Job Opportunity – Saddleworth Museum

Full-time post 35hrs per week for 3 years
Salary – £17,500 per annum
Job Description for Learning Officer at Saddleworth Museum

Saddleworth Museum is an independent museum run by a trust as a registered charity and recently had its 50th birthday. A charge is made for entry to the museum and it has a shop. There are many cafes and bars nearby. It stands in a historic and beautiful location beside the Huddersfield Canal in the village of Uppermill, nestled in the hills in the middle of the area known as Saddleworth, an old Yorkshire Parish with its own identity made up of the villages of Delph, Diggle, Dobcross, Denshaw, Greenfield and Uppermill – which is a busy thriving village with a strong community and many visitors. The museum tells the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character. The collections include archaeology, social and industrial history and a significant local art collection. There is also an archive and art, photography and crafts exhibitions are frequently held.

Job shares are welcome – applicants wishing to share the post must apply jointly and explain how they will share the work. 

The Learning Officer will support the delivery of a 3 year HLF funded Activity Plan at Saddleworth Museum. The museum is currently being completely remodelled, refurbished and fitted out with new interpretation. It will reopen to the public in the summer of 2016.

The position which will bring a new range of activities into the museum has three key strands:

  • recruiting and organising training for volunteers;
  • planning and delivering formal and informal learning activities and events with the Museum Curator;
  • providing informal learning and activities with volunteers which are aimed at a wide audience.

During the first six months, the focus will be on recruiting and organising training for volunteers although there will also be activities delivery. Over the rest of the period of employment the post holder will continue to sustain volunteer numbers and support volunteers in delivering activities and events, as well as contributing to marketing and other activities within the museum. There is already an enthusiastic, friendly and capable group of active volunteers who are fully engaged with the project and who will welcome new recruits from a wider range of people. The Activity and Interpretation Plan which was prepared as part of the HLF development work on the project outlines the activities and also sets targets for the project’s evaluation. There is only one professional member of staff currently in post. This is the Museum Curator who reports to the museum trustees. The Learning Officer will report to the Museum Curator. The museum has a great atmosphere and there is a very cooperative relationship between trustees the Museum Curator and the volunteers.

The post holder may be required to work some weekends and bank holidays and will be given time off in lieu.

The salary will be £17,500 per annum. Standard terms and conditions of employment will apply.

Key Responsibilities, Duties, and Tasks:

  • Recruiting volunteers using existing or new role descriptions
  • Providing, organising or buying in training for volunteers
  • Ensuring that appropriate standards of health and safety are in place and that DBS checks have been carried out
  • Recruiting participants for the different activities
  • Planning the delivery of the activities with different target audience groups
  • Planning and delivering workshops for school groups
  • Maintaining contact with project partners and developing relationships with new partners
  • Promoting the different activities and volunteering opportunities
  • Contributing to marketing of activities and the site as a whole
  • Contributing to the preparation of reports for trustees and HLF payment request
  • Contributing to the evaluation of the project for HLF on its completion

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training:

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification or experience in a relevant discipline to the post
  • Evidence of appropriate continuing professional development

It is desirable that the post holder has:

  • A professional qualification relevant to heritage or teaching and or experience of working with young people and community or voluntary projects 


The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in working with volunteers and learning delivery. They will be confident in working with partner organisations. They will need to be collaborative, well organised and able to plan ahead, manage modest budgets and meet deadlines.

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Experience of working co-operatively with a broad range of internal and external contacts and groups.
  • Experience or knowledge of working with volunteers
  • Knowledge of or interest in history

Skills and Abilities:

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Ability to plan and deliver activities
  • Ability to feed evaluation into future planning
  • Ability to manage modest budgets
  • Strong networking abilities
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills
  • The ability to act proactively, use initiative and be self-motivated
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills


Interested applicants can receive a copy of the Activity and Interpretation plan by emailing

The closing date for applications is 25th February 2016.
To apply please send your CV and a letter explaining why you think you are the best candidate for this post to

If you want to discuss the post call Rosemary Allen on 07966 245216

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 15th March 2016, by a panel made up of the Museum Curator, the Project Manager for the HLF delivery project, the Chair of the trustees and a volunteer.

The post will begin as soon as convenient to the successful candidate. Initially the post will be located in Portacabin outside of the museum whilst work on the building is completed.


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