Saturday 23 November 2019

25 of the coolest jobs in Gloucestershire

If the typical nine-to-five isn’t for you, discover 25 of the coolest alternative jobs in the county – from wingwalking and tattooing to cracking codes at GCHQ and gardening at Sudelely Castle.

From being a master brewer and a keeper for Cotswold Wildlife Park, to distilling gin and walking the wire at Giffords Circus, we have scoured high and low for some of the coolest jobs in Gloucestershire.

1. Wingwalker at Breitling Wingwalkers

If you have a head for heights and can imagine performing handstands on the wing of a restored 1940s aeroplane as it loops above spectators, a job with Breitling Wingwalkers is for you.

The world’s only formation wingwalking team is based in Cirencester and performs more than 80 displays a year. The only snag is you must be shorter than 5’ 5” and weigh less than eight-and-a-half stone to apply.

2. Fitting model for Superdry

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Cheltenham’s urban fashion giant, Superdry, occasionally has exciting vacancies fit for fashionistas who are size 10 and between 5’5” and 5’8”, as well as medium-sized men between 5’9” and 6’1”, to act as fitting models – with full sizing specifications available on its website.

Working out of its Cheltenham design studio, models try on sample garments for the designers to adjust before the new collections are rolled out in stores across the world.

3. Keeper at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Whether you’re potty about primates or rave about reptiles, a keeper role at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford could be just the job.

While it may not be the most glamorous of vocations, keepers are responsible for everything from mucking out, feeding and grooming, to reporting injuries and delivering talks to visitors – and they get to spend all day, every day with their favourite furry, spiky, scaly and feathered friends.

4. Gardener at Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle’s breathtaking gardens don’t win awards on their own, with the historic venue near Winchcombe employing a small team of green-fingered experts who work tirelessly to manage its 10 immaculate gardens.

From trimming box hedges in the Elizabethan knot garden and pruning the famous roses where four queens have walked, to weeding the sensory herb gardens and maintaining the impressive mulberry tree that was planted in 1865, there’s plenty to keep the gardeners busy.

5. Baker at Hobbs House Bakery

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Paul Hollywood, then you’ll jump at the chance to work as a baker for Hobbs House Bakery, an independent family business run by The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert.

The origins of Hobbs House date back to the 1920s, and today the bakery continues to be known for its delicious handmade bread that encompasses its signature Sherston loaf, sourdough, buns, brioche and more. Bakers at Hobbs House can expect to learn the tricks of the trade that have been passed down for generations – and of course you’ll never eat bad bread again!

6. Coach at Gloucester Rugby

Working as a coach for the mighty Cherry and Whites would be the icing on the cake for rugby enthusiasts. Gloucester Rugby has a team of coaches, covering everything from defence and strength and conditioning, to backs and forwards specialists, who help players with athletic performance, technique and foster team spirit.

Other cool jobs at Gloucester Rugby include team physio or medic, or if you love the idea of getting the crowd warmed up before the match, you could always step into the suit of club mascot, Kingsley.

7. Acrobat for Giffords Circus

If you’re flexible, fit and don’t mind flinging yourself off the flying trapeze, walking the wire or contorting your body, all with a smile on your face – then a stint in the famous Giffords Circus could prove an exhilarating career for you.

Performing in some splendid surroundings across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, you’ll not only get to rub shoulders with the famous Tweedy, but enjoy all the camaraderie that goes hand-in-hand with this unique travelling circus.

8. Code-breaker for GCHQ

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Technically they’re not called code-breakers as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is so secretive that we don’t even know what their official job titles are! All we know is that the brainiest mathematicians and hackers unite at The Doughnut in Cheltenham to battle against cybercrime.

So, if you fancy yourself as an Alan Turing in the making, then a code-breaking career at GCHQ could be for you. In 2013 GCHQ ran an innovative recruitment drive, inviting potential candidates to try and crack the Behind the Code challenge, in order to become part of the elite team at the intelligence agency.

9. Jewellery designer for Beards

One of the UK’s most prestigious jewellers, Beards in Cheltenham has been bringing smiles and tears of joy to the faces of countless brides-to-be and family heirloom holders since 1804.

Take your creativity to a new level by working as a designer for the family-run jewellers, crafting beautiful, bespoke pieces, spanning rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, made from fine metals and precious gems.

10. Sushi chef at Kibou Sushi

Considered to be one of the best sushi spots for miles around, Kibou Sushi in Cheltenham is a small restaurant that’s always crammed with customers who go to get their fix of Japanese cuisine.

To keep up with the constant demand, its chefs must be quick with a knife and have an excellent knowledge of fish, raw foods and how flavours blend in one bite in order to create mini works of art, that are almost a shame to eat!

11. Tattoo artist at NR Studio

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Boasting more than 30 years of combined experience, NR Studios is a hugely popular Cheltenham tattoo studio that has won countless awards over the years. Each of its artists specialise in a different type of tattoo, whether it be illustrative, colour, or large-scale black and grey.

A canny knack for art, good hand-eye coordination and a flair for design and creativity are key skills needed to become a tattoo artist, and it goes without saying, that if you’re squeamish around needles, then it might not the job for you!

12. Stable hand at Cheltenham Racecourse

Those with a real equestrian passion should snap-up the chance to care for horses at the internationally-renowned Cheltenham Racecourse.

From grooming and feeding to exercising and even first aid, Sizing John wouldn’t have stood a chance of winning the 2017 Gold Cup without the help of his devoted stable hand.

13. Stage door receptionist at Everyman Theatre

Hosting an eclectic line up of drama, dance, opera and ballet, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre attracts a stellar line-up which tread the boards at one of Gloucestershire’s finest entertainment venues.

