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Welcome to the Job vacancies section

Below are the current vacancies we have on offer at CAT.  If you would like to apply for a position, you will need to complete an Application Form (in Word format). You can download it together with the guidance notes from the list on the right. CVs will not be accepted.


Please return your application form by email to . If you would like to discuss a vacancy,  please telephone 01654 705955 (mornings). All applications will be acknowledged by email, so if you've not heard back within a couple of days, please telephone to check that your application has been received as we sometimes have difficulties receiving emails from gmail & hotmail accounts.


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Thank you for your interest in working at CAT, we look forward to receiving your application.





Catering Assistant (169.00 kB)

The General Assistant is required to assisting in the operation and development of the catering services to a high quality, efficient and profitable standard, receiving excellent customer feedback whilst operating within CAT’s environmental and procurement policies. The role concentrates on general restaurant duties, both kitchen and front of house.

Job closes: 02.02.15

Main purpose of the job – an overview:

  • Strategic development and oversight of CAT’s fundraising and communications work including leadership of the fundraising and membership team and the external relations team (which includes media, marketing, design and web).
  • The Head of Fundraising and Communications is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising programme to build relationships with a broad range of individuals and organisations, which will increase and diversify core fundraising income and help CAT meet its strategic goals.
  • The role involves developing strategies for increasing income from individual donors, charitable trusts, statutory sources and companies.

Job Closes: 16.02.15

First interviews: Friday 13th March

Second interviews: Friday 20th March.

In this challenging and rewarding role, you will lead on the strategic development and oversight of CAT’s Eco-Centre with a focus on enhancing the experience of general public and educational group visitors to support the delivery of the organisation’s mission.  You will lead staff teams across three departments within the Eco-Centre Division each of which has their own operational manager: Visitor Services (including visitor reception, eco store and information service); Catering and Hospitality (including restaurant, facilities management, on-site accommodation and venue hire); and the Estates department (which covers the maintenance of the centre including displays, buildings, woodlands and gardens).

You will lead the development of the visitor experience, including interpretation, displays and hospitality, to improve visitor feedback, attract new audiences, boost return visits and increase visitor numbers and income.  You will ensure that day visitors and residential groups have an exceptional and memorable time at CAT, inspiring them to take action for a sustainable future and to support CAT’s work.   You will also lead on the business development of accommodation and venue hire at CAT and ensure continuous improvement of customer care.

Closing Date: 16.02.15

First interviews: Monday 2nd March

Second interviews: Tuesday 17th March

Estates Manager (7.48 MB)

The Estates Manager leads the work of the Estates Department which manages, maintains and develops all of CAT’s estates and communications infrastructure to enable the effective running of the site for the benefit of educational and general visitors, staff and volunteers. The estates include buildings, gardens, woodlands, sanitation systems, the cliff railway, visitor centre displays and IT.

The Estates Manager will be required to demonstrate effective leadership and management of the department. She/he will be responsible for both the day-to-day management of estates and for the development and implementation of a longer term capital maintenance plan with a focus on demonstrating sustainability, good customer experience and reducing ongoing maintenance time and costs. The key responsibilities will include operational responsibility for health and safety, directing the day-to-day operational activities, oversight and development of energy, heating, water and IT systems, oversight of gardens and woodlands management, combined with strategic, financial and personnel management of the department.

Closing date; 09.02.15

Interviews: 24.02.15

CAT is seeking a candidate with strong administrative skills and experience to support the effective governance and leadership of the organisation.



  • Organisation of the Chief Executive’s diary, including planning and arranging meetings, appointments and travel and collating information ahead of meetings
  • Monitoring of the Chief Executive’s e-mails, post and phone calls and dealing with administrative matters
  • To provide organisational and diary support to the Chair and other Trustees when needed
  • Maintain records of Board and management minutes, correspondence with Companies House and the Charities Commission and other official documentation
  • To maintain and develop office systems

Closing Date: 09.02.15

Interview date: 20.02.15

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