Job & Volunteer Vacancies

Paid Vacancies

Retail Supervisor – Be part of the World’s First Preserved Railway

The Talyllyn Railway is a heritage railway based in Tywyn, Gwynedd.  The railway has run since 1865 and attracts around 50,000 visitors every year.  A vital part of the business is our shop and café, and to continue our growth in that area we are creating a new full time post of Retail Supervisor.

As Retail Supervisor you’ll play a key role in coaching and motivating Shop staff and be an integral part of the management team.  You will have responsibility for the profitability of the retail operation along the Railway and ensure a great experience for our customers.   As you would expect most of our trade occurs in the holiday months – so you would be required to work flexibly – which would include weekends and Bank Holidays.

The Position:

  • Driving Sales Targets and exploring sales opportunities – both in store and online
  • A Role Model for customer service standards
  • Exploring and implementing fundraising opportunities
  • Ensuring our premises are a safe place for staff and customers

Requirements:

  • Have experience in Retail – ideally in a Heritage Environment
  • Be a confident communicator who can engage with and motivate others
  • Have a good understanding of merchandising
  • Have a sound commercial awareness and be computer literate
  • Be able to work under pressure and adapt to change

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Staff discounts including free travel on the railway
  • Discounted leisure travel on mainline railways (after probation period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Uniform

Location – with wonderful beaches on the doorstep, and mountains in the background – Tywyn is a wonderful place to work.  Tywyn benefits from a mainline railway station and good bus links.

For more information please contact our Commercial Manager Lorraine Simkiss by phone on 01654 710472 or email enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk.   To apply please forward your current CV and salary expectations.

Closing date for applications Friday 22nd February.

Full Time Cook – Be part of the World’s First Preserved Railway

The Talyllyn Railway is a heritage railway based in Tywyn, Gwynedd.  The railway has run since 1865 and attracts around 50,000 visitors every year.  A vital part of the business is our café, and to continue our growth in that area we are recruiting a permanent full time cook.

As Cook you will report to our catering manager and will be an integral part of the catering team.  As you would expect most of our trade occurs in the holiday months – so you would be required to work flexibly – which would include weekends and Bank Holidays.

The Position:

  • Preparing breakfasts, lunches and event catering at our two cafes
  • Working as part of the catering team to deliver a quality offering

Requirements:

  • Have experience of working in a professional kitchen setting
  • Have knowledge of food hygiene practices and knowledge of allergies and impacts (training available)
  • Ideally have experience of menu plan taking into consideration portions, allergies, dietary and age requirements.
  • Ability to maintain good stock control and storage of food, equipment and cleaning items in line with level five Environmental Health Food Hygiene and COSHH standards
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have a positive non-judgmental approach
  • Be able to work under pressure and adapt to change

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Staff discounts including free travel on the railway
  • Discounted leisure travel on mainline railways (after probation period)
  • Pension scheme
  • Uniform

Location – with wonderful beaches on the doorstep, and mountains in the background – Tywyn is a great place to work.  Tywyn benefits from a mainline railway station and good bus links.

For more information please contact our Commercial Manager Lorraine Simkiss by phone on 01654 710472 or email enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk.   To apply please forward your current CV and salary expectations.

Closing date for applications Friday 22nd February.

 

Volunteer Vacancies

 

Catering Assistant – King’s Cafe, Tywyn Wharf Station
Catering Assistant – Quarrymans Caban Tea Room, Abergynolwyn Station

We are looking for cheerful people to join our friendly and dedicated team in
both of our catering outlets.

Hours can be flexible to suit your needs, the main role involves:-
* serving at the counter and food service
* help clearing and wiping tables
* helping with washing up

Hours are flexible – any help would be gratefully received!

Ideally, we are looking for volunteers to help over the busy lunch time periods for anything from a couple of hours, to help keep the cafes looking their best, the tables clear, the displays full and help with the washing up. You would be very much part of the team and made very welcome.

If you are interested, please contact Karen our Catering Manager at kings@talyllyn.co.uk, or pop into King’s Cafe at Tywyn Wharf station –  speak to Karen.

Booking Clerks

The role of a Booking Clerk is the important first link the customer has with our Railway. A broad smile, welcoming nature, and good appearance are the all important first needs of a Booking Clerk.

Our Booking Clerks have a state of the art IT system for issuing tickets at their disposal, and the handling of money is a much simpler process with the computerised system managing every transaction. The role of Booking Clerk is a very rewarding position, meeting the public face to face, advising of what our Railway has to offer, as well as advising on how to make the most of the Railway.

For more information please email: enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk

Traffic Staff

The Traffic Department volunteers are often the most visible to the passenger, in their role as Guard, Stationmaster, or Blockman (the TR “Signalman”).

A Guard normally begins the day by cleaning and preparing the train. This is followed by two or more trips up the line, when he or she is responsible both for looking after passengers and the safe, punctual operation of the train. All Guards begin as Trainees, working alongside an experienced Guard and possibly an Assistant Guard. As in all departments, the training is very practical – you will learn about ticket issuing and checking, and you will build up your experience of the line and the operation of the railway, which will enable you, once you have become an Assistant, to begin guarding trains under the supervision of the Guard.

Guards also perform station duties. However, if you enjoy meeting the public, but do not wish to work on the trains themselves, you may decide to become a Station Assistant, which can also be a very worthwhile and rewarding experience.

Blockman is responsible for the signalling and passing of trains up and down the line. Although this may seem a more solitary occupation, particularly when you are rostered at some of the more remote blockposts, Blockmen often find that passengers are very interested in their work, and love to chat.

Controller is in charge of the operation of the Railway and experienced Blockmen and Guards can apply to be considered for this training.

For more information please email: enquiries@talyllyn.co.uk