Chiltern Open Air Museum is looking to recruit an experienced candidate to review and develop the Museum learning services and to work closely with colleagues to deliver a first class learning experience to our visitors. The Museum has a high quality, award winning, learning service in place covering schools delivery from nursery to further and higher education, informal learning provision and a new interpretation strategy.

The Museum is also delighted to have been recently awarded a Heritage Lottery Your Heritage Grant to enable us to appoint a Community Engagement Officer (part time – 2 years) from January 2013, as part of a project around our rebuilt Victorian earth cottage from Haddenham and this post will be working closely with the Learning Officer.

Chiltern Open Air Museum has a collection of 33 historic buildings, rescued and rebuilt within 45 acres of Chilterns traditional landscape. The site is half a mile in length and incorporates part of the Chiltern Hills. The post will involve a lot of walking around the site to carry out some duties and working outdoors in all weathers. There is no public transport to the site; although there are tube stations nearby with around a 30 minutes walk to the Museum through country lanes.

Salary : £19 000 pro rata

Hours : 30 hours per week

Responsible for :

Workshop session leaders

Learning team volunteers

1 X HLF Skills for the Future trainee in Heritage Education

From February 2013 – 2 X HLF Skills for the Future Trainees

(1 X formal learning & 1 X interpretation)

Working with : Schools and Events Officer (PT) & Community Engagement Officer (2013 – 2014 : PT)

Job Description

Review existing formal and informal learning services

Implement proposed changes with Schools and Events Officer

Develop new content for schools programmes

Create and deliver informal learning programmes

Manage and deliver existing training programme for HLF Skills for the Future Trainees in heritage education and interpretation

Supervise implementation of Interpretation and Learning Strategy

Recruit and manage learning team freelancers and volunteers

Co-ordinate the long term strategy and vision of learning at the Museum

Assist in the marketing of learning services

Contribute to fundraising bids led by Development Manager to support learning services

Assist in the development of strategic partnerships with external organisations to develop learning services and opportunities

Participate in the Duty Staff weekend/bank holiday cover rota


Person Specification

3 years or more experience in museum/heritage learning settings

Degree in relevant subject or equivalent

An in-depth knowledge of the current National Curriculum, proposed changes and other statutory education requirements and initiatives

Can do attitude

Ability to motivate others

Experience of working with volunteers

Experience of managing freelance staff

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Excellent written and verbal presentation skills

Ability to work as part of a team

Good IT skills including email, internet, MS Word packages including publisher and Access, Powerpoint and spreadsheets

Experience of budget management

Creative and innovative approach

Interest in historic buildings and environments



In date first aid at work qualification

Teaching qualification/post graduate qualification

Some experience of managing projects

Some experience of community engagement


Hours of Work

30 hours per Week

5 out of every 7 days (including approx 2 weekend days per month, as well as some bank holidays, with very occasional evening requirements)

Duty Staff days require an 8 am start to around 6 pm or after – approx 1 to 2 days per week. Shorter hours to be worked on non duty staff days and time off in lieu.

Annual Holiday entitlement : 28 days (Pro rata)

Stakeholder pensions are available through the Museum’s professional advisors but the Museum is not able to contribute to any employee’s pension scheme at present.

Chiltern Open Air Museum is an equal opportunities employer.

How to Apply

Recruitment advertisements from October 2012.

Interviews early November

Start Date : 21 January 2013

Applications on Museum application form. CVs may be sent as supporting information, but CVs without application forms will not be considered.

Application forms BY EMAIL ONLY – to Sue Shave, Museum Director, on [email protected] .