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Have the best of both worlds

Our Museum is a unique place, both for our dedicated staff and our many visitors.

Our aim as a Museum is clear, but equally clear is the importance we place on our staff; without whose knowledge, experience and passion we wouldn’t be the success we are.

Whether you are looking for a career specifically in the museum or charitable sector or one of the professions, the Black Country Living Museum has many things which set it apart from other organisations.

What we can offer you

Along with our competitive benefits such as generous annual leave allowance (plus a buying and selling annual leave scheme),   occupational pension scheme, enhanced sick pay, staff discount scheme, subsidised food and drink, voluntary Health Cash Plan, Child Care Voucher Scheme and free entry to numerous other local attractions, we offer an environment which encourages development, empowerment and personal responsibility. 

Current Vacancies

For the full job profiles, please click on the job title links.  

Learning

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STEAM Learning Developer

4.5 year contract 

Salary: circa £24,000 

We are delighted to be recruiting for a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Museum’s formal learning provision. This role will be involved in building and developing a new programme of STEAM themed activities and events linked to the Museum’s new development project, BCLM: Forging Ahead.

The successful candidate will have a degree level qualification in a STEAM subject and a minimum of 2 years’ experience of organising and delivering STEAM learning in a school, museum or other learning environment. As well as your passion for the STEAM subjects, you will have a creative flair for developing and delivering inspiring and memorable learning programmes, and an engaging communication style appropriate for different age ranges. In addition to developing and delivering learning activities to children and young people, you will also prepare and deliver CPD training to Museum staff and teachers.

As part of the role you will be expected to undertake research into the scientific and manufacturing heritage of the region and investigate current best practice in STEAM provision at other related heritage organisations - locally, nationally and internationally. You will also have strong interpersonal skills, work collaboratively within and across different teams, be self-motivated and have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

For an informal discussion about this role, please call Mel Weatherley, Head of Learning on 0121 521 5694. 

Applications should be via our application form, using the job profile as your guide to completing this. The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 July 2017 and interviews will take place at the Museum w/c 24 July 2017.

 

Food & Drink

£8 p/h

We are recruiting to the new position of Area Lead for our Heritage Shops (sweetshop, bakery and Greengrocers). This role will be required to supervise and motivate staff, providing training and coaching as required and ensure that an interesting and varied experience is offered to visitors.

 The successful candidate will have experience of working in a food and beverage environment and will be familiar with the importance of maintaining first class standards around food preparation and hygiene. With great interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with the public, they will be enthusiastic about the history of the Black Country and be able to create and develop demonstrations to engage and educate visitors in the history of food preparation relevant to the period.  

Closing date: 14 June 2017

Casual Food & Drink Roles

Ongoing applications

We require a number of casual staff to fill various positions working in our busy Food & Drink team to ensure we continue to provide an excellent level of customer service to our visitors. We are looking for confident and capable professionals, who can display flexibility and work well as part of a team.

We have roles available within the Bottle and Glass pub, the Workers Institute, Rolfe Street café and Hobbs fish and chip shop. Please read the job profiles and indicate on the application form which role you are applying for.

To apply for one of these positions, please click on the job title above to view the full job description and see our Applying for jobs section below. 

Visitor Services

Team Manager (Domestic & Cultural Life)

Salary: £22,000 – £24,000 per annum
Permanent contract

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Museum for a Team Manager for our Domestic & Cultural Life team of costumed demonstrators.

This is a key people management role, requiring great interpersonal skills and the ability to balance priorities of the team with those of our visitors at all times. The requirement to work closely with our curators to develop projects and programmes to increase the accessibility of our collection is essential, as is the ability to ensure our staff are engaged, motivated and equipped to deliver the fascinating stories of the rich heritage of the Black Country.

Some form of managerial experience in a cultural, heritage or leisure organisation of a similar size and complexity is a pre-requisite and you will be keen to develop new and creative ideas to continue to bring our site to life.

