Seasonal Receptionist - part time

We are recruiting a part-time receptionist to be the first point of contact at our Harbour Office for the busy summer season.  You will deliver professional customer service whilst fielding the many and varied queries that we receive every day either in person or by phone.  You will take payment and issue harbour dues plaques to customers, provide visitor information to the public, prepare outgoing post, accept deliveries and support the finance team.

You will be:

  • outgoing and confident and enjoy being in a busy public facing environment.
  • confident communicating on all levels with a diverse range of customers, visitors and colleagues to ensure a smooth-running operation.
  • experienced in cash handling, till use and basic reconciliations.
  • experienced in telephone call handling.
  • confident using Office software and comfortable learning to use new systems.
  • good at problem solving and able to use your initiative.
  • able to travel using your own transport due to the location of the office.

We offer:

  • competitive pay and pension.
  • free car parking.
  • ongoing training.
  • enjoyable, varied work in a beautiful location.

The position is temporary and part-time, working 19.5 hours per week, Thursday and Friday 8.30-5.00 and Saturday 8.30 – 1.00 until 31 October 2021.

There may be an opportunity for the right candidate to convert the role into a permanent position.  A good knowledge of the Chichester Harbour area would be an advantage, but full training will be given.

Pay: £10.01 per hour

To apply, please download, complete and return the application form, paying close attention to the Job Description and Person Specification. <span style="color: rgb(45, 45, 45); font-family: " noto="" sans",="" "helvetica="" neue",="" helvetica,="" arial,="" "liberation="" roboto,="" noto,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 14px;"="">CVs are only acceptable in support of a fully completed application form.  

Applications can be sent by email to or by post marked Private & Confidential to Gina Simpson, Finance Manager, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW.

For an informal discussion about the post, please call Gina Simpson on 01243 512301.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 8 July with interviews on 14 and 15 July.

Solar Heritage Skippers and Crew

Solar Heritage is a unique vessel offering visitor trips in Chichester Harbour.  She is a virtually silent, solar-powered catamaran that seats up to 50 passengers, allowing them to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We are recruiting skippers and crew to join our bank of staff operating either from Itchenor or Emsworth.  Trips take place regularly throughout the year but with the majority during the spring, summer and autumn months.

Skippers are required to have a Boatmaster licence for category B and C waters or higher and we are also interested in potential crew members who would like to work towards gaining their Boatmaster licence.

We offer regular work and good rates of pay and are alsways looking to add to our regular bank of staff, so if you would like to know more, please download the job descriptions and person specifications and contact Adrian Karn – Deputy Harbour Master on 01243 512301.

Work Experience

The Conservancy accepts two students per year on work experience placements.  The emphasis is on education, nature conservation and harbour management. Preference will be given to students attending local schools and/or with their main residence in the Harbour area.

We can offer a maximum of one week’s work equivalent to five working days.  The period of work is likely to include the weekends on either side of the working week with equivalent time off during the week.

Guidelines for applicants:

  • You need to be happy to work both in an office and outdoors

  • You will probably be asked to assist with a guided walk of some distance

  • You are likely to be involved with a practical outdoor tasks with the Rangers

  • You need appropriate outdoor gear for wet and muddy conditions and for going out on the water (a life jacket will be supplied)

  • You will require family support with transport due to the rural locations of our offices at Itchenor and Dell Quay

  • Written consent will be required from parents as placements are likely to include at least one session on the water

  • Due to health and safety at work regulations not all tasks are appropriate for work experience students. 

Application deadlines for academic year, September 2020 – August 2021

Applications are accepted in the autumn for placements in the following year.   Successful applicants will be contacted to confirm dates.  All unsuccessful applicants will be notified.

Please complete the Work Experience Application Form and or email it to marked FAO Education Officer or post to:

C/o Jane Latawski
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
The Harbour Office, The Street
Itchenor, Chichester
West Sussex
PO20 7AW