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Buildings Assistant

Chiltern Open Air Museum is recruiting a Buildings Assistant to help the Buildings Manager maintain, manage and re-construct historical buildings on the Museum’s 45 acre site. The Museum currently has 35 reconstructed vernacular buildings and a further 14 in storage waiting to be re-built.

The Buildings Assistant will work with, supervise and train volunteers, and supervise onsite contractors and suppliers. They will assist with buildings administration and routine operational tasks ensuring they are compliant with Health & Safety regulations. They will assist with the operation and maintenance of traditional plant, machinery and vehicles.

In addition to working as part of the Buildings Team, they will also be part of the Museum’s team of Duty Staff and will be included in the building unlocking and locking rota. The Museum is a visitor attraction and welcomes around 60,000 visitors per year. Duty Staff are responsible for running and opening the site and are required to work two weekend days or Bank Holidays days per month.

This is a rare opportunity to be involved in, and a chance to use and learn a variety of skills working with the Museum’s eclectic collection of historic buildings.

The job is full time, 5 days out of 7, although this may vary seasonally according to events and other needs.

Principal Tasks

  • To assist the Buildings Manager
  • To work with, supervise and train buildings volunteers
  • To learn and implement heritage building construction skills and the use of vernacular building materials
  • To participate in the management and practical application of heritage building project work
  • To assist with administration and routine operational tasks
  • To assist with historic buildings maintenance
  • To ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations
  • To assist with the operation and maintenance of traditional plant, machinery and vehicles
  • To assist Front-of-House functions with support and volunteer management when necessary
  • To lock and unlock Museum buildings on a regular basis
  • To take part in the Duty Staff weekend rota (approx 2 weekend days per month / Bank Holidays in open season)
  • To work with and assist other departments
  • To assist with any task required for the operation of the Museum when necessary
  • To deal and co-operate with external organisations if required
  • To deal with external enquiries and offer practical information

Essential qualifications and experience

  • Knowledge of heritage building skills
  • Relevant experience in a similar role
  • Experience of supervising a team
  • Clean full driving licence
  • Use of own vehicle to get to the Museum


  • Qualification/experience in electrical and/or plumbing work
  • Trailer driving qualification
  • Forklift driving qualification
  • Welding qualification
  • First Aid at work – current certificate
  • Risk assessment and COSHH training
  • Previous experience in museums or heritage organisation
  • Experience of working with volunteers

Person Specification

  • Competence with plant, machinery and equipment as well as having relevant certificates required (NPTC or Lantra)
  • Passion for and commitment to heritage buildings and techniques
  • Respect and understanding for volunteer contributions to heritage
  • Ability to manage a range of teams, colleagues and contractors
  • Able to work safely, with risk assessment and compliance with safety procedures.
  • Experience of delivering work based training
  • Ability to engage with visitors
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
  • Commitment to achieving high standards
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Sense of humour

Application Process

Please email applications to using the Museum application form General Museum Job Application Form

Deadline for applications:  21 January 2019

Interviews:  Week of 28 January 2019  

Start date:  March 2019

£20,000 Per Annum
Closing Date:
21st January 2019

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chalfont St Giles


Sam Hatfield
Chiltern Open Air Museum
Newland Park
Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St Giles
T: 01494 871117

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