To apply, please send us your c.v. accompanied by a covering letter outlining the reasons for your application and your suitability for the role, to jobs@bclm.com by the closing date of Sunday 25 June 2017. Interviews will take place at the Museum in mid-July.

Hourly rate: £7.50 per hour

We have a number of casual positions for the Summer season and beyond. Your responsibilities will be to  welcome, serve and assist visitors to the Museum; demonstrating exceptional levels of customer service and efficiency, and creating a positive sales environment. The successful candidates must have experience of working in a busy retail and/or visitor admission environment, ideally within the heritage, cultural or visitor engagement sector.

Ongoing recruitment 

To apply for one of these roles please see our Applying for Jobs section below.

Applying for Jobs at BCLM

For the full job profiles, please click on the job title links above. 

If you are interested in being a part of the Museum and wish to apply for one of our current vacancies, you will need to complete an application form (unless otherwise specified). Download the Job application form below:

Be sure to read the guidance notes (DOC 214kB), before completing the form.

Completed forms can be emailed to jobs@bclm.com or posted to:

Head of Human Resource Development

Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
Dudley
DY1 4SQ

 

If you require assistance in completing the form, or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Head of Human Resource Development on 0121 521 5615 or email: jobs@bclm.com. 

The Museum is committed  to being an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be short-listed and selected  on  the sole basis of their relevant skills, experience and knowledge.  

Become a Trustee

 We're currently looking for Trustees.

Becoming a Trustee offers a rewarding and stimulating opportunity to get involved in the development of the Museum and make a real contribution to cultural life, both on a local and national scale. We’re aware that as we grow and develop as a business, the requirement to attract and grow our visitor base is essential and we would like to reflect this in the diversity of our Trustees.

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds, particularly those with proven business experience, who can enrich our organisation by bringing their knowledge and acumen to the table. If you would like to apply, please read the guidance notes carefully, in which application details are attached.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Visitor Engagement Volunteer (Locksmith’s House)

We are looking for  a volunteer to help with  demonstrating activities to schools and general visitors at our sister Museum, The Locksmith's House in Willenhall.

This role would include carrying out the following day to day activities in an Edwardian costume: 

  • Demonstrating to small school groups (KS2 and below)
  • Interacting with visitors
  • Tidying and light cleaning as and when required
  • Helping to deliver our special event days

To apply for this voluntary role please download the role summary.

Collections Summer Project Volunteer  

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of a museum? Want to gain experience in the heritage sector? Happy to don some gloves and get hands on with the history of the Black Country? Then come and be part of the BCLM story and volunteer with the Collections Team! 

We are looking for 4 enthusiastic people to volunteer with us over the first two weeks of August.  With such a large collection, our curators need help cataloguing, labelling and storing our objects. You would receive training in object handling, collections care, using a collections management database as well as other aspects of curatorial work. 

You will need to be available Monday to Friday 10am to 3:30pm from 31 July until the 11 August not including the Bank Holiday. 

If the project is over-subscribed, we may invite you in the week beginning Monday 24th July for a chat. 

If you would like to know more or to apply please send your C.V. to steven.hearn@bclm.com  with a few words about why you are interested in volunteering with us and your availability during this period before Monday 18th July. 

For other volunteering opportunities visit our volunteering pages

Work Experience Placements 

The Museum offers a range of unpaid work experience opportunities, from front of house placements in our demonstrated workstations, food and drink outlets and retail and admissions visitor centre, to administrative and support function placements.

If you are interested in applying for a work placement, please complete the Work Experience Placement Form and email to our Head of Human Resource Development, carmel.okeeffe@bclm.com  

Please note that we receive a high volume of work experience requests and we are, unfortunately, unable to accommodate them all.

If you require assistance in completing the form, or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Head of Human Resource Development on 0121 521 5615 or email carmel.okeeffe@bclm.com  


And finally...

Whichever role you are applying for, you can be sure that your contribution will make a real difference to the experience of our visitors and the success of our fantastic museum.

 

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