Job Opportunities

National Trust: Outdoor Volunteer Development Intern

Have you seen all the exciting things that are going on at our outdoor sites these days?

Land, Outdoors and Nature is a major strategic priority for the National Trust – we are transforming our approach to managing our land, and to help us do this we need to build on the fantastic work already done by our volunteers and look at how we can make it even bigger and better.

We are looking for someone to:

a) review NT outdoor volunteering in the Midlands and find examples of good practice in and outside the Trust

b) look at how we might involve volunteers in supporting our tenanted farms

c) recommend some new approaches to developing an exciting and innovative volunteer offer in the outdoors.

This is ground breaking work that will make a big difference to what we can achieve, and to how people participate and engage with the National Trust.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

Sulgrave Manor Trust – CEO
Closing Date: 26th August
Salary: £46,000 FTE 3-4 days per week

We are seeking an experienced heritage manager to fill the role of Chief Executive Officer and lead the Manor through a period of change and development. As an independent charity with no regular government funding the staff and Trustees at Sulgrave have the challenge of generating the full income required to run the site, but enjoy the creative autonomy that brings. This is an exciting time to join the Trust as it has been awarded Transition Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. With an ambitious programme of development in the early stages of planning the CEO will be a play a crucial role in completing the delivery of this Transition Project and implementation of a new Business Plan.

It is expected that further opportunities for development will be identified which will require the CEO to take a lead in, along with identifying further grant and fundraising initiatives as may be needed.

For an application pack and to apply for the role, click here.


Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society: Learning and Access Officer
Closing date: 30th August 2016
Job Type: FT (3 year fixed term contract)
Salary: £24,000/annum

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is a unique 19th Century Grade II Listed Building and the only surviving operational railway Roundhouse in Britain.  Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society has achieved Round 2 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for ‘Moving Forward – developing a new audience for Barrow Hill Roundhouse’.  The project will develop the site and our activities, in order to broaden our audience beyond a national base of railway enthusiasts to include families, a range of learners, the local community and corporate use.  

Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society is now seeking a Learning and Access Officer to develop and deliver a high quality and dynamic programme of learning and participation which maximises the site and collections as a resource for learners of all ages and learning styles. 

If you have experience of developing and delivering learning programmes in a heritage environment and a degree-level qualification in a relevant subject then this could be the perfect role for you.  Please click here for the job description and person specification for the post.

To apply for this post, please send a CV and covering statement describing how your skills, knowledge and experience match those described in the job description and person specification to Mike Kennedy, Chair of Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society on by 5pm on Tuesday 30th August

Erewash Museum: Arts Development Officer
Salary: £25,694 – £29,033 pro rata, 18.5 hours per week
Closing Date: 12th August

The successful candidate will be expected to manage and deliver a number Arts based projects including an Arts for Health programme, whilst ensuring progress continues against set objectives, including increased participation in Community Arts and Arts and regeneration programmes to the wider audience. The post is based at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston and has recently become part of the Museum department.

We are keen to broaden the range of community events and activities that span both the museum and Arts Development services. Experience in programme delivery in museums and heritage would be an advantage. The successful candidate will preferably have a degree qualification from a recognised Arts studies course, along with experience in a paid Arts-related position.

Supervisory experience, including budget control, personnel and health and safety issues, would be a considerable advantage. Candidates should be familiar with and demonstrate an understanding of working with key funder’s.

Please note this post carries a requirement for the successful candidate to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For further information and to apply click here.

Cotesbach Heritage Trust: Trustees Wanted

Cotesbach Educational Trust is a small charitable organisation in South Leicestershire, which comprises a Grade II listed Victorian schoolhouse and three adjacent buildings, set within the grounds of Cotesbach Estate. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities relating to environment, heritage and arts, using the land, local history and extensive family archive as the focus to ‘reconnect with place and land to develop skills for the future’. We live in a fast changing society; we endeavour to enable people to better understand their roots and discover from the past and the surroundings how to forge a more sustainable future.

If you would like to find out more about what we do and how to submit an expression of interest, please click here.

For further details on the Trustee vacancies click here.

Canal and rivers Trust – Heritage Trainee
Salary: £12,554
Closing Date: 15th August

The Canal & River Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, looking after 2,000 miles of canals, rivers docks and reservoirs; together with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings.

As part of our commitment to the long term maintenance and restoration of the waterways, we are looking to recruit a number of Waterway Heritage Trainees across both Wales and England.

As a trainee, you will learn specialist skills in both a classroom and practical setting gaining an NVQ Level II in Waterway Heritage Skills along with a knowledge based qualification of the history & construction of canals and waterways. Upon completion, you can look to either further your study, or obtain a career within the heritage sector.

For more information click here.

SHARE Museums East: Museum Development Project Officer – Leadership and Resilience
Salary: £25,694 – £27,394 pro rata  (29.6 hrs per week)

SHARE Museums East is the Regional Museum Development Programme for the East of England. SHARE resources and brokers development opportunities for museums across the region and supports museums to deliver against the Arts Council’s five goals of Excellence, Audiences, Resilience, Leadership & Diversity and Children & Young People.

An innovative and confident person is required to plan, deliver and manage the SHARE regional workforce training programme. You will also deliver additional museum development projects focusing around museum governance and resilience, including developing a museum leadership programme.

You will have a track record of project management and delivery and be able to lead groups and facilitate training events. You will demonstrate awareness of established sector guidelines, legislation, policies and procedures and show understanding of how these will impact on future training and development needs. You will have excellent communications skills and be good at managing detail and working projects through to a successful conclusion.

For more information and an informal discussion regarding this vacancy, please contact Jamie Everitt, Regional Museums Development Manager, on 07778 506885 or email

We welcome applications from individuals currently working in other organisations, however we would like to make you aware that priority consideration for this post may be given to current employees who are affected by restructure within the organisation or are in a redeployment position.

To view further information regarding the vacancy please click here.

British Horological Institute: Volunteer Opportunities

If you have a keen interest in museums and have time to spare, would you consider volunteering at The British Horological Institute Museum?  The Museum, based at Upton Hall, between Southwell and Newark, in Nottinghamshire, holds a fantastic collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces.  The museum is entering an exciting time of development and is looking to recruit new volunteers to become a valuable part of the workforce. 

In particular, we are currently seeking volunteers to assist in the following areas: 

  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Tour Guides
  • Education & Learning
  • Administration
  • Creative Activities
  • Photography
  • Collections
  • Research & Exhibitions
  • DIY… and much more! 

If you would like to become a volunteer or carry out a placement at The BHI Museum please get in touch to discuss the opportunities in more detail, and to ask for a copy of our short volunteering registration form, which we will use to help best match your skills and interests to the relevant and available opportunities.

Contact Eleanor Baumber, Museum Manager

Tel: 01636 817 601 or email

Lincoln Cathedral: Trainee Heritage Stonemason
Salary: £12,600 – Apprenticeship

There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month Trainee Stonemasonry placement with Lincoln Cathedral.

The placement will be based at the spectacular Grade I Listed Lincoln Cathedral, carrying out repair and conservation work to the Cathedral and other associated properties cared for by Lincoln Cathedral Works Department. The candidate will be provided with a broad range of learning opportunities to obtain suitable skills and evidence working towards a level 3 Heritage Skills NVQ Diploma in stonemasonry.

The placement is run by the National Heritage Training Group bursary scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme is all about finding passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated people to be trained to work on England’s traditional buildings. There will be 30 educational bursaries offered, working on live heritage sites across England. The bursaries are being organised across the country by regional heritage coordinators.

For more information please click here.

Application closing date: Monday 5th September 2016 at 12 Noon


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