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Action Stations in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has vacancies for Casual Worker Visitor Hosts who are required for immediate start. Duties will be front-of-house visitor services in Action Stations, assisting visitors with the interactive displays, staffing the Laser Quest Arena and belaying climbers on Boathouse 4’s Mast Climbing Experience.
Previous experience is not necessary as full training will be given, but applicants should have good customer service and communication skills, be articulate, courteous, eager to learn and willing to work as a member of a team.


Rate of pay: £8.45/hour + holiday pay


Please email your CV with a covering letter to Will Beasley, Attractions Operations Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date: Tuesday 6th June
Interviews scheduled for: Thursday 8th June

Code and Cipher Workshop

Code and Cipher Workshop ALL STAGES

Working in teams, students are issued with a code and cipher book, a cipher wheel, a linear scrambler and a scytale. Their task is to figure out numbers which have been fiendishly enciphered by the Action Stations Spy Master.

£8 per student

Lights, Camera, Action...Stations!

Lights, Camera, Action...Stations! KS3&4

English at Action Stations

Students create their own film trailer or make a news broadcast using our green screen. Once it has been edited they will watch it in the Action Stations cinema, where their hard work really comes to life. This session can be adapted to focus on most topics or schemes of work.

£9.00 per student.

Maths and Science in Action

Maths and Science in Action KS3&4

Maths and Science at Action Stations

In this workshop pupils can explore how aerodynamics and ballistics are used in the design of modern shells.

The session starts with a short introduction to the science of ballistics and the history of artillery. Pupils then work in teams to construct their own shell to be fired from our compressed air cannon. Pupils will use data to predict the range and impact point of their shell.

Price: £10 per student

Information Communication & Technology

Information Communication & Technology 

Allow us to show you how this 1840s Boathouse was converted into an interactive tourist attraction. Students will learn about the hardware and software that goes into running our exhibits and displays on a daily basis. The behind the scenes tour offers an extensive insight into how technology had advanced and changed over the past decade and how a modern tourist attraction has to keep refreshed in order to stay up to date. Students will also take an in-depth look at our Laser Quest arena, exploring the technology that powers it and the ins and outs of the arena itself.  

Suitable for all Key Stages

£9.00 per student.

Leisure, Tourism, Marketing & Business

Leisure, Tourism, Marketing & Business KS3&4

Business at Action Stations

With talks and visits to both Action Stations and the Spinnaker Tower/Mary Rose Museum, students will take a look into the marketing, branding and customer service aspects of each business.

£12.00 per student.

Team Challenge

Team Challenge ALL STAGES

Physical Education at Action Stations

Pupils work together in teams to complete different challenges that are scored to produce a winning team. There are a variety of challenges that can be adapted to the group – we will be happy to design a bespoke programme to suit.

All Key Stages

£8.00 per student.

Spy Workshop

Spy Workshop KS1&2

History at Action Stations

A look at the world through the eyes of a spy, focusing on a Portsmouth based story that resulted in a not so happy ending! In this workshop, students will be sent on a secret mission around Action Stations, be put to the challenge of deciphering codes, taking part in our code and cipher workshop and exploring both modern and historic methods of espionage.

£8.00 per student.

Pirate life!

Pirate Life! KS1&2

History and Design Technology at Action Stations

This workshop gives students the opportunity to live the life of a pirate for the day by taking part in a treasure hunt, working together to build a mini pirate ship and learning all about the lives and adventures of famous pirates.

£8.00 per student.

Discovery Visits

Discovery Visits All

A Discovery Visit is a teacher-led, self-guided visit to one attraction within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

£4.00 for 1 attraction, £6.50 for two attractions and £8.50 for three attractions per student.