Job Opportunity – Youth Work Assistant

By November 12th, 2020No Comments

Hours: 10-12 per week

Salary: £10 per hour

Duration of Contract: 1 year

Job Description


The Devil’s Porridge Museum is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Youth Work Assistant. The role will involve working closely with the Museum Manager and the Access and Learning Officer to develop the Museums Gardening Club and Environmental projects, as well as establishing and running other youth work activities in the Museum. The Youth Work Assistant role is integral to our aim of placing young people at the heart of the Museum.


We’re looking for someone self-motivated with an enthusiasm for working with children, young people and families. This person will take lead on several projects with young people and work closely with the Museum Manager and Access and Learning Officer to deliver our funded outcomes. An ability to work indepentently within a small team is essential. You’ll be working with young people and potentially vulnerable adults and as such a PVG disclosure will be necessary, however the Museum can support you in obtaining this if required. Specialist knowledge is less important in the candidate than a desire to work with young people and make a positive contribution to their experiences within the Museum.


The Devil’s Porridge Museum was established nearly 25 years ago to share the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest factory on earth in World War One. It is a volunteer lead and run organisation with a small team of dedicated staff. Our organisation has young people at its heart and does all it can to serve its local community. In 2018, the Museum achieved Accreditation and is now working towards gaining Recognised Collection Status for its World War One collection. The Museum houses nearly 4000 objects relating to World War One and the Solway Military Coast (1939 onwards). We are one of Dumfries and Galloway’s top tourist attractions and were shortlisted for Kids in Museum’s 2019 ‘Most Family Friendly Museum in the UK’ award.


To apply: please email a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to Steven Bogle at


Closing date for applications: December 7th at 5pm



  • Ability to work with young people

  • Interest in gardening and environmental projects and willingness to work outside

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Independent approach: able to manage own time effectively

  • Membership of PVG disclosure scheme or willingness to join

  • Attention to detail: necessary for record keeping




  • Enjoy working as part of a small team

  • Knowledge of STEM/STEAM activities

  • Interest in local history

  • Experience of social media engagement

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