entitlement of their licence, requiring a medical examination (D4). This is valid for 3 years. • Over the age of 70 drivers will need to be accepted as a ‘named driver’ by Abbotsford’s insurers. Unless and until this is agreed the applicant will be unable to drive the minibus. • Be able to drive minibus/vehicles safely and professionally. Training will be given (MiDAS). • Be flexible; and able to work as part of a team • Be in good health • Be patient, understanding, have a responsible attitude and provide exceptional customer care.

Our Room Stewards are the face of Abbotsford and play a vital part in welcoming visitors from all around the world. All you need is a smile and a genuine interest in Abbotsford and our work. Role Description : What you will be doing* • Welcoming visitors from all over the world to the house • Managing the flow of visitors through the house and liaising with staff and volunteers throughout the site • Instructing visitors on the use of our audio guides • Offering information on the history of the rooms and objects within the house • Caring for collections and looking out for their security and welfare • Encouraging visitors to complete feedback forms at the end of their visit • Promoting upcoming events and activities to visitors • Providing directions and guidance to visitors (including other attractions within the Borders) • Promoting excellent customer service • Working as part of a team to give visitors to Abbotsford an unforgettable experience Skills/Experience required • Excellent communication skills and confidence in conversing with the public. • An interest in meeting and speaking to people from all walks of life and all around the world. • A warm and friendly personality • Excellent time management and punctuality • Commitment to excellent customer service • Be the public face of Abbotsford • An interest in and willingness to learn about of Sir Walter Scott and his descendants, Abbotsford and the Borders. • Enthusiasm to share your knowledge with our visitors

Do you enjoy organising or being involved in exciting events? Are you a practical person who likes to meet other people and work with the public? Why not join our happy team of Volunteer Events Volunteers? Role Description : This is a varied role for someone who wants to get involved with events at Abbotsford. As an exceptional visitor attraction, public events at Abbotsford continue to play an important role in our commitment as a charitable trust to engage with the local community. Whether giving a hand with the set-up arrangements before an event starts, helping with family craft activities at Scott’s birthday or welcoming visitors to our Christmas fair, our events volunteers will enjoy a huge variety of activities within a close team. Our events take place mostly at weekends and evenings, and events volunteers can choose dates which suit them. What you will be doing* • Work within a dynamic team to deliver successful and enjoyable events for the visiting general public. • Onsite stewarding during public events. • Engage with the public, in particular families, in a range of activities. • Practical help with signage, marking out spaces for exhibitors, moving tables, putting up gazebos and so on. • Creating materials for events and assisting with the preparation work. • Basic administration tasks including photocopying, laminating etc. • Set up and break down on event days. • Post-event activities such as debriefings, clearing the site, event reviews. • Ensure the safety and enjoyment of the visiting general public complying with all Covid measures introduced by the Abbotsford Trust. • Respect the values set by the Abbotsford Trust.

Do you enjoy working with children and young people in the outdoors and like to get your hands dirty? Do you want to support the important work of our charity? Why not join our happy team as a Ranger Activities Assistant? Role Description : The Estates Ranger Activities programme aims to engage audiences in the legacy of Sir Walter Scott and to unlock creativity, imagination and enjoyment for young people. This role would suit someone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys working with children and young people and has an interest in conservation. What you will be doing* • Undertaking any training deemed relevant. • Working by yourself or with other volunteers/staff. • Working within Abbotsford’s Health and Safety Policy at all times. • Reporting any potential hazards, accidents and other issues to the Ranger. • Assisting in the supervision of children and young people taking part in the activity • Interacting with and supporting those undertaking the activity • Collecting together the resources needed for the session • Assist with setting up and clearing away at the beginning and end of each session • Handing out resources during the session as appropriate