Working at Manchester Museum

Are you thinking about a career at Manchester Museum, or in the museums, heritage and culture sector more broadly?

Our paid trainees and placement students have put together some useful resources about the wide range of jobs at Manchester Museum, with support from MADE.


MADE is a collaboration between culture and education organisations from across Manchester, including art galleries, museums, theatres, schools, colleges and many more. MADE runs participation projects and create learning resources to join the dots between education and culture. #JoiningTheDots

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You can also find useful careers resources on the National Careers Week website. The aim of these resources is to provide careers guidance and support for young people leaving education and moving on to employment. #NCW2022

Whether you're already working in museums, thinking of a career change, or you are ready to take the first steps towards your dream job, we hope these resources bring both information and inspiration.

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Careers at Manchester Museum

Meet some of the staff at Manchester Museum and find out more about their work. They each share some advice for people applying for jobs like theirs!

Swipe through the gallery below, and click on the images to find out more...

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BA: Abbreviation for Bachelor of Arts. This is a qualification awarded for the successful completion of an undergraduate degree programme in arts (this might include languages, history and social sciences), usually lasting 3 years, studied a university or higher education institution.

BSc: Abbreviation for Bachelor of Sciences. This is a qualification awarded for the successful completion of an undergraduate degree programme in science and related subjects, usually lasting 3 years, studied a university or higher education institution.

Competencies: Abilities to do things successfully or efficiently.

Cultural revitalisation: Process by which cultures regain a sense of identity; people reconnecting with their cultural heritage.

Curate: Care for, display, organise and develop the collections in a museum or gallery.

Geology: The study of both the liquid and solid Earth, the rocks it is composed of and the processes by which they change over time.

Herpetology: The branch of science concerned with reptiles and amphibians.

Hons: Abbreviation for 'with Honours', usually used in relation to the level of achievement of Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) degrees at UK universities or higher education institutions.

Indigenous: Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place. Indigenous peoples inherit and practice unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment.

Intern: A student or trainee who undertakes paid work to gain experience and skills in a particular role or sector.

Jerwood Arts Fellow: A year-long fellowship, funded by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, that supports paid jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK, for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds.

MA: Abbreviation for Master of Arts. This is a qualification awarded for the successful completion of a postgraduate degree programme, studied a university or higher education institution, usually following the completion of an undergraduate degree.

Palaeontology: The branch of science relating to the study of ancient life, using fossils to understand organisms and how they interacted with each other and their environments.

PGCE: Abbreviation for Postgraduate Certificate of Education. This an academic training programme designed to help graduates become teachers. This qualifies someone with a degree to teach in a state school.

PhD: Abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy. This qualification is one of the highest levels of academic degree awarded by a university or higher education institution.

Repatriation: The return of ancestors and/or cultural objects to their places and people of origin.

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Interviews - Top Ten Tips

So, you've landed an interview for your dream job... here's some top tips from our paid trainees and placement students to help you prepare!


Work with us

As we are part of The University of Manchester, all vacancies will be advertised on its jobs board. Select and search ’Cultural Institutions’ to find details of Manchester Museum vacancies.

The University of Manchester strives to make our community a welcoming, caring and enthusiastic one, fuelling ambition with opportunities and support to help us all achieve our personal and professional goals.

Find out more about working at the University of Manchester


Volunteer at Manchester Museum

Volunteers are at the heart of the Museum and play an invaluable role in supporting the work we do. Our fantastic team of over 100 volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors and contribute key skills across the whole of the Museum. We offer a range of opportunities to get up close to objects, support the care and conservation of our collections and connect programmes to diverse audiences.

Find out about volunteering at Manchester Museum


Current job opportunities

Visitor Team Coordinator

Location: Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Salary: £21,686 to £23,487 per annum, depending on relevant experience, with a 6% shift bonus

Hours: 35 hours per week

Duration: Permanent, starting as soon as possible

Closing date: 12 May 2022

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Peter Fallon,

Overall Purpose of the Role


The role of a Visitor Team Coordinator is to ensure the museum’s day to day visitor operations run smoothly. You will ensure public areas are correctly staffed, health and safety procedures are adhered to, and Visitor Team Assistants are supported in their role to create memorable and inspiring experiences for our visitors. You will also support the Visitor Team Manager with associated administrative tasks required to manage a large team and the Marketing department with social media and online visitor queries.

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Further jobs and opportunities

Visit The University of Manchester jobs board. Select and search ’Cultural Institutions’ to find details of vacancies at Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and Jodrell Bank.