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By May 26th, 2021No Comments
Some children dressing up at The Devil's Porridge Museum.

Job Title: Youth and Community Engagement Officer

Salary: £24,500

Hours: 37.5 a week

Contract duration: 1 year

The Devil’s Porridge Museum is seeking a motivated individual to take the lead on the delivery of our goal to ‘put young people at the heart of the museum’.  The Museum prides itself on its commitment to its community and we are looking for someone who can make our organisation a community hub with quality activities on offer for all age groups.  A focus on youth work is essential as we are looking to continue our work with young people aged 12 as volunteers, on projects and in clubs and activity sessions.  Enthusiasm, determination and energy are needed to make the most of this exciting role.  Experience of working with young people is essential either in extra curricular provision, organised activities or within an educational or museum establishment.

A positive team player, you will contribute to the successful day to day running of our 5 star Museum.  You’ll work closely with schools to deliver sessions at the Museum and work on projects and initiatives involving local and military history.  An ability to develop learning resources inspired by our collections and themes is essential.  You’ll oversee our school holiday activities programme and work with external providers and Youth Workers to achieve our goals.  You will have the opportunity to mentor young people through qualifications such as SVQs and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Active in recruiting volunteers, you’ll have the skills and creativity to develop original project ideas to work with them on and the drive and motivation to see them through to completion.  We’re always looking for new ways to engage with different audiences.  You will have the chance to see ideas through from concept to completion.  You will have the management of a budget so organisation and accurate record keeping are essential.

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 led 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 it 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.

Disclosure Scotland/PVG/criminal record check essential.

To apply: please email a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to Judith Hewitt

Closing date for applications: June 14th 2021 at 5pm


Essential Desirable
Enthusiasm for working with young people and members of our community. Experience of working in a heritage organisation in a similar role.
Able to generate ideas for projects and activities which are ambitious but achievable and which appeal to a wide range of people. Teaching or Youth Work Qualification.
Self-direction: able to take the lead on projects and see them through to completion managing timescales, working with volunteers and external agencies and monitoring budgets. Experience of organising STEM/STEAM sessions.
Able to oversee and mentor young people. Experience of working with volunteers.
Experience of working with young people.
Able to generate resources and deliver formal sessions for schools in line with curriculums.
Team player, flexible and positive.
DS/criminal record check or willingness to undertake one.
Able to work some weekends and evenings.
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