Museum Assistant-HMS Unicorn

Please note - working pattern for this role is Summer Season: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, Winter Season, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. See below for more details.

We are seeking a well-presented, friendly and confident Museum Assistant to act as the principle point of welcome for all visitors to our unique 200-year old Museum.


The Unicorn Preservation Society, a charity registered in Scotland, registration number SC002771. We will ensure the conservation and interpretation of HMS Unicorn within a maritime heritage visitor attraction as part of a group within the Dundee Waterfront and the wider Tayside region.

HMS Unicorn is the oldest surviving complete woodened hulled warship in the United Kingdom. Her keel was laid in 1822 and the ship placed in storage in 1824. She subsequently moved to Dundee in the 1870’s and was gifted to the charity by the Ministry of Defence in 1969. The ship has remained in the city ever since. The heritage of the ship is, therefore, largely associated with Dundee and she is an integral part of the history of the town and Scottish naval history.

We are entering one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship as we engage with funders to achieve significant grants to support the ship being moved from Victoria Quay to the East Graving Dock in Dundee. Over the next few years we should see a remarkable transformation of the ship and quayside helping to secure this important Heritage Asset’s future.

Principal duties

Our Museum Assistant provides a vital first point of contact for all audiences at HMS Unicorn, demonstrating an understanding of and enthusiasm for our unique ship combined with excellent customer service and communication skills.

Act as the principle point of welcome for all visitors to HMS Unicorn handling all enquiries promptly and professionally, and to alert relevant staff promptly of any visitors arriving for meetings
Operating the Front Desk (e.g. monitoring alarm systems, answering the phone, issuing keys, signing-in contractors etc.)
Undertake daily reconciliation and preparation of cash income for banking, and to maintain established audit controls and other related administrative records and controls in accordance with HMS Unicorn procedures
Ensure public areas (front desk, toilets, etc.) are kept clean and tidy. Regularly monitor the condition and cleanliness of front of house facilities, taking corrective action and/or reporting issues as appropriate
To discreetly and sensitively safeguard the security of visitors, staff, volunteers and museum assets, and report hazards, near misses and incidents
Assist with the evacuation of visitors and museum colleagues in the event of an emergency in accordance with evacuation protocols
Attend weekly Operation Meetings and report back to team
Support the delivery of museum events
Work under the instruction of the Operations Manager, the Learning and Engagement Officer, Events Officer and Maintenance Officer as required to ensure that continuity of service is maintained in all museum activities including events
Assist in the delivery of events as required
Adhere to organisational policies, including Health and Safety legislation, and procedures to protect people and the Museum’s reputation
Uphold the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics
Post requirements

A detailed person specification follows. We anticipate the following attributes:

Excellent people skills as you interact with the public, funders, key stakeholders, volunteers, staff and trustees;
Experience of similar organisations will prove an advantage;
Excellent customer service skills;
Experience in a retail environment;
Experience of cash handling;
Person Specification

· Willingness to undertake appropriate training

Experience & knowledge

· Experience of Customer Service or Hospitality Role

· Experience in dealing with the public

· Demonstrable cash handling skills

· Experience of using social media as a marketing tool

· Experience of dealing with customer feedback

· Experience of working with children and young people

Skills & abilities

· Excellent communication skills

· Good inter-personal skills and the ability to engage with all types of people

· Good IT skills

· Time management skills and the ability to work on own initiative

· Flexible and driven approach to work

· Good marketing skills

· Ability to promote HMS Unicorn’s programme to a diverse range of visitors

Personal qualities

· Self-motivated and energetic

· Non-judgemental, tactful, empathetic and approachable

· Trustworthy and reliable

· Flexible team player

· Energetic and cheerful

· An affinity with history and a willingness to lean about HMS Unicorn!


· Post holder will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure

· Driving Licence

Other matters

The salary for this post is £14,500 annual equivalent. 37.5 per week during summer, 20 hours per week during winter. This is a permanent contract.

The leave year operates from 1st April to the succeeding 31st March and there are 22.5 days of annual leave this includes plus Bank Holidays. Working hours are 37.5 hours per week during the summer period: 1st April – 31st October, Thursday – Monday, 9:00-17:30 and 20.0 hours per week during the winter period: 1st November – 31st March, Thursday – Sunday, 11:00-16:30). Where occasional evening work is required, time off in lieu will be offered. The place of employment will be HMS Unicorn.

The appointment is subject to a six-month probationary period.

Appointments may be terminated by either side in writing by giving a minimum of one months-notice within the probationary period and two months-notice thereafter.

This is a description of the job at present. The above is not intended to be a comprehensive list of key responsibilities or duties. Other related duties may be required from time to time.

It is the practice of the Museum to periodically review job descriptions and to update them to ensure that duties relate to the job then being performed. It is our aim to reach agreement to reasonable changes following consultation. However, if agreement is not possible the Museum reserves the right to make reasonable changes after consultation.

Application Close Date: Unspecified

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