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. We are so proud of the work we do together, and were recently awarded Museum of the Year 2022 by the Art Fund.

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

Current vacancies

Business Administrator Apprentice (Schools Team)

Closing date: 29/08/2022
  • £17,304 (£20,166 pro rata)
  • Fixed Term 20 Months, 30 hours per week (flexible working pattern, to be agreed before start date)

We are looking for an Apprentice to join the Horniman Schools Team.

The post holder will work closely with the Schools Learning Manager who has responsibility for the Schools programme to provide a friendly and accurate bookings service for schools groups and home educators.

They will share information about the schools programme with teachers and staff by phone and email, website and newsletters; maintain accurate records; and analyse and report on data.

Find out more and apply via Lewisham’s website before the closing date on Monday 29 August, 11.59pm.

Please note: Lewisham apprenticeships are ring fenced for Lewisham borough residents only.

Senior Curator of Anthropology (job share)

Closing date: 22/08/2022
  • £38,613 pro rata per annum (£39,401 pro rata per annum after probation)
  • 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE), worked over 3 days Monday-Friday.

We are looking for a Senior Curator of Anthropology to help deliver the Horniman’s Reset Agenda. You’ll have the skills and experience to help us develop, preserve, research and open up our collections to a wider range of audiences.

You’ll be an enthusiastic and confident communicator, and an excellent team player who is committed to improving access to, and expanding information around, our Anthropology collections.

This post is suitable for job sharing.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday 22 August 2022.

Cleaning Support

  • £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.

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 cooperation 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, 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 ethnically diverse 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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