Working for the Weald & Downland Living Museum

We are an award winning, internationally recognised Living Museum with 50 historic buildings and gardens over a 40-acre site situated within the South Downs National Park.

Extraordinary buildings, fascinating artefacts, glorious surroundings and friendly, dedicated people – the Weald & Downland Living Museum is a unique and incredibly rewarding place to work.

If you have any questions or are interested in working at the Museum, please e-mail Shelley Harding, HR & Internal Communications Officer

Currently recruiting:

Kitchen Porter/Assistant
Full time – Monday – Friday 09:30 – 17:30 with occasional weekend work | Hourly pay up to £8.91 depending on age.

We have a great opportunity for a committed, full time Kitchen Porter/Assistant to be an integral part of our kitchen team. The working hours will generally be Monday – Friday 09:30 – 17:30, although some weekend work will be required to cover holidays which would be on a 5 days in 7 rota system.

The role will cover:
• Operating and maintaining a commercial dishwasher
• Keeping a steady supply of clean equipment for use in the Café
• Maintaining a neat and tidy dish wash area and goods inwards area
• Removing recycling and rubbish
• Assist the kitchen brigade with any other reasonable tasks as requested by line manager

The successful candidate will have multi-taking skills with a pro-active approach and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Good levels of hygiene, eye for detail and tidiness and ability to manage with fast volume whilst remaining calm under pressure at peak service times.

To apply, please send a short covering letter and CV to, clearly stating that you are applying for the position of Kitchen Porter/Assistant.

Job description – Kitchen Porter/Assistant

Freelance Workshop Leader 

Do you want to be part of a dynamic and evolving Museum Learning Team? Are you passionate about delivering quality learning experiences for schools and other learners? If the answer is ‘yes’, you could join our team of Freelance Workshop Leaders.

The Weald and Downland Living Museum is looking for Freelance Workshop Leaders to join the team, setting up and delivering sessions for schools and other formal learning groups.

The Weald and Downland Living Museum is a destination of choice for tens of thousands of learners each year. We offer exciting learning opportunities for students of all ages and your role will bring you into direct contact with these audiences delivering sessions across the site. With buildings from Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times through to the Twentieth Century together with our working animals, mill, dairy and bake house, there are countless opportunities to develop new skills and deliver cross-curricular learning.

Job description – Freelance Workshop Leader

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 29th October

NB Freelance Workshop Leaders deliver across term time weekdays and possibly some weekends and/or during school holidays. Please be ready to discuss your availability when applying.

Casual Cafe and Retail Staff
Casual work (until end of October 2021) | £5.60-£8.91 per hour

We’re looking for confident individuals who can commit to flexible Autumn shifts and contribute to an outstanding visitor experience in our café and shop working 10.00am – 2.30pm to cover the busy lunchtime period.
No experience necessary, training will be provided.

The ideal members of our team should be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Enthusiasm and initiative
  • Confidence
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to work on a flexible basis
  • Availability to work weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.

If this sounds like you, please apply!
To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Dan Andrews, Cafe Manager for cafe positions and Ilona Harris, Head of Commercial for retail positions.

Voluntary Roles

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