AGECROFT HALL AND GARDENS EMPLOYMENT


Agecroft Hall & Gardens is a 23 acre estate featuring a Tudor house originally built c. 1500 in England and transported to Richmond in 1925. Now a museum, the house is open to the public four days a week. A variety of gardens designed by Charles Gillette surround the house and feature traditional English elements and plants. In the summer, Agecroft partners with Quill Theatre to host the Richmond Shakespeare Festival. For more information on Agecroft Hall, go to www.agecrofthall.org and for Quill Theatre, go to www.quilltheatre.org.

Position Title: Maintenance Technician (Part- Time)

 

Reports To: Head of Horticulture and Maintenance

 

Job Summary: Responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the historic house. Performs basic repair work and coordinates with vendors for larger projects. Maintains upkeep of parking areas, sidewalks, and other public areas. Assists with grounds projects as needed. 

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  1. Primary responsibility for the preventative maintenance and repair work for the house and its systems. Work includes painting, staining, masonry repair, basic carpentry and plumbing. Supervise contractors for specialized work when necessary.
     

  2. Responsible for maintaining hardscape. In winter, participate in snow removal as required for keeping grounds safe for staff and visitors.
     

  3. Responsible for maintaining a variety of equipment including power equipment and for carrying out small engine repair. Also responsible for assisting with the organization and cleanliness of the Utility Building and Potting Shed including the proper storage of tools, machinery and supplies.
     

  4. Assist with set up and clean up for Special Events and other activities when requested. Assist with collection of refuse and recycling.
     

  5. Drive Agecroft vehicle to pick up and deliver supplies as needed.

 

Job Specifications: Technical training and/or work experience in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, and/or masonry, etc. strongly preferred.  A valid Virginia driver’s license is required. Strong mechanical aptitude and work ethic. Good oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well on a team or independently.

 

Working Conditions: 15-20 hours/week. Exposed to all weather conditions. Stooping, kneeling, bending and lifting up to 50 lbs. required. Occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work required.

 

This is a part-time position. Please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Jones, at ejones@agecrofthall.com. Agecroft Hall & Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.


 

Job Title: Seasonal Horticulturist (Part-time)

Principle Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsible for assistance to Horticultural team with the care and maintenance of the turf, trees, shrubs and flowers of the public gardens.  Tasks include planting, mowing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, spraying, doing minor irrigation repairs, pruning, pest control, trash removal, and trimming. On occasion, also assists in greenhouse and rotations in gardens as well as with preparations for special events.


Job Requirements: Minimum of one season of horticultural experience preferred.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; repetitively bend/stoop, move across property and follow approved safety guidelines.

  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Availability to work 15-20 hours/week on average. (Exact number of hours will vary depending upon seasonal needs and weather conditions.)

  • Virginia driver’s license.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks through effective use of organizational and time-management skills.

  • Ability to work well on a team as well as independently.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
     

Working Conditions: Exposed to all weather conditions.
 

How to Apply: Please send resume and brief cover letter to Ms. Emily Jones at ejones@agecrofthall.com.
 

 

Position Title: Tour Guide (Part-time)

Reports To:  Manager of Tour Services

 

Job Summary: Research and present historical programs to bring to life the inhabitants of Agecroft Hall during the 1600s. Educate the public on English history topics through character portrayals and engage with visitors with hands on activities. Programs include tours and large outdoor events and are done in historical costume.

Facilitates self-guided tours of Agecroft’s house and gardens and leads guided tours on occasion. Primary emphasis is on the material culture and social history of a gentry manor house in 16th and 17th century England. Provides excellent customer service at all points of contact including phone inquiries, tickets sales, tour experience and gift shop. 

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  1. Greet visitors on the phone and on site with a welcoming, pleasant demeanor.Offer professional and courteous customer service to guests throughout their visit from arrival to conclusion of visit.
     

  2. Deliver historically accurate information in a clear and concise manner to groups of visitors of all ages. Use strong public speaking skills to adjust tour delivery style to needs of visitors.

    • Main emphasis is life in a manor house in Tudor/Stuart England, but attention is also given to Agecroft’s 20th century history in Virginia and its gardens.
       

  3. Facilitate sales in the gift shop and operate the point-of-sale computer system.
     

  4. Assist with periodic administrative tasks such as recording daily attendance and assisting in the collection and balancing of monies at the end of the day.
     

  5. Participate in regularly scheduled department meetings.
     

  6. Assist with set up and clean up for Special Events and other activities when requested.
     

  7. Engage in continuous education to increase knowledge of 16th/17th century British history, art and culture as well as interpretive strategies.
     

  8. Maintain open communication with fellow tour guides and supervisor, in efforts to create a pleasant environment for visitors and co-workers.
     

  9. Perform additional duties beyond the scope of above, as requested by immediate supervisor.

 

Job Specifications: Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills combined with a desire to work with the public required. Interest in 16th & 17th century England, ability to work well with a team, and punctuality essential. Comfort using a computer required. College degree preferred. Sense of humor a plus.

Working Conditions: Requires standing and walking for up to 1 ½ hours at a time, as well as an ability to speak clearly and audibly to a group. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Flexible hours (10-80 hours a month). Regular weekend work and occasional evening, and holiday work required.

This is a part-time position. Please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Emily Jones @ejones@agecrofthall.com. Agecroft Hall & Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.

Agecroft Hall & Gardens in an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.