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)

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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.

 

Programme Developer (Open Source Science) - Maternity Cover

Exhibit Commissions: Open Call for Creatives

We the Curious is inviting Bristol and South West based artists, filmmakers and creative practitioners to submit expressions of interest for exhibit commissions to be part of our new permanent exhibition launching in Nov 2020.

We are looking for individuals or collectives to create film, audio, photography and interactive art installation content that respond to and explore big questions asked by the people of Bristol and beyond.

This is part of Project What If, placing people’s questions at the heart of the science centre, exploring ideas from all angles, bringing art, science and culture together in a space where everyone is not just welcome but valued participants in a connected curious adventure. 

 

For full background, budget, exhibit briefs and details of how to apply, please visit:

Audio: http://developers.wethecurious.io/docs/audio/audio-introduction/

Film: http://developers.wethecurious.io/docs/films/films-introduction/

Art:  http://developers.wethecurious.io/docs/art/art-introduction/

Photography:  http://developers.wethecurious.io/docs/photography/photography-introduction/

 

Closing date for questions and enquiries:          Monday 23rd December 2019
Closing date for applications:                               Wednesday 8th January 2020

 

 

Gifts and Partnerships Manager

Salary:                  £32,000 – £36,000 depending on experience.

Hours:                  37.5 hours per week, although will consider flexible hours between 30-37.5 for the right candidate.

Contract:              Permanent

The Gifts and Partnerships Manager will lead on several of our fast-growing fundraising streams: major donors, corporate partnerships and academic partnerships. The Development team have established a strong foundation for these streams and we are now looking for a self-motivated individual to implement this strategy and take the organisation’s fundraising to the next level.

Closing date for applications: -  Sunday 2nd February, midnight

To Apply:  For a full job description and details on how to apply, please click here. You will need to submit a CV and application form (link below).

 

 

Programme Developer (Open Source Science) - Maternity Cover

Salary:                   £23,000 - £26,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Hours:                   Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Contract:              1 year-fixed term maternity cover contract

The Programme Developer (Open Source Science) is responsible for creating content – activities, workshops and participatory experiences – for the Open Source Science programme in collaboration with research partners, audiences and community partners. You will have experience of academic research culture and process, and solid organisational skills. You are confident maintaining a large number and diverse range of professional relationships.  You have experience working with a range of public and family audiences.

Closing date for applications: -  Sunday 26th January, midnight

To Apply:  For a full job description and details on how to apply, please click here. You will need to submit a CV and application form (link below).

 

Finance Business Partner

Salary:                   £34,000 - £37,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Hours:                   Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Contract:              1 year fixed term maternity cover contract

As a senior point of contact and key member of the Finance team, you will assist non-finance managers with their budgeting and financial management, producing monthly management accounts, periodic project reports and grant claims. You’ll use your knowledge and understanding to provide support from a financial perspective to help the organisation’s budget holders successfully manage their work. Full or part ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified (or qualified by experience), you’ll have proven experience in a related position and be passionate about all things finance with a high standard of numeracy and literacy and formidable knowledge of Excel.

To Apply:  Please apply as soon as possible. For a full job description and details on how to apply, please click here.  You will need to submit a CV and application form (link below).

 

 

Live Science Team Member 

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. 

Hours:                 Working 3 or 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  

Contract:             Permanent

In this role you will be enhancing the We The Curious visitor experience by engaging visitors in conversation, with our science shows, interactive activities, special events and facilitating our exhibitions and community activities in our venue and beyond. 

Closing date for applications: -  Sunday 5th January, midnight. 

To Apply:  For a full job description and details on how to apply, please click here.

 

 

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