Find our current job vacancies, get information about what it is like to work at the Horniman, and our culture.

Come and work with us!

The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

We can only help achieve this through our amazing members of staff who work at our Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, and our Study Collections Centre.

Find out more about working at the Horniman as well as our current vacancies.

Current vacancies

Documentation Officer

Closing date: 20/09/2021
  • Full time: 35 hrs per week
  • £29,101 per annum (rising to £29,695 per annum after probation)

Are you passionate about museum collections and making them accessible to a wide audience? If so you could play a key role in the recording and sharing of the Horniman’s collections.

Your main responsibilities will be the documentation of the Horniman’s collections in the Horniman’s collections management database (Mimsy) and to support other Horniman staff with training and written procedures in doing the same.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday, 20 September 2021.

Retail & Admissions Assistants (weekends)

Closing date: 24/09/2021
  • 2 Posts available 
  • Part-time: 15 hours per week (£8,496 pa) and 15 hours per fortnight (£4,248 pa)

We are looking for 2 Retail & Admissions Assistants (weekends) to support our income-generating activities through ticket sales, gift aid, memberships and retail products across our shops (in the museum and in the Butterfly House) and ticket desk.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Friday, 24 September 2021.

Head of Content

Closing date: 10/10/2021
  • Full time: 35 hours per week including occasional evening and weekend working
  •  £50,000 + Competitive benefits

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Content to manage our curatorial, schools learning, engagement and volunteering teams. 

As the Head of Content, you will act as the engine that drives change and help deliver Horniman’s Reset Agenda by coordinating and leading work across the Content Team to contribute to overall Horniman priorities. Ensure the team provides content for public programmes. Champion curatorial, learning and volunteering work and represent Horniman’s approach to stakeholders across the museum and arts sector. You will lead the Horniman’s input into strategic partnerships, manage the work of the Content team and contribute to fundraising initiatives.

Find out more and apply by 23:59pm on Sunday, 10 October 2021.

Working at the Horniman

We recognise that our organisation is built upon the skills and commitment of our staff.

The success of our operations and your personal development and well-being depend largely upon maintaining high levels of trust, respect and co-operation between all levels of staff.  

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We offer a range of opportunities for staff:

  • Flexible working
  • 30 days annual leave + Bank Holidays
  • Auto-enrolment into the NEST pension scheme with the option to join the LPFA pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme – counselling, resources and 24/7 advice line
  • Subsidised gym access
  • Discounts in our café and shops
  • Interest-free season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme 
  • Discount scheme for shopping and leisure activities
  • A family ticket for Horniman exhibitions and free entry to exhibitions at many other museums and galleries

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Our culture

The Horniman has a huge variety of activities on offer, and subsequently our staff are very diverse in their skills and expertise.

You could be working directly with our visitors, curating, documenting or maintaining our collections, publicising what we do, fundraising or working in Finance, Facilities, IT or Human Resources.

Our values are:

  • Inclusive
  • Inspiring
  • Generous
  • Fun

Our staff meets for regular coffee mornings to hear updates from the Senior Management Team, as well as share news from across the organisation.

Staff social activities include a drawing club, knitting and craft group, yoga classes, a bowling tournament, as well as our Christmas party and summer picnics.

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Because the Horniman connects global cultures with the natural world, sustainable working practices and encouraging everyone (including ourselves) to into green living is important to us. We act sustainably, behave ethically, pursue excellence and encourage enterprise.

We value our diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We encourage people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply.  

We are Disability Confident Committed and if you meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for a job at the Horniman and have a disability we will offer you an interview.

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