Natural History Museum

Science Educator

About Us

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

About the role

As a Science Educator, you will join the Learning Engagement team at the Natural History Museum which aspires to become a world leader in face-to-face museum learning in terms of quality and effectiveness.

Science Educators are key to achieving the department’s aims, delivering an exciting array of inspiring and engaging natural history and science learning experiences to our diverse audiences, making learning accessible and memorable. The programmes and experiences include a range of subject matter, delivered across several platforms which includes shows, virtual school workshops, on site workshops, tours, and handling stations. These activities range in size, from delivering a show to 100 people or engaging with individuals. All our activities encourage scientific inquiry, questioning and dialogue.

Science Educators participate in several Continuing Professional Development programmes to reflect on their practice, engage with Museum science and further their understanding of teaching and learning theory and practice.

This role includes weekend work on a rota basis, working 1 weekend in 3.

About you

You will have excellent presentation skills and the ability to perform entertaining live presentations and engaging activity-based workshops for a range of audiences. You will bring detailed knowledge of how people learn and the ability to use this knowledge to inspire, enthuse and build rapport with large groups and individuals. You should have tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience in one or more of: teaching, science, science communication or museum studies.

What we offer

  • 5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures. For more details, visit www.cssc.co.uk
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi.

How to apply

If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, at careeers.nhm.ac.uk

Various Contracts: Part time (Fixed term 12 month contract, 18 hours/week)

Part time (Fixed term 6 month contract, 18 hours/week)

Please note our interview process will be in two parts:

9am – Panel coffee and chat with all candidates

Candidates will bring a favourite object with them to lead a 5-minute interaction with fellow candidates and interview panel over a hot drink.

(Time TBC) – Individual interview

Interviews: 19 or 20 October

Closing date for applications: 9am, 7 October

Salary: £13,615 (FTE £27,231) per annum