About Us

Action Transport Theatre (ATT) is an award-winning young people’s theatre company based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Our pioneering work ‘for, by and with’ children and young people has earned the company a strong reputation as leaders in the field. We have recently moved back into our newly developed theatre and arts venue in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port which include a 145-seat studio theatre, a café, workshop rooms, office spaces.


This is an exciting and pivotal year for our company as we manage the transition back to a re-developed arts and cultural venue due to open in spring/summer 2022. (You can read more about the current Capital Development here).

We need a new team member, who will work closely with the Head of Facilities and be responsible for the day-to-day upkeep and presentation of Whitby Hall, ensuring it is accessible, clean, safe and secure at all times.

The role needs a ‘people-person’ who can be welcoming to all our visitors and participants and might equally suit an experienced caretaker or someone keen to use transferable/ practical skills in a role in the arts sector.

Reports to: Head of Facilities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with venue maintenance and upkeep
  • Assisting with venue security and safety
  • Key holding

Key Tasks:

Your duties will include....

  • Supporting the company to ensure that the building is safe, accessible, welcoming and inclusive
  • Unlocking/locking of all areas of the building, including deactivating and setting of intruder alarm
  • Out of hours keyholding
  • Daily cleaning of designated areas including toilets, floors and windows in public spaces and staff areas, as well as dealing with ad hoc spillages, etc
  • Supervising the venue during evening and weekend activities from a security/H&S aspect
  • Monitoring/checking of all plant equipment
  • Monitoring and testing of fire alarm and all related items such as extinguishers, emergency lighting
  • Checking and restocking first aid kits
  • Basic maintenance, including changing light fittings, replacing taps, repairing flushes, attaching items to walls, etc
  • Ensuring the building remains free from hazards inside and out, reporting and dealing with any that arise
  • Liaising with contractors on arrival and during their time on site 
  • Keeping storerooms and external compound tidy and organised
  • Painting walls/skirting boards as part of an ongoing planned maintenance programme
  • Setting up rooms for events/bookings, e.g., arranging chairs and tables
  • Ensuring supplies of cleaning materials and toilet consumables are fully stocked
  • Receiving and distributing deliveries and other portering duties
  • Assisting visitors with enquiries

Venue Caretaker Person Specification

Essential Skills and Experience

  • The ability to build good rapport with our participants and visitors including children, young people and families
  • Minimum 2-3 yrs experience in a comparable role or a role that required similar skills
  • Excellent problem solving, organisational and communication skills
  • The capacity to work quickly and on your own under pressure
  • A level of confidence in operating fire panels and using electrical tools
  • A positive “can do” attitude
  • A basic level of practical skills, including cleaning, decorating and plumbing
  • The ability to self-motivate and prioritise within a complex workload
  • Good IT skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook
  • An understanding of Health and Safety practice and legislation
  • An appreciation of the value of creative work with children and young people
  • A proactive attitude to equality and diversity



  • Experience in the arts or charitable sector
  • Experience of Building Management Systems
  • Understanding of heating systems
  • First Aid trained


21 hours per week. Hours will be rota’d each week/month depending on need and may involve split shifts.  Some flexibility of hours can be offered to the right candidate.

A minimum of two evening shifts per week (sometimes more) and one weekend shift will be required.

ATT operates a Time Off in Lieu system.

Term – 10 months fixed term contract with the potential to extend – funding dependant

Base – Whitby Hall, Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port, CH64 9AE

Salary – £18,327 FTE

Holiday - 25 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata)

Application and interview process

To request an application form please email admin@actiontransporttheatre.org

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight on Thursday 28th April.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email on Friday 29th April and will be invited to an interview in the Venue on Friday 6th May. Please put the date in your diary.

Please note, if you meet all the essential criteria and are interested in applying but cannot make this interview date, please let us know and in some cases, we may be able to make alternative arrangements.