Employment Opportunities at Aillwee Cave

Would you like to join our Customer Service Team?

 For 2014 Season

Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is Ireland’s Premier Showcave and has over 100,000 visitors each year. It is situated in a scenic valley in the Burren in Co. Clare – an area popular with both International and Irish tourists.

Since 2008, at the Aillwee Cave Site, the Burren Birds of Prey Centre was opened and has been educating and entertaining visitors with many different breeds of Birds of Prey and dynamic flying displays daily.

The area of Ballyvaughan is a small village of about 500 people with three hotels, 5 pubs, 2 shops and several holiday homes. It is a busy village in the summer but quiet in the wintertime. The local area is scenic, beside the sea and has good hill walking. The nearest towns are Galway (30 miles away) and Ennis (23 miles). There is a daily bus service to Galway.

Aillwee Cave Co Ltd has 25 full time members of staff and in the summer season the staff increases to approximately 50 staff members. We also run an event at the end of November, called Santa’s Workshop, where the Cave is converted into Santa’s grottos and the event is run by appointment only and we have in excess of 6,000 children and 6,000 adults visit within a 14 day event. The staff for this event increases to approximately 90 - 100 members.

What better way to train and develop your retail, sales or catering experience by becoming a member of our professional Team.

We are seeking friendly, helpful, professional, and happy people to become part of the Team!

Current Positions Available:

Tour Guide – Prospective candidates should have a general knowledge of Geology, first aid experience. This position is to conduct tours through the Cave in an efficient, safe and responsible way. Full training is provided to develop knowledge and confident tour.

Catering Assistant – Prospective candidates should have previous catering experience. This position is to prepare, display and sell the food and products in our Tea Room and work well in a team environment.


Details of Positions:

Qualifications: Leaving Cert or equivalent desirable. In general a desire to be helpful, friendly, flexible is essential – we need people who are interested in providing a high level of customer service. Each position will have in-house training provided.

Experience Previous experience in Customer Service, Catering or Retail would also be an advantage. Knowledge of geology and first aid essential for Tour Guide Position

Hours of Work: 5 days per week, we are open 7 days per week, 2 days off per week. The working day is from 10.00am. All statutory breaks are given and paid for.

Uniform: Uniform shirt/fleece will be provided. Staff must provide black trousers and professional black comfortable shoes. We require staff to present a neat professional appearance.

Rate of Pay: Employees are paid an hourly rate depending on the position and experience. Average week is 39 hours worked and standard conditions of employment.

Accommodation: Accommodation list available upon request.

Vacancies: March – December (for various periods during the year)

Accommodation: Accommodation list available upon request.

Vacancies: March – December (for various periods during the year)

How to Apply: If you are interested in joining our professional Team, please let us know the exact dates from which you are available to work from and to, and please send an application letter with an up to date Curriculum Vitae to:

Fiona Mellett

Human Resources Manager

Aillwee Cave Co Ltd

Ballyvaughan, Co Clare                                                

Email: fiona@aillweecave.ie

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