Post your employment, training and volunteer opportunities here

Every year HLF funds thousands of projects around the country. Invariably, these projects generate lots of employment, training and volunteer opportunities. One of the questions we get asked a lot is: how can I find out about jobs/training/volunteering opportunities created by HLF-supported projects? And until now, there hasn’t been a simple answer.

So, we’ve created this forum thread to enable those running HLF-supported projects to add details of their opportunities in one place.

Please keep your posts brief, but make sure you include vital information such as the type of position, the location, and what your project is about, and then link through to another site where potential applicants can find more information (don’t post full job descriptions here). Also, please include a closing date, so everyone knows when the application period has passed.

We look forward to hearing about enthusiastic heritage lovers being matched with exciting heritage projects.

Submitted by drinking.ginger (not verified) on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:12


Drinking Ginger (CIC), Vanessa McClune, Director/Project Manager: this is a very good idea.

Submitted by martin.astell@… (not verified) on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:59


The Essex Sound and Video Archive is recruiting for two volunteer roles for our project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place, which will share our archive recordings to help people develop their sense of place and attachment to the county.

1. Events Assistants: We want outgoing, energetic volunteers to help us run survey events where we ask members of the public what Essex sounds like.

2. Admin Support: We want an organised, methodical person to help us prepare for these survey events, and to collate our responses.

We'd like people to apply by 9 September, and the events will run between September and December. Check out the links above for more information and details on how to apply, or contact sarahjoy.maddeaux [@] .

Submitted by Katharine Boardman (not verified) on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:37


There are several volunteering opportunities in Yorkshire over the summer:

Cawood Heritage are looking for volunteers in August and September to take part in their HLF funded archaeological dig. For more information visit If you are interested contact them on

Doncaster city centre is opening up trenches during August to search for First World War barracks and training grounds. Live Archaeology Dig: Uncover Doncaster’s First World War is open to visit behind St Peter-in-Chains Church, Doncaster, DN1 2AA between 10 – 22 August 2015 (excluding Sunday) from 10am to 4pm, with Open Days between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 15 and 22 August.  For more information, visit the Doncaster 1914-18 website.

For more information on these projects check out our feature Diggin' the summer.

Submitted by steve_baker@ho… (not verified) on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:00


train for the cavalry 

We are a North West based group, presenting cavalry life in WW1 to the general public at small events , putting on riding displays and small presentations.

We currently field about 6 riders but are always on the lookout for people who can interact with the public and take part in our displays.

Knowledge of horses is a distinct advantage - riders need to be over 18, Participants are encouraged to learn about the individual soldiers as opposed to the general conflict.

Training events take place near Goole at the troop riding centre

If you want more detail contact by email on

our website is if you want to see what e have been up to

Submitted by learningoffice… (not verified) on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:55


There are new employment and volunteering opportunities at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village as part of our HLF project to restore Watts Studios.


"Watts Gallery has a magical atmosphere - as a steward in the Gallery I feel part of the Victorian art world and learn more every week"

We are true to the Wattses original ethos of 'Art for All' so whether you are looking to meet like minded people, acquire new skills, or learn more about the Gallery, we are keen to welcome you to the team. We are currently lucky enough to have a community of almost 300 people who volunteer with us, but we are always looking to welcome more.

Our greatest need is for more Gallery stewards, who provide a warm welcome to all our visitors, signing up for two-hour shifts on a flexible basis.

Once you have joined the team there are lots of opportunities for furthering your involvement – becoming a guide, helping with evening events, cultivating the gardens and supporting school visits and family events.

More information can be found here:

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is recruiting for the new post of Heritage Assistant. The role provides a unique opportunity to join the organisation in the lead up to the opening of Watts Studios this winter. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to gain experience within a lively and ambitious department. This position is ideal for a candidate wishing to enter into a career in museums and galleries.

The Heritage Assistant will be a key member of the Learning and Visitor Services team, involved in recruitment and training of volunteers, duty management and delivery of an exciting public programme. The role provides scope for involvement across a range of activities within the team, including assisting with school and group visits, family activities and evening events. The ideal candidate will adopt a positive and flexible attitude to work. The role offers the opportunity to engage across all departments to ensure excellence in visitor experience across the site.