If you fancy getting up close to some top acting, comic and musical talent, meeting and greeting stars as stag door reception could be just the ticket. Or if you fancy putting pen to paper, the role of creative director offers the chance to write, direct and programme shows.

14. Head brewer at Gloucester Brewery

If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, then coming up with new concoctions for the award-winning Gloucester Brewery is definitely a career you might want to look into.

Located at Gloucester Docks, the micro-brewery specialises in producing a range of beers the span modern hop-focussed styles to classic English brews, with the dedicated team passionate about creating quality ales.

15. Instructor at Ian Coley Shooting School

Located on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Ian Coley is one of the county’s top shooting schools and employs a team of experienced instructors who help complete novices and seasoned pros improve their game.

Owned by six-time Olympic coach, Ian Coley, the renowned school is set within mature woodland and offers a range of different shooting stands for practising clay shooting, while there’s also an air rifle range – making it a dream job for country sports enthusiasts.

16. Music booker at Wychwood Festival

Wychwood has been attracting music fans to its family-friendly festival at Cheltenham Racecourse for 13 years, with the event a must-visit highlight on Gloucestershire’s summer calendar.

If music’s your bag, imagine picking the line-up for the event, which has seen the likes of UB40, Reef, Newton Faulkner, and Toploader take to the stage, with the annual showcase also featuring comedy acts, tempting food and drink, and activities galore for little ones.

17. Sheep shearer at Cotswold Farm Park

Home to some of the cutest creatures around, Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is haven for animal lovers of all ages who flock to meet cuddly rabbits, bottle feed lambs, stroke the goats, and handle chicks.

Demonstrations are a big part of life on Cotswold Farm Park, which employs a dedicated team who care for the animals. During the summer staff are busy with sheep shearing, while come spring it’s all about the lambing season and after-care of the newborns, so there are plenty of opportunities for animal lovers.

18. Sous chef at Le Champignon Sauvage

Set your sights high and get to work in the kitchen of Le Champignon Sauvauge, Cheltenham’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant.

Under the guidance of acclaimed chef, David Everitt-Matthias, budding culinary stars can hone their skills as they learn how to perfect the art of fine dining.

19. Gin distiller

The popularity of gin shows no sign of slowing down, with craft distilleries now cropping up across Gloucestershire. If G&T is your drink of choice then working at a distillery would be something of a match made in heaven.

The county is home to Sibling Distillery in Cheltenham, with its signature gin featuring notes of vanilla, blueberries, orange and lemon to give it a unique taste; along with Cotswolds Distillery near Shipston-on-Stour.

20. Beauty therapist at Soho Farmhouse

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Soho House’s Cotswold outpost certainly brings a new meaning to the world of luxury, with the private members’ club home to a Cowshed spa that would be a dreamy place for beauticians to work their magic.

And if beauty isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other cool jobs at Soho Farmhouse, from groundskeepers and horse riding instructors, to wedding planners and cookery school teachers.

21. Water polo instructor at Sandford Parks Lido

Sandford Parks Lido isn’t just for swimming, with Cheltenham Water Polo Club, currently British League Champions, using the outdoor pool for training. The fast-paced and challenging sport isn’t for the faint-hearted and requires plenty of athleticism, dedication, and guidance from a focussed coach.

If you prefer a gentler pace, the lido also hosts a mini-polo activity week that is designed to help young players get a grasp of the sport. Or, if you’re looking for a summer job, then you could also be a lifeguard at the popular sporting attraction.

22. Musician at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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While Cheltenham Jazz Festival welcomes a host of well-known artists from around the world, it also showcases up-and-coming talent and offers the chance to throw the spotlight light on lesser-known performers.

Budding stars can upload tracks to the BBC Introducing… platform, which guest curator Jamie Cullum then selects to perform to crowds at the Jazz Festival, which descends on Cheltenham every May.

23. Ice-cream maker at Winstones

With almost 100 years in business, Winstones Ice Cream certainly knows a thing or two about making its award-winning creations, which are sold at its Stroud factory shop, from its ice-cream vans the travel round the county, and at retailers, pubs and more across the Cotswolds.

Boasting 30 delicious dairy flavours, including spiced plum, rhubarb crumble, honeycomb crunch, and chocolate fudge brownie, along with five sorbets, there are favourite scoops for everyone to try. And you can be sure that the ice-cream makers also get to test new combos on a regular basis – it’s a hard life!

24. Guide with Cotswold Tuk Tuk Tours

Imagine zipping round the countryside showing tourists the sights as a guide for Cotswold Tuk Tuk Tours. The cool concept runs full-day tours of the Cotswolds, taking in some of the prettiest villages, classic sites, and scenic routes, while offering the chance to tuck into a fish and chip lunch, and English cream tea.

The tuk tuks, which travelled all the way from Thailand, are fitted with mod cons and offer a comfortable ride so that visitors can whizz round the Cotswolds in chauffeur-driven style.

25. Handler at International Centre for Birds of Prey

The specialist zoo near Newent has more than 250 raptors, including owls, eagles, hawks and vultures that are cared for by the charity’s dedicated team of handlers. The zoo, which celebrates its 50th year in 2017, is the world’s oldest dedicated birds of prey centre and offers the chance to see impressive flying demonstrations.

Working with birds of prey takes a lot of patience and the birds’ welfare is at the forefront of The International Centre for Birds of Prey, as is conservation, with the centre taking in more than 100 injured wild raptors every year, along with being the leading centre for captive breeding.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 June 2017

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