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THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY is a successful and expanding heritage railway, operating steam trains on some 200 days per year. We are a major tourist attraction with well over 110,000 visitors each year and we are committed to an excellent visitor experience.

Vacancies for any full-time or part-time posts available at The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will normally be advertised on this page.

We currently have both Volunteer and Non-volunteer vacancies available at the Railway:-


Appointment of a Heritage & Learning Manager

IMPORTANT NOTE: The closing date for this position has been extended to Friday 20th December.


The award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway is able to offer a unique opportunity to a suitably qualified and experienced individual to lead its Heritage and Learning Department at Havenstreet.

As a Registered Educational Charity and an Arts Council England Accredited Museum, the Steam Railway is one of the top tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight and welcomes in excess of 90,000 visitors per annum.

In addition to the day to day running of our Heritage & Learning Department, manned entirely by volunteers, we are looking for a candidate who can develop, manage and further enhance educational provision and access across the whole railway as a working museum.

Applicants should have a sound knowledge of the Museum sector and experience of managing and motivating a dedicated volunteer workforce. The Steam Railway is seeking to expand the range of facilities available to its visitors and the appointee will play a key role in this development.  The post is offered as a salaried position, based on a 4/5 day week.

For further information view the Terms of Reference HERE
To view the job advert click HERE

To apply, please contact Di Hollander with your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, either by email DiH@iwsteamrailway.co.uk, or in writing to:

Di Hollander, Assistant to the General Manager, Isle of Wight Railway Co Ltd., Havenstreet Station, RYDE, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS.


Closing date for applications will be 30 November 2019.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The closing date for this position has been extended to Friday 20th December.

Applications received to date will be carried over for consideration after the extended date.



Skilled Carpenter

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to join the team of skilled Carpenters working at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  The team restore passenger carriages, wagons, historical railway relics, build display stands and undertake many other carpentry related tasks. 

The successful candidate will be based in the Carpenter’s Shop of the Rolling Stock Department and will assist the Estates Section in a wide range of repair and maintenance tasks on our buildings, structures, exhibits and the surrounding site.  

This is a permanent position for 30 hours per week.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a top IW tourist attraction and one of the country’s premier heritage railways, renowned for giving an excellent visitor experience.  The successful candidate will work alongside our existing workforce of both volunteer and paid staff to maintain our railway to the high standard of safety and appearance that is expected of us.

If interested, please apply by post or e-mail, with your full CV, a brief statement of your suitability and salary expectations to:

Harriet Townsend
The Isle of Wight Railway Co Ltd
The Railway Station, Havenstreet
Isle of Wight 
PO33 4DS

Email: Harriet.Townsend@iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2019


THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY is an equal opportunities employer.

Estates Assistant

The Estates Section has a wide remit and undertakes the servicing, maintenance and repair of buildings, services and grounds of the Railway. 

An opportunity has arisen for us to employ an enthusiastic and dedicated individual with the skills necessary to assist the Estates Foreman in a wide range of repair and maintenance tasks on our buildings and surrounding site.  Work will involve carpentry, decorating, plumbing, minor building works and basic electrics.

This is a permanent position for 22.5 hours per week.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a top IW tourist attraction and one of the country’s premier heritage railways, renowned for giving an excellent visitor experience.  The successful candidate will work alongside our existing workforce of both volunteer and paid staff to maintain our buildings and site to the high standard of safety and appearance that is expected of us.

If interested, please apply by post or e-mail, with your full CV, a brief statement of your suitability and salary expectations, to:

Sandie Jones
The Isle of Wight Railway Co Ltd
The Railway Station, Havenstreet
Isle of Wight 
PO33 4DS

Email: sandraj@iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2019


THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY is an equal opportunities employer.

Volunteering Opportunities

We currently require individuals to work in all departments throughout the Railway.  Take a look at our Volunteer pages.  Whether you are looking for an interesting and rewarding volunteer role or to acquire training and a skill set for your CV, we have something for you.

You can download a Volunteer leaflet below or contact our Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail at volunteer@iwsteamrailway.co.uk   Or you can telephone on 01983 882204.

To see what's available go to the Volunteer pages - click HERE for further information

  • Station Maintenance
  • Gardening
  • Fund-raising
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operating trains
  • Catering
  • Administration
  • Carriage & Wagon
  • Special Events
  • Train Story Guide
  • Customer Service / Booking Clerk


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