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

Chair, Board of Trustees

Closing date: 12/05/2022

The Horniman and DCMS are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Chair will help the Horniman connect us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

The Horniman has a clear vision for the future as we recover from the global pandemic.  Candidates will bring leadership experience gained in an organisation of similar size or status, a strong understanding of corporate governance, the ability to act as an advocate and an ambassador for the Horniman with a diverse range of stakeholders and strong communication and team working skills.

The Board of Trustees meets for quarterly meetings taking place in March, July, October and December. Depending on the planning cycle, the October Board meeting may also be a strategic planning meeting (away day). The role is not remunerated, and Trustees receive only minimal travel and subsistence expenses for attending meetings.

Cleaning support x 3

Closing date: 07/06/2022
  • £20,188 pro-rata per annum
  • Contract and hours: various, please see job description

We are looking for experienced cleaners who will take pride in helping us deliver a high standard of service for our visitors.

Working within the Estates department you will be responsible for ensuring we provide the best experience possible in a welcoming, safe, secure, clean and comfortable environment.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis and interviews will be held on 7 June 2022.

Volunteer Coordinator

Closing date: 30/05/2022
  • £25,594 per annum
  • Contract and hours: 35 hours Tuesday-Saturday

We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator who will be instrumental in supervising around 100 Engage and Family Activity volunteers and managing the administration of volunteer recruitment for other departments across the Museum and Gardens.

Your role will focus on creating access to cultural volunteering opportunities, as well as enhancing volunteer wellbeing.

You will be a motivated and flexible administrator and have skills in both content development and delivery.

The closing date for completed applications is 10am on Monday 30 May 2022.

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

Internally, our staff will be empowered to:

  • act sustainably
  • behave ethically
  • pursue excellence
  • encourage enterprise in the delivery of our mission and values

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, book 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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