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 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.

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

Current vacancies

Horticulture Landscape Operative Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Closing date: 02/12/2022
  • £21,833.00 pro rata
  • 35 hrs per week: Monday – Friday between 7:30am to 4pm including breaks

We are looking for a Horticultural Landscape Operative Apprentice, who will receive supervised training as a Gardener at the Horniman, working with horticultural and gardening staff to keep our Gardens looking fantastic!

In addition to seasonal tasks, such as irrigation in summer and leaf clearing in autumn, a typical week could include checking on plants growing in our nursery, weeding borders, lawn mowing and supporting Volunteers during a volunteering session.

Interested? Apply below by Friday 2 December. Please note that all applications must go through GOV.UK.

Volunteering Manager

Closing date: 05/12/2022
  • £36,311 pro-rata pa (rising to £37,051 pro-rata pa after probation)
  • 17.5 hrs per week: Monday, plus two flexible days, 6 month fixed term contract with potential of extension

We are looking for a part-time Volunteering Manager to oversee the direction and delivery of volunteer involvement at the Museum and Gardens, providing volunteer opportunities that benefit the Horniman, our visitors, individual volunteers and the wider community.

You will have experience of recruiting and managing volunteers in a similar organisation and a solid understanding of the needs of volunteers and the training and support required to provide an excellent volunteer experience.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday, 5 December 2022. 

Commercial Coordinator

Closing date: 05/12/2022
  • £33,579 pro rata per annum (rising to £34,264 pro rata per annum after probation)
  • 28 hours per week, 4 days out of 5 Monday to Friday. The post is for a fixed term of 2 years

We are looking for a Commercial Coordinator to drive the development of the Horniman’s self-generated commercial income. The role will support on the delivery and management of existing commercial strands alongside researching, developing and coordinating new commercial income streams.

You will be creative, dynamic with an understanding of marketplace trends, good at generating ideas and ensuring subsequent delivery is based on sound financial planning, strong research and good market understanding.

Find out more and apply by 10am on Monday, 5 December 2022.

Cleaning Support

  • £21,833 pro-rata per annum
  • 2 permanent part-time posts available:
  1. 20 hours per week: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 6am – 10am, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 2pm
  2. 16 hours per week, Monday and Friday 10am – 2pm at our Study Collections Centre (SCC) in North Greenwich. Tuesday and Wednesday, 6am – 10am at the Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill.

We are looking for two experienced Cleaning Support staff who will take pride in helping us deliver a high standard of service for our visitors. Working within the Estates Team, 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 when applicable.

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
  • Discounted 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, 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.

If you meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for a job at the Horniman and have a disability we will offer you an interview.