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Collections Assistant (Fixed Term)

Salary: £19,730-£22,659.

Do you enjoy learning about history? Are you interested in finding out more about current research in the polar regions and sharing what you learn with museum visitors? Would you like to work with museum objects? Do you enjoy working with people?

The Collections Assistant role at the Polar Museum, part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, is a varied entry-level museum role. The post holder will work to support volunteers and work to ensure that visitors have an engaging experience when they visit the Polar Museum. They will also have the opportunity to carry out important work to safeguard the collections, support our learning programmes with a range of audiences and gain experience in the administration of a wide range of museum activities, from installing exhibitions to ordering new equipment.

The role holder must enjoy working with people from lots of different backgrounds, and have strong organisational skills. Knowledge about the polar regions is not necessary, but the role holder must be enthusiastic about learning about the regions: their history, geography and current research in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.


In the 'Suitability for the Role' section of the application form, please answer the following three questions:

1) What aspect of working in a museum appeals to you, and why?

2) Welcoming and engaging our visitors is an important part of this role. Describe a time when you have worked with members of the public or a group of people you didn't know, and explain how you think that experience might help you in this role.

3) The Collections Assistant must be organised, for example to ensure that monthly collections checks are carried out or that the volunteer rota is kept up to date. Please give an example of something you have done that demonstrates your excellent organisational skills.

Answers to these questions will be used for shortlisting candidates for interview, please number each answer. There is a limit of 11,000 characters (approx. 1,500 words) in the 'Suitability for the Role' section.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 in the first instance. This role is funded by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 May 2019 and interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 21 May.

Informal enquiries may be made to Charlotte Connelly, Museum Curator at or telephone 01223 336557.

Please quote reference LD18667 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Volunteering at the Museum

Find out about volunteer opportunities in the Polar Museum and in other museums on the University of Cambridge Museums website.

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