We are looking for a self-motivated person to join our busy team of vergers as a part-time Assistant Verger (20 hours per week).
The work of an Assistant Verger is varied. It includes liturgical duties preparing for and supporting clergy conducting services; security of the Cathedral’s buildings; and practical, day-to-day, support for all events in the Cathedral which is open 365 days a year. The Assistant Verger will work with the other vergers in the team and will report to the Head Verger.
The successful candidate will be well organised, with excellent personal, relational and communication skills and a high standard of personal appearance. The ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a small team are essential. The work carried out by the vergers is often of a physical nature. Physical fitness and the ability to help with these takes is therefore important.
They will be able to work with all members of the staff and volunteer teams and be willing to engage with Chapter and our partners and stakeholders. They will wish to further the mission of the Cathedral and will be in sympathy with the Christian faith.
Provide support to any individual or agency using the Cathedral for a religious or secular event.
To assist in the movement and arrangement of furniture and equipment to prepare for different events.
To be responsible for the removal of cash donations from the offertory boxes and for the security thereafter.
To be responsible for the care of plate and Cathedral valuables.
Liaise as necessary with visitors in terms of answering queries or dealing with those needing assistance.
Security & Safety
To be responsible for the security of the Cathedral including the daily routine of unlocking and locking.
To be responsible for the operation of the Cathedral’s fire and intruder alarms.
To be responsible for the safe evacuation of the Cathedral in the event of a fire alarm or other emergency.
To be responsible for the safety of all visitors, volunteers and employees using the Cathedral in terms of the building fabric and specific activities (within guidelines produced by the Health and Safety Officer) and being available to help with difficult situations with individuals if they arise (within management guidelines).
To act as a First Aider at Work (after receipt of suitable training).
Attend verger team meetings and other Cathedral staff meetings as required.
Develop good communication and positive working relationships with other members of the department, clergy and Cathedral staff and volunteers.
Education & Training
Good general standard of attainment in English and Maths.
First Aider at Work qualification
Knowledge & Experience
Knowledge and experience of safeguarding procedures and protocols
Experience of working with the public
Experience of working with volunteers
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Experience of managing the logistics of events in a public building
Knowledge of Health & Safety requirements in the workplace
Understanding of and enthusiasm for the Cathedral’s overall mission
In sympathy with the Christian faith
The Cathedral was founded in 604 and is the second oldest Cathedral in England. Much of the current building is Norman and the earliest parts were built by Bishop Gundulf (who was also responsible for the construction of Rochester Castle and the White Tower of London) in the late 11th century. After a serious fire in 1137, it was rebuilt in the Romanesque style and it is this part (from 1140-60) that is the Nave today. Further building began in the 1180’s, when the Eastern end was remodelled in the Gothic style. In the 1340’s Bishop Hamo de Hythe added a central tower and spire and redecorated the Quire. He also added the Library doorway, with its superb carved surround.