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Visitor Operations Manager (seasonal)

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York Maze is a multi-award-winning seasonal visitor attraction with a small core team of hard working, enthusiastic and adaptable year-round staff. Our mission is to give every visitor an amazing experience! We open in the summer from July – September and in October for our Hallowscream nights and Hallowtween afternoons. We are looking for a seasonal (July - Nov) Visitor Operations / Event Manager role to manage our large operations team. 

Purpose of the role

The Visitor Operations Manager works seasonally and is responsible for training, rostering and the day-to-day management of the visitor operations team. Ensuring staff are trained, motivated and supported to deliver the amazing customer service York Maze is known for whilst keeping the visitors’ safe. In the summer this role is responsible for approximately 60 seasonal staff who supervise the activities & attractions, keep the park & toilets clean and tidy, drive the Crowmania ride tractors, and do meet & greet sessions dressed in the York Maze mascot & dinosaur costumes. At Halloween the role is responsible for approximately 20 staff who control the queue lines at the entrance to the five scare houses, sell tokens for the fairground rides, and keep the toilets and public areas clean and tidy. The role is predominantly working out on site, pro-actively managing the teams and in the summer responding to first aid calls, but some office and admin work is required.

Key Objectives

Rota - In conjunction with Operations Director construct a rota to ensure all key roles are covered, utilise the skills of the team and their job preferences whilst giving variety.

Training – manage training for new starters and returners covering safe operation of attractions, York Maze core values, health & safety etc.

Staff management – effective communication with staff to ensure York Maze values are displayed and the Rota is understood and adhered to. Proactively monitor staff absence and dynamically adjust rota to ensure key roles are covered every day.

Communication – keep Director of Operations and other key stakeholders informed on training and operational rota changes. Manage staff radios issuing and collecting them each day making sure they are charged overnight.

First Aid – During the summer season the Visitor Operations Manager is often the first person to respond to first aid calls, though a rota of First Aid trained staff are on duty each day. At Halloween event first aid staff are engaged.

Liaison – work alongside and keep colleagues in other departments informed of changes in rota and any maintenance issues impacting their departments.

Essential Skills

  • Driving Licence (York Maze is not well served by public transport, access to own transport is essential.)
  • First Aid at Work
  • Excel & Word
  • Ability to train, motivate & manage a team of typically student age staff
  • Communicate effectively and work alongside other department leads
  • Excellent customer service skills, ability to manage customer expectations when things go wrong


The successful candidate is likely to have experience in the events, tourism, leisure, sport, hospitality or visitor attraction sector. Experience of managing a large team is essential, as is a passion for delivering amazing customer service in a large volume operation.

Hours of Work

Starting 1 July (or possibly a bit earlier). Last day on site 8 Nov (with accrued holidays/lieu days paid to late Nov). The role is contracted for 8hrs per day (with 30 min break) However because of the seasonal nature of the work with long days during opening hours, additional hours worked will be paid in lieu or time off in lieu at standard rate. Weekend working during our operating season is expected.


Pro Rata full year 32 days including public holidays. As we are only open for a short period of time, Holidays may not be taken during July & August or when we are open at Halloween. September, and November after we close for the season are good times for holidays. 

Pay & Benefits

Salary £35k - £45k FTE - Circa £18k - £22k for 21 weeks DOE (25 weeks including 4 weeks accumulated Lieu time) plus benefits

Further Information

A copy of the full job description can be downloaded here - Visitor Operations Manager (Seasonal) Job Description

To apply

Please email your CV and links to examples of your work to

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Opens Sat 13th July - Mon 2nd Sept 2024

10am - 6.30pm (Last admission 3pm)