Museum Assistant Job

Museum Assistant Job

Job Title: Museum Assistant

Salary: £10.10/hour

Hours: Part-time 30 hours per week. Working 3 out of 4 weekends as well as some hours on a Monday and Friday (some flexibility is possible here).

Contract: Seasonal casual contract March 2022 until end of October 2022.

Holidays: 28 Days including bank holidays pro rata

Reporting to: Marketing and General Manager

Application: Please complete a Museum Job Application Form and send along with a covering letter to: Helen Light, Marketing and General Manager

Closing Date: 7th February 2022

Interviews: WC 14th February 2022

Do you love working with people in a beautiful environment? Are you interested in playing a vital role in bringing our 45 acre site of rolling countryside and over 30 rescued historic buildings to life while making sure our visitors have an unforgettable experience? We have the opportunity for a Museum Assistant to join our team. This new seasonal role (March to the end of October) is an opportunity to be at the heart of a thriving Museum community, playing a key role in the weekend duty staffing team as well as helping out in many different areas across the site. You will work 3 out of every 4 weekends as well as some hours on a Monday and Friday (some flexibility is possible here). Applicants must be over 18 years old.

The Role

You will be part of a busy team responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Museum’s visitor operations throughout our open season. You will unlock and open the Museum and welcome staff and volunteers acting as Duty Manager at weekends and on some week days. You will also provide valuable support to the Museum Team by helping to maintain our collections and historic interiors, being a key point of call for staff and volunteers on site, helping out with coordinating volunteers, marketing and delivering events, and supporting the Front of House Team.

• Be a core member of the Museum’s Duty Staff rota covering 3 out of 4 weekends each month
• Unlock and open the Museum’s buildings
• Maintain high presentation standards across the Museum site and report any deficiencies
• Assist with marketing, weddings, events, collections care, and volunteer co-ordination
• Provide lunch and other cover for Visitor Service Assistants and Catering Assistants as required
• Engage with visitors informing them about current and upcoming events, activities and exhibitions enabling them to enjoy the Museum’s offer
• Maintain a thorough knowledge of the Museum’s work and objectives to actively promote membership and donations to the cause
• Understand and follow the Museum’s health and safety, cash-handling and operational procedures
• Provide support for the Museum’s volunteers and ensure their well-being whilst on site
• Carry out conservation cleaning and make sure displays and interpretation are tidy and well presented

Essential skills/experience
• A team player with a cheerful, positive, can-do attitude
• Experience of working within a customer facing role
• Happy to work alone and unsupervised
• Able to stay calm in a busy environment and able to use your own initiative
• Comfortable working with the public including vulnerable adults and children
• An understanding and/or interest of the conservation of historic buildings and collections
• An understanding and/or interest of museum practice and theory
• Reliable and punctual
• Available to work weekends and Bank Holidays as this is essential to the role
• Willing to learn and develop

Desirable skills/experience
• Current first aid certificate
• Experience of working with EPOS systems
• Good IT skills
• Passionate about Chiltern Open Air Museum and our cause
• Degree (or equivalent) in Museum Studies or related area
• Current food hygiene certificate
• Experience of working with volunteers

Background Information

Chiltern Open Air Museum is an award-winning independent outdoor museum and charity in the Chalfonts, Buckinghamshire that has a collection of 37 rescued historic buildings that were either the homes or workplaces of ordinary people. The Museum is set in 45 acres of beautiful Chilterns landscape and has a working historic farm, livestock, traditional cottage gardens, orchards and woodland.

As an independent charity the Museum receives no government funds. Income is generated through a wide range of activities including – admissions, Annual Pass, events, retail sales, catering, weddings and private hire, experience days, educational visits, filming – and the balance is made up through donations and grants.


‘To tell the story of the Chilterns through historic buildings, landscapes and culture for the enjoyment, inspiration and learning of present and future communities.’ Further information can be found at

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