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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Annual salary scale: £20,600 - £23,487 per annum pro rata
Closing Date: Friday 19 August 2022
Reference: JU32360

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The Museum is seeking applications for an enthusiastic, friendly Front of House Assistant. This is a part-time 27 hours per week role (averaged over 2 weeks) working weekends plus one day at the weekend. The Museum is a 7-day operation and frequently hosts events outside its core public opening hours. Regular weekend work and the flexibility to work evenings and occasional bank holidays is therefore essential. Actual hours worked will be agreed with the successful candidate.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is one of the nine University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM). It is both a museum open to the general public and a research and teaching facility of the University. The Museum is currently open to the public Tuesdays to Sundays and welcomes approximately 70,000 visitors a year. The Museum's world-class collections attract visiting researchers from all over the world and it maintains an active programme of temporary exhibitions and loans to major exhibitions within the UK and internationally. MAA's collections are Designated for their national and international importance. For further information about the Museum's staff, collections and programmes, see

The Front of House Assistants work under the supervision of the Visitor Services Manager and facilitate access to the Museum during public opening hours with responsibility for the health and safety of visitors and for safeguarding the Museum displays. The role is largely based at the front desk where s/he presents a welcoming face to visitors, dealing with enquiries both in person and by telephone. The role holder must be able to communicate clearly and informatively with visitors, including members of the public, University staff, visiting scholars, researchers and students. Front of House Assistants supervise a large team of front of house volunteers and when deputising for the Visitor Services Manager and Visitor Services Assistant/Shop Supervisor are responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient staff cover in the Museum galleries.

No formal educational qualifications are needed, though education to GCSE level or equivalent will be seen as an advantage. Basic numeracy and literacy are required. Experience of customer service in a public facing role is essential and experience in dealing with members of the public in a guiding and/or supervisory capacity is an advantage, as is retail experience. An interest in archaeology and anthropology is desirable but no specific knowledge is required. Punctuality, reliability and the ability to communicate effectively are essential as well as the confidence and self-assurance to be able to work alone and a willingness to take responsibility for areas such as security and safety.

MAA and the University of Cambridge Museums are committed to inclusion and diversity within our institutions and across the sector, and we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records) check, a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge job opportunities page for this vacancy at This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. The University page also has a link to further information about the role.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to the Visitor Services Manager on

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 August 2022. It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during week commencing 30 August. It is hoped that the successful candidates will take up the appointments as soon as possible.

Please quote reference JU32360 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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