Part-Time Museum Assistant (March to end of November 2020)

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be welcoming visitors to the Museum, selling tickets on entry through our till system and helping visitors with their purchases in our shop.

Your role will be to ensure that every aspect of our visitor experience will delight our customers and exceed all expectations of their visit.

You will be working alongside a staff team and a team of volunteers in a small independent museum within the historic, Georgian Quaker Meeting House in Kendal.

The Quaker Tapestry consists of a modern community embroidery, displayed in individual panels depicting Quaker stories from 350 years. Have a look at our website to find out more about the museum.  We have a gift shop (and online shop) featuring our own Quaker Tapestry products, a small garden, visitor parking and The Garden Café and Takeaway.

Museum Assistant

14 hours a week March to end of November, Monday to Friday during museum opening times and occasional Saturdays.
Tuesday 9.30am to 5.30pm and another full day, or two half days, to be agreed.

To be fantastic in this role you’ll need:

  • enthusiasm for working with people
  • excellent customer service skills
  • a willingness to learn new skills, and a can do attitude
  • experience of working in a customer service or sales team
  • cash handling experience
  • experience using computerised till system

For more information please download the full Job Description and Application Form

We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 10th February 2020

Interview date: Wednesday 19 February 2020

Ever thought about volunteering?

As a small independent museum and charitable organisation, volunteering at the Quaker Tapestry Museum is a great way to experience what it’s like to work in a museum.

Our enthusiastic front of house volunteers are passionate about the Quaker Tapestry and are keen to ensure that our visitors receive a warm welcome and a memorable experience.

Research shows that volunteering can help you get hired!

A survey of 500 employers across a range of professions has revealed that volunteering gives job-seekers a huge advantage over other candidates. The study, commissioned by Oxfam and conducted by One Poll, showed that three quarters of hirers would select the person with a history of giving their time for free when faced with two identical candidates for a role.

So why do 80% of bosses consider volunteers to be better quality job candidates? Qualities cited included:

  • Better social skills.
  • Ability to get on with people from all walks of life.
  • Hardworking and self-motivated.
  • Experience of different organisations.
  • Making a positive difference.

Andrew Horton, Oxfam’s trading director said: “This new research is proof volunteering massively boosts a person’s employability, making volunteering a really positive choice for anyone wanting to change jobs or progress their career.”

“Our volunteers bring a huge array of skills to the job and receive the support they need to develop new skills too. Window dressing, working behind the till, sorting donations, organising pop-up shop events, managing our social media – there are so many ways to get involved and enhance your CV at the same time.”