Rocket Vault Steward

The purpose of the charity is to preserve and share the History, Science & Nature of the 170 Acre Heritage site and to provide a safe & interesting place for all to visit.        

The Rocket Vault

This exhibition contains rocket motors and missiles relating to the post war research activities of the site in the areas of rocket propellants and materials. They relate to both military and civilian use in upper atmosphere and space research. 

The Rocket Vault is open on public days during our open season and is opened for interested groups.

The Volunteer Role

We need volunteers to welcome and assist visitors as they approach the exhibition and then to help the visitors get the most from their visit by giving interesting and relevant information to make the exhibits come alive!

While each exhibit is described in an A4 display panel and a DVD shows them in action, many visitors appreciate a personal guided tour.

The members of the Friends Association who set up and care for the exhibition can provide the appropriate information for new stewards.

There are also opportunities for research into this period of the history of the site, both in on site archives and also in the National Archives at Kew where many of our documents are now stored.

Roles and Responsibilities 

As guided by Friends Association members–

To ensure the exhibition is safe and looking its best at all times.

To welcome visitors and pass on relevant information in an interesting way and at a level to suit each visitor.

As part of the visitor attraction, applicants will also be expected to answer general queries from visitors, or direct them to find the information they require.

Everyone must ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and other relevant policies


We seek someone:

With the ability and willingness to understand and follow the rules/procedures to enable the visitors to enjoy their experience in safety and comfort.

Who is able to work with a wide range of the public in a calm, helpful and friendly manner.

With the ability to gauge the level at which to engage with each visitor and the level and amount of information to give to interest them.

With expertise/knowledge/or just interest in relevant science/history to give a good basis for learning the information to be passed on to the visitors.

While a basic knowledge of science is desirable, it is not essential, as full training will be provided by former staff who worked on these devices.

Confident in communicating with other staff/volunteers and visitors.

Who has a positive attitude and will work cooperatively in a team environment.


Experience of working for a charity in natural and historic surroundings.

To be part of a team providing a high quality service to visitors.

Having the opportunity to spend time on a worthwhile project

To work in a social environment

To learn about the science, history and nature of the site

Opportunity to be involved in other activities on site

Develop your skills and knowledge

Exposure and insight into: heritage, conservation and volunteering.

Free attendance to our events and training courses (if availability allows)


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 11/02/2019

End Date: 11/02/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

One day a week (or more), when open to the public.10am-5.00pm (ideally) ½ days accepted There is a rota on the days we open and we will ask volunteers to offer their time any days they can during these times. There may also be occasional other days for behind the scenes work. A regular commitment would be ideal but we will be grateful for any offer of time.


This opportunity is available in: Epping, Harlow

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