Jobs & Volunteering

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. We’re all about asking questions, being playful and testing things out.

Previously known as At-Bristol Science Centre, we’re an educational charity that removes boundaries around science - connecting art, people, everything, in a united culture of curiosity. We rely on people, from our skilled staff and volunteers, to the industry specialists we collaborate with and our visitors who inspire us everyday. Our day to day work is all inspired by our Manifesto for a Culture of Curiosity. Download it below to get an idea of what we're about.

(Image credit above: Paul Blakemore)

Join the team...

This page is regularly updated with new opportunities to join our passionate can-do team.

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Current vacancies

We believe in celebrating people's differences. So regardless of your background or personal characteristics, if you are great at what you do, we want to hear from you.

We do reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of any of our job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of high-quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for one of our roles as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date.

 

  

Live Science Team Member (Ref: LST_0719)

Hours: Working 3/4 days in 7 (working an average of 3 weekends out of 4) with the potential of working additional days up to 5 days per week.

Salary: Hourly rate of £8.60 per hour - rising to £9.05 on completion of probation. Opportunities to increase to £9.50 following evidence of progression through skills milestones

Contract: Permanent

In this role you will be enhancing the We The Curious visitor experience by engaging visitors in conversation, facilitating our exhibitions, delivering science shows, interactive activities, special events and community activities in our building and beyond. This means encouraging visitors to explore what interests them, empowering them to ask questions and explore the world. You will do this by providing amazing experiences and facilitating conversations in our programme spaces such as the Live lab, Kitchen, Studio theatre, Tinkering Space, Planetarium and open spaces, including story-telling, demonstrations and shows.

Closing date for applications – Sunday 4th August, midnight

Interview dates – w/b 19th August

For more details and to apply, please click here.

 

HR Advisor

Contract:             1 year FTC

Hours:                   Full-time, 37.5hrs per week

Salary:                   £25,000 - £28,000 per annum pro rata

We are looking for an HR Advisor to support the team during this busy time, in areas including recruitment, onboarding new starters, benchmarking roles and ER work. A focus for this role will be recruitment, as we plan to increase the organisation to support the work on a major new exhibition experience. You will also get involved with some larger projects and initiatives we need to achieve over the coming year. You’ll get exposure and be involved in all aspects of HR. Team work is important to us and we are looking for an HR Advisor who can add value to our small team.

Closing date for applications - Sunday 4th August, midnight

(Please note: We may bring the closing date forward if we have enough suitable applications, so please apply as soon as possible.)

For a full job description and details of how to apply please click here

 

Education Bookings Coordinator (Ref: EBC_0819)

Hours: Part-time, 25 hours per week Monday to Friday, ideally 9.30am -2.30pm

Salary: £17,648, pro rata, per annum, rising to £18,038  on completion of probation

Contract: Maternity Cover Contract until June 2020

With around 70,000 students visiting each year, our education bookings people play a crucial role in guiding schools and groups through the bookings process, tailoring our offer to meet their needs and ensuring they have the best visit possible.  You will understand the schools offer inside out and be able to explain it succinctly to teachers, confidently using computer systems or telephone to offer them the best package for their needs.  

Closing date for applications: 18th August, midnight

Date for interviews: 28th August

For more details and to apply, please click here.

Estates Services Manager

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours p/w

Salary: £26,000

Contract: Permanent

The Estates Services Manager will manage the Estates Services team who work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year covering the entire We the Curious site providing a secure, safe, and friendly environment for all visitors, staff and users of the open spaces.

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 18th August 2019.

For more details and to apply, please click here

 

If you have any problems with our online application, please contact us on hr@wethecurious.org

Volunteer with us...

As a charity, we rely on our supporters to help us achieve our aim of creating a culture of curiosity. Volunteers are a hugely important part of  the work we do and help us bring science to life in a variety of ways. By joining our volunteer programme you will meet new people, share and gain new skills as well as have fun! Our volunteer opportunities are flexible and varied. You can choose from a wide range of experiences from working with our visitors in Live Lab to supporting school workshops as well as getting out and about with the team at local community venues and events. 

 

Interested in our volunteer programme?

Want to know more? Chat to our Volunteering Team on 0117 915 7122 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

 

Collaborate

Our connected, creative human ecosystem of collaborators, researchers, inventors and dreamers needs you! Whether your working hours or spare time are spent as a beekeeper, a Lego builder, a bike mechanic, a postdoctoral researcher in ultrasound, a snooker player, a ballerina, a sculptor, a singer, a clinical neuroscientist, a materials technician, or a dog breeder – we would love to hear from you. 

Equally, if you are interested in meeting a bike repairer, dog breeder or clinical neuroscientist, perhaps we can link you up!

There are a variety of ways we collaborate within our programmes, events and exhibitions – in paid and unpaid capacities.  Our programming team meets fortnightly to discuss proposals for content and partnerships.  We consider these within the context of our manifesto, our development audiences, and our themes for the year.   

Before getting in touch, please read our manifesto and consider how its four elements relate to your work:  cultivating curiosity, opening up science, diverse participation and sustainable futures.  We’re interested in what you personally would like to get out of working with us, so please do give that some thought also.  Our partnerships need to benefit you and our visitors!

Our theme March 2018- Feb 2019 is Change.  Are you an agent for change?  What are the big changes we face in the future and how do we make ourselves resilient?

Our development audiences are people who live in Bristol postcodes 1-16, those who describe themselves as disabled, young people 11-18, Black and minority ethnic people, and those who live in the areas in the bottom 10% in the Indicies of Deprivation.

Here are some of the ways we can work together:

  • Volunteering.  This is a great way to see the breadth of experiences we offer and work with a variety of audiences.  It’s a great way to develop skills and experience in working with the general public.  Please contact volunteering
  • Open City Lab residencies.  If you are a researcher and are interested in a medium term partnership with us, please click here.  Please take a moment to read about the aims of our Open City Lab programme below before getting in touch.
  • If you are an artist who would like to make links with us the best thing is to invite us to see your work: creativeproducer@wethecurious.org.
  • If you are interested in being part of one of our After Hours evening events for adults, please click here
  • If you work with one of our development audiences and are interested in us working as part of your community, please click here