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

Visitor Hosts

Closing date: 26/07/2021
  • Full time (37.5hrs) – working five days out of seven, including regular weekends
  • Part time (14.5hrs) – working Saturdays and Sundays
  • £21,239 per annum or salary pro-rata for part time

We’re looking for warm and approachable Visitor Hosts to share their enthusiasm for the Horniman’s collections of objects from the natural world and different cultures.

You’ll be friendly and helpful as you help our visitors to get involved with daily activities at the Museum, as well as ensuring that they have a safe and smooth-running visit.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday, 26 July 2021.

Collections and Loans Coordinator

Closing date: 29/07/2021
  • Full time (35 hrs) with some flexibility required including weekend and evening working
  • £30,381 pa (will rise to £31,001 pa after probation)

We seek a personable and experienced Collections and Loans Coordinator to help with the work of the Collections Management team.  The post is a key role in this small and welcoming team.

You’ll be responsible for the organisation and administration of our loans into and out of the Museum. You’ll assist with the effective management of the Study Collections Centre, including the storage and movement of the Horniman’s collections to enable their accessibility for exhibition and research.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Thursday, 29 July 2021.

Visitor Host Team Leader

Closing date: 02/08/2021
  • Full-time (37.5hrs) worked across five days, including regular weekend work
  • £24,518 (rising to £25,018 after probation)

We are looking for an exceptional Visitor Host Team Leader, focusing on both – a superb visit experience and a happy team delivering just that.

Working alongside the Visitor Experience Manager and the other Team Leaders, you’ll be supporting, developing, and leading permanent and temporary Visitor Hosts, as well as managing daily operations.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday, 2 August 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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