Volunteer vacancies on the West Somerset Railway

WSRA Vacancies

WSRA Volunteer Trustee with a fundraising remit.

The West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) Board have agreed the need for an additional Volunteer Trustee to join the Board with the specific remit of Fundraising. This is in order to help develop and oversee the WSRA’s future fundraising activities. It is an unpaid volunteer position which the WSRA have identified as a key part of their future direction in order to build a robust and comprehensive fundraising solution to help support the West Somerset Railway to develop and grow into the future. Working in partnership with the West Somerset Railway PLC and other members of the WSR Family the role will also play a key part, and as such its importance to the future of the wider WSR cannot be overstated.
It has also been agreed, in addition by the WSRA Board, that a professional fund raising solution/team be put in place in the coming period which this person will help develop, implement and oversee. Therefore the person we are looking for must have experience of fund raising at a suitable level, be a strategic thinker, be able to plan how this project is formed and to help set its strategy and direction.
Although unpaid, becoming a Trustee with this remit at this time will be very rewarding in terms of satisfaction, personal enhancement and betterment, test the person’s skills and help add and build upon somebody's existing portfolio of achievement. Working with a wide range of internal and external partners and in effect putting in place this strategy from scratch will allow the right person to achieve a solution which is rare as an opportunity, and will have a large and lasting positive effect on the WSR as a whole.
The person chosen for this role will need to be or become a WSRA Member and whilst in the first instance maybe co-opted to the WSRA Board by their fellow Trustees, will as requirements dictate need to be voted in by the membership at a later date.
For the right person this is an exciting and unusual opportunity which doesn’t come along very often and is available to anybody in the community with a suitable background.
In the first instance please contact Andy Norman, andy.norman@wsra.org.uk or 07590 487885 for more details and an informal chat to discuss the opportunity further.


Steam Rally Volunteers
The annual Steam Fayre and Vintage Vehicle Rally is our major fundraising event.  In 2019 it will be held on 3rd and 4th August. It is a major event in the Steam Rally Calendar and we could not run it without an army of enthusiastic volunteers.

The Planning starts in November 2018.  We need  help before, during and after the event with a range of tasks from Marshalls and Safety Officer to Barmaid and Programme Seller.

For more information and to download an application form please visit  the dedicated website.


WSRA Land Steward

The Trustees are seeking a steward to advise on the maintenance and upkeep of the 33 acres the charity owns at Norton Fitzwarren.

The right applicant should have farming and general land management knowledge and experience. The land is designated agricultural land and there are arrangements in place for use by a local farmer.

Anyone interested in the role should contact the WSRA general manager in the first instance manager@wsra.org.uk 

Other WSR Vacancies

Quantock Belle Dining Train volunteers

The WSRA owned Quantock Belle dining train is operated and run by the WSR plc. They are recruiting for new volunteers for the bar, the kitchen and stewarding roles.   The work is varied, fun and rewarding and previous catering experience is not essential as full training will be given.

For more information, please contact  Mark Hill, Head of Commercial Services.


Admin Volunteers at Minehead

A number of volunteers are required at Minehead to undertake a variety of interesting and varied administrative duties. These include providing assistance to Directors and Managers within the Company.
Some of the positions are for part-time staff and job holders may work days and hours which suit their availability.

The positions will suit those with clerical experience in a busy environment. Applicants should be familiar with the use of PC's and spreadsheets.

If you, or anybody that you know, are interested, please submit brief details to hr@wsrail.net and somebody will contact you



We are seeking to appoint a Nurse Advisor as a key member of the medical function of West Somerset Railway.

Somerset GP, Dr Andrew Tressider, joined as Medical Officer earlier in the year and would  welcome a colleague to support the WSR to help carry out the on-going medical programme to assess the medical fitness of paid and volunteer staff for safety critical duties.

This is an important volunteer role with a commitment of half a day / a day per month. Actual hours of working may be flexible to accommodate the post holder`s other commitments.

Applicants should be a qualified nurse or nurse practitioner, ideally with experience of occupational health or practice nursing.

If you would like to discuss this initially please contact Paul Conibeare, General Manager [telephone 01643 700388].

Further details, including job description are provided in the application pack available from hr@wsrail.net. Completed applications should be returned under confidential cover to the HR Department, West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead TA24 5BG


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