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Opportunities at the RLC


Maybe you have time on your hands and would like to be involved with us?
Become a Rustics Volunteer at the museum and use your skills for the benefit of us all, whether you are good at painting houses or have relevant experience with heavy machinery.

If you have skills that you think will be useful, please contact us in the normal way - see the footer of this page for our details.


From time to time we have vacancies for permanent or temporary employment. The current opportunities are shown below. Please contact Madeleine by telephone on 01252-795571 or email at madeleine@rural-life.org.uk if you would like more details.

Current Vacancies

  1. Fundraising and Marketing Officer

    The Rural Life Centre is entering an exciting period in which we are looking to develop the museum through extending our programme through the development of a purpose built visitor centre.

    Purpose of the job

    Assist the Director in the development of and delivery of the forward plan of the Rural Life Centre through fundraising and promoting of the museum to outside organisations and individuals as laid down by the Trust.

    Main Duties and Accountabilities

    • Develop a fundraising strategy through researching new sources of funding, and further developing existing funding opportunities.
    • Identify and reach target audiences through the development of a marketing strategy and promotion of the museum through different media including writing press releases, updating the website and through the use of social media.
    • Take the lead on the planning and delivery of a number of events as agreed with the Director.
    • Help promote the museum with professional and local organisations by attending external meetings and events.
    • Attend meetings of the Management Committees.
    • Deputise for the Director in his/her absence, utilising the resources available from the paid staff and volunteers.
    • Help ensure that the displays are correctly opened and closed each day during open days.
    • Act as key holder and primary point of contact to deal with any emergencies.
    • Act as short-term relief for other staff as required.
    • Be aware of health and safety, emergency, evacuation and business continuity procedures and take a leading role if an emergency should occur.
    • Complete Museum administration and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.


    • Essential — Educated to degree level or have equivalent experience in a relevant subject.
    • Desirable — Have a post-graduate degree in a relevant subject.


    • Essential — Experience of working in a charity.
    • Essential — Experience of working in the museum or heritage sector.
    • Essential — Knowledge and implementation of fundraising strategies.
    • Essential — Demonstrable track record of fundraising.
    • Essential — Knowledge and implementation of marketing strategies.
    • Essential — Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders.
    • Desirable — Experience of financial planning.
    • Desirable — Experience of managing and developing budgets.
    • Desirable — Experience in working with volunteers as well as other paid staff.


    • Essential — Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Essential — Strong organisational skills.
    • Essential — Ability to manage and prioritise a varied work load.
    • Essential — Ability to build relationships with a range of people.
    • Essential — Strong IT skills.
    • Desirable — Can take a practical and resourceful approach to projects.
    • Desirable — Strong influencing and negotiating skills.

    Personal Qualities

    • Essential — A self-starter who is able to work well on your own with little supervision or as part of a team.
    • Essential — Able to respond well to challenges and solve problems quickly and effectively Essential - Adaptable, resourceful and efficient.
    • Essential — Enthusiastic, approachable and confident.

    To apply for this position or for more information please contact Madeleine Howard: madeleine@rural-life.org.uk
    Closing Date: 30th June 2017.

  2. There are no further vacancies