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

Membership Administration Assistant

Closing date: 01/12/2021
  • Part time, 21 hours per week, permanent
  • £22,919 pro rata per annum (rising to £23,386 pro rata on successful completion of probation)

We’re looking for a Membership Administration Assistant to work in our busy Members’ Office to process membership applications (including direct debit forms), assist with Members’ events, report on membership data and handle mail-outs.

Interested? Apply by 10am on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Cleaning Support

Closing date: 01/12/2021
  • 2 posts available: 1 x full-time, permanent  / 1 x part-time, 6 month contract
  • £19,823 pro-rata per annum

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

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

Interested? Find out more and apply by 10am on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Kickstart Placements

We are offering Kickstart placements as:

  • Animal Assistant
  • Estates Assistant
  • Digital Content Assistant
  • Income Generation and Data Assistant
  • Collections Information Assistant.

Find out more details on

To apply you must be aged 16 – 24 and receiving Universal Credit.

You must be referred by your DWP work coach before you can apply.


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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