The Science Museum Group:
- 5 world class museums
- 5.5 million visitors last year
- 7 million items within our unrivalled collections
We’ve achieved so much and we have no intention of slowing down.
Our mission and values
At the Science Museum Group, we make it our mission to inspire futures. Our talented and dedicated colleagues are guided by five values that encapsulate what we’re all about:
- We think big, pushing the limits of what’s possible
- We challenge ourselves to reveal wonder
- We use our passion, expertise and creativity to share authentic stories
- We aim to ignite curiosity in our audiences and our colleagues
- We take pride in being open for all
With a diverse and exciting range of jobs and volunteering opportunities to choose from across all of our museums, find out how you can help make our vision into reality.
Working at the Science Museum Group comes with a range of benefits to help you plan for the future, save money and enjoy life. This includes:
- BUPA dental & health
- Interest-free loans
- Buy and sell holiday
- Employee assistance programme
- Flexible working
- Career breaks
- Discounts in on-site cafes, shops and cinemas
- Free entry to exhibitions
- Discounts at other museums
So, you’ve seen your dream job with SMG. What do you do now?
You’ll need to apply for the position via our website. We ask all candidates to complete an application form for our vacancies instead of a traditional CV, as we prefer to shortlist based on values, experience and skills to ensure a fair and equitable process for all candidates. As part of this process, we’ll ask you to provide answers to up to three Supporting Statement questions, as well as some basic personal information which we will need for equal opportunities monitoring.
We review all applications against the criteria detailed in the Vacancy Information Pack, so please do ensure you fully detail how you meet the criteria of the role. We love it when our applicants write thorough and thoughtful responses to the Supporting Statement questions, so don’t be afraid to go into detail. This will ensure we get a good understanding of your skills and experience, and how you meet the requirements of the role.
You’ll hear from us within a couple of weeks of the closing date if your application has been shortlisted, most likely by email. You will be given full details as to the date, time, location and structure of the interview, and who you’ll be meeting on the day, so you know what to expect.
If you’re successful, congratulations! You will be contacted with full details of the job offer and contract, and we will discuss your start date. And if you’re not successful at this time, don’t lose heart. We aim to provide interview feedback to those who want it. Unfortunately, we can’t always provide feedback if you’re not shortlisted, due to the volume of applications we receive. Do keep an eye on our website, or our social media channels, and feel free to apply again.
How do I apply for a job?
To apply for any of our vacancies you need to create an account and apply online. Follow the link to ‘Apply now’ within the vacancy advert. Instructions are provided as you go along.
Can I submit my CV, without applying for a specific job, so it can be kept on file?
We’re sorry that we are not able to save CVs on file, but we don’t want you to miss out on future vacancies. Instead you can create an account and register to receive email alerts when vacancies you might be interested in arise.
How old do I have to be to work for you?
You need to be 16 years or over.
Do I need a work permit to work for you?
You will need to prove that you have the right to work in the UK. For up-to-date advice on how employers carry out right-to-work checks, and what documents we can accept, please visit www.gov.uk.
Can you sponsor me to work for you?
We only sponsor individuals from outside the EU who require a visa in limited circumstances. If you are in this position, email firstname.lastname@example.org to check if we are able to consider sponsoring your application ahead of the closing date.
What hours, days or shifts will I be asked to work?
We have a very wide range of roles covering many different working patterns. Details for each role will be given in the advert or vacancy information pack.
I’ve been invited to an assessment day, what does this involve?
Throughout the year, we recruit Casual Museum Assistants to join us and work in front of house roles across Visitor Fundraising, Visitor Experience, Commercial Operations, Retail and Learning. As a Casual Museum Assistant, you will develop skills across a range of areas in our museums and work on a flexible basis when we need all hands-on deck.
As part of our process for recruiting these roles, we hold assessment days. Our assessment days vary depending on the type of role that you apply for, but typically involve group and individual tasks while also giving you a chance to learn more about the role you’re applying for, meet some of the key people you’d be working with and gain an insight into the work we do at SMG.
We try to ensure that every assessment day is a positive experience for you regardless of the outcome of your application.