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Working with us at Lakeland Arts

Welcome to our recruitment section. By visiting this page you are indicating you are already interested in us which is great!

Rather than tell you about us (you can find that in other areas of our website) I will say what a fabulous time to be thinking of joining us.

At a time when we are almost ready to grow significantly by opening Windermere Jetty as a world-class visitor attraction in a World Heritage Site, it is really important we recruit people with a passion and enthusiasm for what we do and what we want to achieve.

At Lakeland Arts, we come from all walks of life and backgrounds but we have one thing in common: connecting people with outstanding art and heritage in our breath-taking world-class cultural landscape.

If you work for us, you can expect a fair salary –  together with a benefits package which we are reviewing to ensure we are an employer of choice in the region.

More than this, you can expect to work in some of the most beautiful buildings, venues and locations throughout the County and you can expect to feel a real sense of pride in the job you do, every single day.

We have all sorts of roles available, if not now, as we move closer to opening Windermere Jetty so do click through and take a look and find out about all the exciting opportunities we have to offer and get involved.

Please remember our team are here to help. If you'd like to know more about working with us, or you'd like information about a specific job, feel free to email us at

I look forward to welcoming you to Lakeland Arts. 

Gordon Watson
Chief Executive, Lakeland Arts.




£36,000 - £40,000 pa depending on experience

As the inaugural Manager of Windermere Jetty, you will work with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and team to set up and open Windermere Jetty. You will have responsibility for recruiting the opening team, inducting, training and inspiring staff and volunteers, and establishing quality standards so that Windermere Jetty offers excellent visitor experience and is commercially successful and consistently exceeds visitor expectations from day one. 

Once open, you will lead a diverse team of staff and volunteers having day to day responsibility for the operation of the site. This will include visitor experience, catering, retail, heritage boat trips and working with a series of external stakeholder and partners to realise Lakeland Arts vision and expectations of Windermere Jetty. Working with the COO, the post holder will deliver the long-term vision for operational success of Windermere Jetty. 

We are looking for someone with a positive attitude and can-do approach who is organised, disciplined and self-motivated.  You will be energetic, driven with a hands on, roll up the sleeves, get on the shop floor approach.

It’s essential you have a minimum of 3 years management experience alongside a considerable level of experience of working in a visitor attraction attracting 50,000 plus visitors p/a in a similar role. 

Experience of managing day to day site based operations particularly in a retail and food and beverage operation are definitely an advantage, as is experience of delivering a Business Plan and an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to generating new income sources.

Closing Date: 12 noon 31 July 2018.
Interviews: 8 August 2018

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£30,000 - £34,000 pa depending on experience

This is a newly created generalist HR role developed to support Lakeland Arts as we expand and grow.

The role will initially lead on recruitment and training for Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which opens later in 2018.  This will see a significant increase in our staffing and volunteer team.   We want to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the opening and so you will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to ensure the right staff and volunteers are recruited into the right roles for them and the organisation.

You will also be responsible for implementing all HR processes at Lakeland Arts current portfolio of venues – Abbot Hall, Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry - ensuring they have a positive impact on every volunteer and staff member.  This will see you travel across these fantastic venues and properties and as such this role will operate independently as the main source of HR expertise for Lakeland Arts, working as a true “business partner” with the COO and Department Heads.

Working with the COO, the post holder will develop a long-term HR strategy and vision for Lakeland Arts. 

We are looking for someone with a minimum CIPD Associate membership and evidence of continuous professional development towards Member status.  It’s essential you have a minimum of 3 years HR generalist experience. 

You will possess excellent listening skills with the ability to empathise with others as well as effective interpersonal, communications and presentation skills.  A good knowledge of Hr practice and employment legislation is a must and experience of working with volunteers would be brilliant.

Closing Date: 9am  23 July 2018

Interviews: 2 August 2018

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£23,000 - £27,000 pa depending on experience

The Facilities Manager will be responsible for the ongoing day to day management of our properties, ensuring the sustainable, economic and safe operation of our varied estate in a practical and organised manner.  

Whilst caring for our estate (including two Grade 1 Listed and one Grade 2 listed buildings, and a major lakeside new-build) you will work with colleagues to ensure that they are, and remain, fit for purpose through monitoring, planning and development activities across buildings, mechanical and electrical, health and safety, security and ICT provision, whilst maintaining integrity across our Heritage Listed buildings.

You will ensure all capital build projects fulfil staff, visitor and budgetary expectations through training, close monitoring and effective reporting. 

Working with the Chief Operating Officer, the post holder will develop a long-term vision for Lakeland Arts Estate and the properties it operates. 

You will have a minimum of 3 years estates /commercial property management role, with hands on supervisory experience dealing with contractors and a good knowledge & practical experience of the property management industry including legislation.  Significant experience of managing operational risks, including how to assess and manage risk effectively is essential and experience of facilities management in heritage buildings would be a great advantage.

Closing Date: 9am 23 July 2018

Interviews: 1 August 2018

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4 days per week

£21,000 - £24,000 pa pro-rata, depending on experience

You will lead Lakeland Art’s retail operation so that it is commercially successful and consistently exceeds our visitors’ expectations.  You will ensure the operation is an integral part of the visitor experience and reflects each individual venue’s identity. 

Whilst initially focused on the opening of Windermere Jetty this will be a varied and interesting role where you will be responsible for the effective stocking and merchandising of products to maximise income and profitability for Lakeland Arts.

You will achieve the correct balance between the expectations of our visitors, the objectives of Lakeland Arts’ financial goals and our values.

You will have a minimum of 3 years retail experience in a supervisory/ management role
That has included budget management, buying within retail, ideally with international sourcing experience and product development from inception to retail.  You will be familiar with EPOS for retail and using complex data to analyse forecasts and sales figures.

With good knowledge of retail best practice including selling and merchandising skills and effective space management alongside good financial acumen to maximise income and control costs you will work with the Chief Operating Officer, to develop a long-term retail vision for Lakeland Arts.   Experience of online retail will be a distinct advantage.

Closing Date: 12 noon 23 July 2018

Interviews: 7 August 2018

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We are looking for two volunteers to help us deliver a preventative conservation routine at Blackwell. This will be an ongoing regular role. This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily operation of an Arts and Crafts House.

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We are looking to recruit two volunteers who are passionate about gardening and meeting the public.

You will be based at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. The gardens at Blackwell were designed by Thomas Mawson, renowned Cumbrian Arts and Crafts garden designer. The gardens are maintained by a gardening contractor and we are looking for volunteers to augment this provision by providing gardening duties outside of the contractor's weekly visit.

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Are you passionate about history and heritage? Do you enjoy meeting people? Help us to bring Blackwell's historic Arts and Crafts rooms to life, as you welcome visitors and share fascinating stories about the house and those who lived and worked here.Visitor Engagement Volunteers are our ambassadors - the public face of Blackwell - so volunteers need to be warm, friendly and approachable. You will meander around the house and welcome visitors, answer visitors' questions and chat to them about our history.

If you are confident enough, we will also train you in delivering guided tours of the house to groups. Volunteers will receive full training and detailed information packs about the Blackwell's history.

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