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Museum seeks Learning and Access Officer

Job typepermanent
Salary16,000 p.a
Contact personSimon Hayhow
Closing dateongoing


The Museum is seeking an outgoing, dynamic person for the post of Learning and Access Officer. In recent years the museum has focussed on developing and delivering an exciting programme of educational activities. Central to these have been developing new ways to engage children, young adults and adult learners in regular activities at the Museum. The Museum continues to deliver its programme to schools with specifically-developed teachers’ resource packs and, with the support of volunteers, to provide guided tours. However, there is great potential to further build on existing resources, maximise opportunities through partnership working, both within the museum community and with external agencies, and to develop interesting new opportunities. The post-holder would be responsible for realising the full potential of the Recognised Collections as a learning resource to engage and inspire people of all ages and interests, in partnership with the curatorial team. Line management would be to the Curator, also working with the Assistant Curators and volunteers.

Main Responsibilities

  • To develop, promote, deliver and evaluate an education programme for all ages, accommodating a range of learning styles
  • To develop formal and informal opportunities to engage visitors in museum activities
  • To liaise with and support the curatorial staff in delivering exhibitions, events and associated activities to a wide audience
  • To encourage and develop volunteers’ support for educational activities, working across all areas of the museum’s operations to embed opportunities for learning
  • To liaise with schools and deliver educational sessions, both in the museum and as outreach, in line with the Curriculum for Excellence  To support collections management and development as required by the Curator
  • To provide excellence in customer care

The post-holder must be prepared to:

  • undertake any internal or external training as required by the Director or Curator
  • go through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) process
  • understand and adhere to the Museum and Boats Club ‘Health and Safety’ and ‘Child Protection’ policies
  • understand and adhere to Museum policies to supervise and manage volunteers and trainees where appropriate


Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent communicator and motivator to both adults and young people
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing with demonstrable commitment to museum education
  • Knowledge of life-long learning practices
  • Excellent organisational and task-completion skills to an agreed work plan and set deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a small team, of staff and volunteers, to liaise with a range of stakeholders from teachers to the public
  • Ability to develop, deliver and evaluate a range of programmes for diverse audiences
  • Ability to represent the Museum at meetings and wider partnership initiatives i.e. MGS learning programmes, GEM (Group from Education in Museums), IMS partnership, Fife Museums Forum, school liaison meetings)

Desirable Skills and Competencies

  • Experience of working with museum or gallery sector
  • Knowledge of collections management procedures
  • Interest in industrial history and/or the fishing industry/marine issues
  • Teaching skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Driving licence and access to a car


  • Education to good degree level
  • Teaching qualification, Museum Studies or equivalent

How to respond

CV plus covering letter to Simon Hayhow, Director, outlining reasons for applying and which skills you will bring to the post.

Interviews will be held in the week of Monday 12th June, 2017.

Before an appointment can be confirmed, you may be subject to a PVG check.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is committed to equality of opportunity The Scottish Fisheries Museum is a charity registered in Scotland (No. SCO06185).

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