The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates trains over 18 miles of its own line and an additional 6 miles on the mainline to the seaside town of Whitby. It is a charity and its purpose it to educate the public about the history of the line and to manage, maintain and develop its historic objects (such as heritage locomotives, carriages, archives). Over 1000 volunteers support the continued delivery of the aims and objectives of the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust working with a core paid staff of over 100.

Goathland Station sits within the North York Moors National Park, and is the archetypal branch line country station with the complete range of passenger and goods facilities, and along with the history of the original horse-drawn line with its rope hauled incline plane (part of the popular Rail Trail walk) and Deviation Line, has a great tale to tell reflecting the changing faces of industrial, agricultural and cultural history in the region since 1836.

As part of the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey Project the NYMR will be opening an educational facility housed in a static converted heritage railway coach at Goathland Station. Together with a new interpretive station trail, we will bring the story of the country branch line, the people who worked it, and the horse-drawn & deviation lines to life for our visitors.

The NYMR is therefore seeking to recruit an experienced Learning & Interpretation Assistant to develop and implement educational activities and historical interpretation with a wide range of audiences, during the National Lottery Heritage Fund operational phase of the 5 year project. The role is a fixed-term, part-time position working 24 hours per week, initially for a period of 3 years, which will be reviewed in line with the progression of the overall project duration of 5 years.

This role will report directly to the Education, Learning & Interpretation Officer.

A wide range of tasks are required including the following:

  • Work with the Education, Learning & Interpretation Officer to develop and deliver the NYMR’s Interpretation & Education Strategies, in particular Goathland Station
  • Develop displays in the Education Coach especially regarding interpretation for children
  • Assist the Education, Learning & Interpretation Officer in creating and delivering an ongoing programme of activities and immersive experiences for schools to take place in the Education Coach
  • Actively seek feedback from participants on the activities to help develop them further
  • Develop and deliver the Launch Event for the Interpretation Coach & Station Trail at Goathland Station
  • Assist in the development and training of a strong core of volunteers to help with interpretative activities and education across the NYMR
  • Develop educational activities centred around the story of Goathland Station and the history of the line that will encourage schools and families to visit
  • Develop educational activities centred around the story of the country railway and the people who worked it
  • Support and co-ordinate interpretive activities and public programmes across the whole organisation
  • Develop relationships with schools, universities and colleges across the region in partnership with the Education, Learning & Interpretation Officer

Please refer to the Job Profile relating to this position to see the exhaustive list of tasks required of the post holder, and the criteria outlined as essential for the role.

Please contact The Education, Learning & Interpretation Officer on ext *248 for an informal discussion about the role.

A flexible approach to working hours is required as some weekend work will be necessary. You will also need a full driving licence as although based in Pickering, you may also be required to work at other locations on our railway.

Download the Application Form (pdf)Job Profile and Recruitment Monitoring Form (pdf) and return to [email protected] 
Tel: 01751 473799 ext *261

Closing date: Friday 27th September 2019

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