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Castell Bronllys Keykeeper

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is seeking a dedicated key keeper with responsibility for checking the monument on a daily basis.
Keykeepers are invaluable to Cadw as they are relied upon to ensure the monument is always well-presented and well-turned out for our visitors and to keep a day to day eye on the condition of the monument.
The generic duties at or around the monument are:

  • locking and unlocking the monument on a daily basis for 361 days per year ensuring that it is open from at least 10am till 4pm but locked from dusk till dawn
  • picking up litter (including dog mess) for which equipment will be provided
  • reporting any monument damage or vandalism to Cadw
  • reporting anti-social behaviour to Cadw and if necessary notifying police of any undesirable person or activities at the monument.

The post is not a salaried position – a modest fee is paid gross of income tax and National Insurance contributions on a quarterly basis. The key keeper will not be a Welsh Government employee, agent or partner and will be appointed as an independent contractor.
Keykeepers are expected to live in close proximity to their monument and no more than a distance of 2-3 miles away at the most.

If you think you can meet this challenge and commitment, please send your expression of interest outlining how you would be able to meet the duties required and any relevant experience, to the postal or email address below (email preferred) by the closing date. Please include your postcode and the distance to the monument.
Estates & Property Team
Ty Afon
Bedwas Road
CF83 8WT
Closing Date: 10am 19 April 2024.

Working in Cadw provides an opportunity to play your part in looking after the historic environment of Wales. 

Whether carrying out specialist conservation work, advising owners of historic properties on best practice maintenance or welcoming visitors to one of the special places we look after. 

Cadw is an agency of the Welsh Government, so people who work here are civil servants. We offer many benefits, including training and development opportunities, pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance, flexible working (depending on your role). And of course the chance to be a part of a committed team who are proud to be keeping Wales’ historic assets ‘tidy’ for future generations to enjoy. 

There are a number of jobs for which the ability to speak Welsh is essential and this will be set out in the job advertisement. We encourage and provide opportunities for people to learn Welsh and, if you are a Welsh-speaker, you can expect a bilingual working environment and HR services and information available bilingually. 

Our jobs include: 

  • Stonemason       
  • Custodian             
  • Conservation specialist 
  • Archaeologist      
  • Historic Buildings inspector

We also employ people who do: 

casework, estates, events, facilities, finance, grants, health & safety, HR, interpretation, lifelong learning, marketing, photography, publications,  retail, web development and even wedding planning! 

We recruit on merit on the basis of fair and open competition in line with civil service recruitment principles.  Details of vacancies can be found by visiting Jobs and vacancies | GOV.WALES.

If you are interested in working for us and would like to be notified as and when opportunities arise, please visit the Welsh Government recruitment website and register for job alerts.

As part of the Welsh Government, the relationship we have with our trade unions is based on a social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:

  • PCS
  • Prospect
  • FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:

  • pay
  • terms and conditions
  • policies and procedures
  • organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions. 
The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.