Current Job Opportunities
We are currently recruiting staff for across our three attractions in Hastings. Discover Hastings operates three of the biggest tourist attractions in Hastings – situated on the West Hill Smugglers Adventure takes the visitor on a journey back to the heyday of smuggling. The historic Hastings Castle explores the Battle of 1066 – one of the most memorable dates in history. Finally Blue Reef Aquarium, an undersea safari with a wide variety of marine life to discover, located on the seafront of Hastings Old Town.
All positions listed below are Seasonal positions between February 2017 – November 4th 2017 with variable hours. Wage – National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage. Please see the bottom of this page for details on how to apply.
About Discover Hastings
Discover Hastings operates three attractions in Hastings; Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle steeped in history dating back to 1066. Our third attraction, Blue Reef Aquarium is situated on the seafront, in the historic Old Town of Hastings. Blue Reef has an array of spectacular marine life from native shores to tropical climates.
About the Roles
Hours are flexible covering weekdays, weekends and school holiday periods.
Retail/Catering Assistants – Your primary objective will be to assist the Retail/Catering Supervisor to drive the commercial performance of the secondary revenue streams across the Discover Hastings attractions. Specific tasks will include ensuring the gift shops are fully replenished and merchandise displayed and priced correctly; basic food preparation; achieve high standards of kitchen and restaurant hygiene , use of tills and cash handling. Assisting in delivering birthday parties.
Visitor Experience Assistants x6 – Your primary objective is to deliver engaging and compelling guest experiences for all visitors to our Discover Hastings attractions. The visitor service team are the first people our customers see and extending a warm welcome is the first step in creating a positive and memorable visit. You need to have all visitor information at your fingertips and be able to deliver it to guests in a fluent and friendly manner.
You need to bring to life three distinct attractions to all our guests and be confident in delivering exceptional guided tours and talks to English and non English speaking guests. You will play a crucial part in the success of our jam packed events calendar, taking the lead in organisation and delivery and ensuring all guests want to return.
The role also involves upselling our products from guidebooks to annual passes, ensuring sales targets are achieved and every customer has their needs met.
Specific tasks include admission operations, presentations and shows. Assisting in our catering and retail operations as required including stock takes.
Visitor Experience Assistant/Duty Manager – (Please see Visitor Experience Assistants above) This role has additional responsibilities for Duty Management of our attractions on a shared rota basis. Responsibilities include opening and closing procedures including cash management. Full attraction checks/walk rounds, motivating staff, handling customer queries, daily/weekly reporting, till system operation and daily health and safety checks.
Visitor Experience Assistants – You will need to have a positive attitude and thrive in a busy dynamic environment. You need to adapt to a variety of situations and be able to respond to the customer’s needs whilst promoting all aspects of our Discover Hastings attractions. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to retain and present information about our attractions.
We are looking for confident, motivated team players who are able to bring our attractions to life through presentations, talks, re-enactments and events. Acting experience is an advantage but not essential.
You will need to be comfortable with upselling products and go the extra mile to help close a sale. Previous experience in sales is desirable.
Retail/Catering Assistants – Have a keen interest in working in a customer facing retail/catering environment. Previous retail/catering experience is desirable. Excellent communication and organisation skills and a people person able to adapt to changing situations as business needs demand.
Visitor Experience Assistant/Duty Manager You have previous experience in working in a customer facing environment and now hungry for some extra responsibility and the chance to develop supervisory skills. You have a positive attitude and thrive in a busy dynamic environment. You need to adapt to a variety of situations and be able to respond to customers needs whilst promoting all aspects of our Discover Hastings attractions. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to retain and present information about our attractions.
We are looking for a confident, motivated team player who is able to bring our attractions to life through presentations, talks, re-enactments and events. Acting experience is an advantage.
You are comfortable upselling products and willing to go the extra mile to close a sale. Previous experience in sales is desirable.
As Duty Manager you need to demonstrate commitment and reliability.
About Aspro Parks
Discover Hastings is part of Aspro Parks, a Spanish multinational company with its headquarters based in Madrid. Aspro owns and operates over 65 leisure attractions across Europe, 10 of which are located in the UK.
If interested, please send your CV & covering letter to: Janeen Pickup, Aspro UK Group HR Manager, c/o Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire, CH65 9LF. Or email us at: [email protected] . Your application letter should highlight why you would be able to fulfil this key role within the organisation and clearly demonstrate how you meet our requirements.
We are committed to Equal Opportunities.
Closing Date: Sunday February 5th.
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Work Location: Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW