Events Assistant

£10.42 an hour on a casual basis

Dorset Museum is one of the leading independent, charitable, heritage organisations in the South West of England. Its diverse collections contain over 4 million objects, including internationally significant geology, archaeology and literary artefacts, and are visited by over 50,000 visitors a year.
The Museum is at an exciting and pivotal moment in its 170-year history having completed a £16 million capital expansion project to construct the innovative, visitor-focussed ‘Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset’. This has completely transformed the Museum – its galleries, exhibitions, storage facilities, working spaces and retail offer – to produce an organisation able to better conserve and interpret Dorset’s internationally significant heritage and be ready to meet the expectations of modern visitors.
Owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), the Museum operates independently with financial support from Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council.
The main activities of the role are described below. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties but a guide to the main priorities. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities compatible with the overall scope of the post.
They are expected to use their judgement about priorities within the overall purpose of the role. In addition, the details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared. It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change. Consequently, DNHAS will expect to revise this job description on occasion and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.
Main Purpose of Post: This varied role is pivotal in supporting the vision to grow our events and retail income. We run events ranging from weddings, parties, conferences, drinks receptions, and VIP dinners.

  • Deadline for applications: Midnight on Friday 22 September
  • Interview date: Monday 2 October

For more information about the role, please download the job description and application forms in the link below.
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Please submit your application by sending us the completed application form to [email protected]

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The Dorset Museum relies on the skills, knowledge and experience of its 200 active volunteers who give thousands of hours of their time to the museum each year.

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