Current Vacancies:


Volunteer Manager

Salary Grade 6: £27,629 - £32,958 p.a.


The Volunteer Manager (which is new position for the Ashmolean) will oversee and develop a team of (currently 60+) Visitor Services and Education Volunteers who currently cover the Museum welcome desk, provide general information to visitors, deliver gallery tours and play a key role in delivering the high quality visitor experience we aim to achieve.

Working closely with the Museum Volunteer Service Team you will be responsible for managing, coordinating and developing the Volunteer team and programme to support services and activities provided by the Museum. This will include assessing current Volunteer roles and activities and creating new opportunities for Volunteers to engage with.

By utilising the skills, experience and enthusiasm of our current Volunteers and providing them with ongoing support, guidance and training, you will operate with a view to providing a first class visitor experience in conjunction with the Visitor Services Team.

You will ensure that the Volunteers deliver a consistently high standard of visitor engagement with strong and inspiring supervision and will review the current approach to the recruitment of Volunteers with the aim of encouraging a more diverse team.

The position requires someone who has the ability to act as a Duty Manager working closely with the Visitor Services management team ensuring that standards are adhered to consistently across the Museum in regards to providing an exceptional visitor experience. You will be required to work effectively as part of the Operations Department, and in collaboration with the Public Engagement Department maintaining close working relationships with the Visitor Services, Security, Education, Museum Services, Health and Safety and Housekeeping teams as required.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload your CV and submit a statement (1500 words or less) telling us the following:

  • What attracted you to this role, and why do you believe you have the relevant experience?
  • This is a brand new position for the Ashmolean Museum. What challenges (if any) do you anticipate with integrating an established volunteer team with new ways of working and working practices?

Please do not upload certificates or additional supporting information as they will not be considered in the shortlisting for this position.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please follow this link

Closing date: 31st July 2017 (at midday)

We expect to hold interviews for this position on 30 August 2017 and you will need to be available on this day.

Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Sackler Research Fellowship
on the History of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum

Worcester College and the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Salary £28,413 p.a. plus £5,000 housing allowance p.a.

Applications are invited for a three year Sackler Research Fellowship on the history of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum, in association with Worcester College, Oxford. Based in the Ashmolean's Conservation Department in Oxford, the postholder will research the preservation history of the museum.

As the country's oldest public museum, founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is in an exceptional position to follow the history of conservation and restoration. The department holds formal conservation records from cards and notebooks that date back to the middle of the last century along with other sources. The research will concentrate on a history of conservation and restoration through the records and practices, collections and staff, building on existing work carried out in the department and on display in the Restoring the Past Gallery.

The successful candidate will have a proven ability to carry out research in an area related to the history of collections or conservation, a relevant post-graduate degree, either completed or due to be completed by October 2017, and a genuine interest in learning about conservation ethics and preservation methodologies. There may be opportunities for candidates with a suitable qualification in conservation to maintain practical skills during their tenure if they wish, so long as this enhances the research focus of the Sackler Research Fellowship.

For full details of the post and the application process, please visit

Follow this link to download a copy of a more detailed description of the post.

Closing date: 31st August 2017 (at 10am)

This award is tenable for three years, at a salary of £28,413 plus a housing allowance of £5,000, commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Worcester College has recently adopted a diversity strategy and is actively seeking to increase the proportion of Fellows on Governing Body who are women and/or of BME origin

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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