This position is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is specifically created to assist in the delivery of Watts Studios. This is a full time position with a fixed term contract for a minimum of 1.5 years, with the possibility for extension.

The deadline for applications is 9am Friday 28 August. Interviews will be held at Watts Gallery on Tuesday 22 September. Please note we will only contact applicants if invited for interview.

A full Job Description can be found here:


Submitted by (not verified) on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 17:39


The coast of England is under constant threat from wind, waves and winter storms. These threats wreak havoc on England's varied coastal and intertidal heritage, not only exposing these sites but washing them away before they are ever seen.

The Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) has been set up in response to the dynamic threats to our island heritage. We are a community archaeology project working in the areas of England exposed at low tide but covered at high tide.

CITiZAN looking for an army of volunteers to monitor our coastal heritage!

CITiZAN cannot hope to monitor the 6,500+ miles of English coastline on our own. But we can support local communities with training in how to recognise and record features in your local areas.

You can get involved in a variety of ways with CITiZAN:

  • Attend lectures and workshops on England’s coastal heritage
  • Join us for guided walks to learn more about local coastal history
  • Carry out off-site research, exploring archives or exploring aerial photography
  • Participate in on-site recording training sessions
  • Adopt a coastal site and carry out long-term monitoring

We hold outdoor events throughout the summer season and a variety of indoor events in the winter months. Check our event calendar for more details:

For more information, sign up to the CITiZAN mailing list

Submitted by NRandell (not verified) on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:48


The Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme is open for applications for their 14 month trainee placements in horticulture.  This Welsh based project is part of our Skills for the Future programme.

The HHSS is administered by a group of garden sites: Aberglasney, Bodnant, Cardiff, Dyffryn, Newport, Picton and St Fagans. Trainees will  receive quality practical training in specialised accredited modules with an emphasis on high practical skills.

Deadline 31 Aug. 



Submitted by victoria.robb@… (not verified) on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:56


Join the Scotland's Urban Past (SUP) Youth Forum!

Young people aged 16 to 24 are invited to boost their CVs and make a lasting impact on how other young people engage with their urban environment by joining the newly launched Youth Forum.

Why join?

  • Training
    • 8 in-person training sessions, online tutorials and podcasts
  • New experiences
  • Take the lead
    • Plan, get creative and run your own event
  • Have a say and be heard
  • Wow potential employers
  • All travel expenses reimbursed

Who can join?

If you are aged between 16 and 24 and want to get involved in something different, then the SUP Youth Forum is for you!

You don't have to have any previous experience or knowledge - we want you just as you are - wherever you are. We are seeking to recruit 20 new members annually.

Whether you're interested in history, archaeology, architecture, project or event management, marketing or even just your local area -  come along with your enthusiasm and discover the difference you can make for Scotland's urban past as well as your own CV!

For more information or to join please visit the Youth Forum page

Submitted by penmuseum@penr… (not verified) on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:23


The Pen Museum Vacancies for Front of House Volunteers. Objectives of Role: To ensure the museum operates in a safe manner, create a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, and provide excellent customer service care to those that call or visit the museum. This is done by knowing which events are happening in the museum and when, how to deal with a variety of enquiries and how to undertake all the necessary procedures to be a successful Front of House Volunteer. Outline of tasks and activities to be undertaken:
  • To greet visitors, record admissions, take payment, give a tour and operate thenib making presses.
  • To serve customers in the shop.
  • To keep the museum areas clean and tidy, everything in its rightful place, emptying the bins and ensuring no personal possessions are left on show.
  • To tidy children’s area ensuring that there is a supply of paper and pencils.
  • To check the activity areas and tidy as necessary.
Further details can be found on the Museum website where the full role profile and application form may also be obtained. Pen Museum September 2015

Submitted by Amy Freeborn (not verified) on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:06


The Heritage Lottery Fund is currently recruiting a Chair for our Committees for the East of England, South West, South East England and West Midlands and members for our Committees in the North West and Scotland.

Find out more about the various roles and apply here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28 September 2015.