Tuesday 21 February 2012

Cheers! Volunteer Bar Worker wanted.

The 2012 season is rapidly approaching and things are getting more or less organised. Staffing is almost sorted out (see the FIBO website for details of remaining posts) and almost all of our volunteer places are now full. There is still some space for another researcher and we have one volunteering opportunity left: Bar Worker. The bar at FIBO opens nightly from c5.45pm until 11pm (and also Sunday lunchtimes). Any profits from the bar support the ornithological work of the Observatory (‘have another pint for the puffins’!), but perhaps more importantly, it is the focal point of the Obs social scene in the evenings.

We’re looking for someone who can work six of the evening shifts a week, starting at around 5pm to cover in the gift shop for a short spell, before staffing the bar for the evening. Generally the bar is not very busy (we're not talking about Sunderland city centre on a Saturday night), so we’d only have one person on duty and you’d be responsible for stocking, sales, cashing up etc, as well as helping to organise some of the social events along with the Ranger.

The main requirements are some experience of cash handling and till work, preferably bar experience (although other relevant catering experience may be sufficient), a friendly, outgoing, flexible and patient personality and the ability to live on a remote island.

The volunteer position is available from 1st May until 31st July (although we may consider shorter stays). In return for your work, you will be given free board and accommodation in a shared en-suite room. Although you may have to occasionally help with tasks such as unloading bar orders, you will have a lot of free time during the day to enjoy the island. There may be opportunities to help with the ornithological work if you are interested in doing so. The closing date for applications is 24th March and we’ll let you know if you’ve been successful by the end of March.

If you are interested, email fibo@btconnect.com or call 01595 760258 for details and an application form.

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