Vacancies

We currently have the following vacancies for employment:

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Collections Management Project Assistant

 

Two positions are available

 

Location:        Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton

 

Hours:             37 hours per week

 

Salary:             £16,881 per annum, paid on a pro rata basis

 

Contract:        8-month contract (November 2018 to June 2019)

 

We are looking for two enthusiastic and motivated people to deliver a collections management project focused on the museum collections cared for and managed by the South West Heritage Trust. The role will involve carrying out a location audit of the stored museum collections following an existing plan and methodology.

You will need a passion for material culture, an ability to work flexibly in a team to deliver a project and a careful and methodical approach.

 

The South West Heritage Trust is a charity which delivers a broad range of heritage services across Somerset and Devon that were previously delivered by local authorities. We manage and run three museums (including the Museum of Somerset and Somerset Rural Life Museum), two Archives and Local Studies services and look after the historic environment in Somerset. 

 

We welcome applications from people with a variety of backgrounds. This can include but is not limited to:

  • People looking for their first paid role in a museum;

  • People with prior experience of working in the museum sector in a voluntary or paid capacity;

  • People with experience of working in other sectors in a voluntary or paid capacity;

  • People without higher education qualifications;

  • People with first degrees in history, archaeology, natural sciences or a relevant subject;

  • People with post-graduate museums qualifications.

 

Applications are particularly welcomed from people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

 

The best candidate will be selected on merit and their ability to fulfil the needs of the job. Discrimination based on gender, race, age, disability, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation or for any other reason will form no part of our selection process.

 

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Bethan Murray (Curator of Social History and Textiles) or Amal Khreisheh (Curator of Archaeology) on 01823 278805.

 

For more information about the role, the Trust and the application process, please download the Recruitment Information Pack and Job Description, available below.

 

To apply for the role, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return by email to: recruitment@swheritage.org.uk

 

Please note that CVs are not accepted for this position.

 

Closing date:   Tuesday 28 August at 9.00 am          

 

Interviews:      Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 September

Application documents:

Visitor Services Assistant

Somerset Rural Life Museum

 

Location: Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

 

Salary: £16,881 per annum

 

Hours: full-time, working 37 hours over a 7-day week on a rota basis

 

Contract: fixed-term for three years

 

We are seeking a full-time Visitor Services Assistant to join our team, delivering a first-class visitor experience at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. The Museum recently re-opened following a £2.4 million re-development which has created new learning and visitor facilities and refurbished gallery displays throughout the site. 

Working with the Visitor Services Manager and Assistant Visitor Services Manager, the post holder will be responsible for providing the highest standards of customer care – welcoming visitors to the museum, assisting with the security, maintenance and cleanliness of the site, assisting with events and helping with the museum shop.

A basic awareness of health and safety and premises issues is required, and you must be confident and comfortable with using computers and other technical equipment (e.g. tills). You should also have a genuine enthusiasm about Somerset’s history and heritage, and be keen to share this to inform and inspire our visitors.

 

Maximum flexibility, and the ability to work additional hours/overtime, sometimes at short notice, is essential. 

 

The South West Heritage Trust is a charity which delivers a broad range of heritage services across Somerset and Devon. We are a growing organisation, founded on services that were previously delivered by Somerset and Devon County Councils. With a turnover exceeding £3 million, we manage and run three museums (including the Museum of Somerset), two Archives and Local Studies services and look after the historic environment in Somerset.

 

The job will be based at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DB.

 

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Robin Savill or Mary Humphries on 01458 831197.

 

For more information about the role, the Trust and the application process, please download the Recruitment Information Pack and Job Description, available below.

 

To apply for the role, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return by email to: recruitment@swheritage.org.uk

 

Strictly no agency contact.

 

Closing date: Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 5.00 pm

 

Proposed interview date: Wednesday 12 September

Application documents:

 
 
 

Finds Liaison Officer

Somerset and Devon

 

Location:         The main work base will be the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter.

                          A secondary work base will be Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.

Hours:             37 hours per week

 

Salary:             £23,464 per annum

 

Contract:         Fixed term until 31 March 2020. The post may continue after this date subject to funding.

 

We are seeking a full-time Finds Liaison Officer to join a small team, which delivers the Portable Antiquities Scheme across three counties in the south west of England. This new role will work three days a week to deliver the Scheme across Devon, taking a lead in the area. Two days a week they will work as a job share with the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer, carrying out agreed recording tasks and providing cover as required.

The successful candidate will have a degree in archaeology or a related discipline, or considerable relevant experience and specialist knowledge of finds recording. You must have a flexible approach and be willing to work outside normal office hours e.g. to attend meetings.

As Finds Liaison Officer you will make contact with members of the public such as metal-detector users, explain the aims of the Scheme and the Treasure Act to the public and heritage professionals and identify, research and record finds on the Portable Antiquities Scheme's database.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users, to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology.

The South West Heritage Trust works in partnership with Dorset County Council, Devon County Council and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, (Exeter City Council) to run this scheme across Somerset, Dorset and Devon. The postholder will work closely with the other Finds Liaison Officers, in particular the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer based in Taunton.

The postholder will be based at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, three days a week but will be required to travel throughout the three counties, including weekly or bi-weekly to Taunton and other locations across Devon, including locations inaccessible by public transport.

This is a fixed term appointment and continuation will be subject to the agreement of partners and PAS funding from April 2020. Current funding derives from the British Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter City Council), Devon County Council and South West Heritage Trust.

Applications for part time work will be considered to cover only Devon, based in Exeter and Somerset, based in Taunton, subject to the Trusts ability to meet the business requirement of both areas.

For further information about the post and an application form, please download the documents below. Applications for the position should be made using the form provided and submitted to recruitment@swheritage.org.uk. CVs are not accepted for this position.

Due to the job-share elements of the post we recommend you contact the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer, Laura Burnett, Finds Liaison Officer, on 01823 347457 or e-mail finds@swheritage.org.uk for an informal discussion prior to applying.

Closing date: Monday 20 August at 9.00 am

 

Interview date: Tuesday 11 September

Application documents: