• Belfast
  • £ 14.47 per hour
  • Temporary
  • nuala.gordon@premiere-agency.com

 Part time – 6 months – 7.4 hours per week

Overall purpose of job:

The role of the Project Assistant is to assist with the planning and delivery of the Urban Nature Project at National Museums NI. The Urban Nature project is a Heritage Lottery funded project, first proposed by the Natural History Museum and featuring a range of partner organisations across the UK.


Working alongside colleagues in education, the post-holder will help to liaise with local SEND schools taking part in the project, and assist in the delivery of a series of biodiversity-themed workshops throughout the academic year. As with all of National Museum NI’s natural sciences education programme, the aim of the project is to empower children to imagine, investigate and develop skills of scientific enquiry.



Duties and Responsibilities:


1.       Support the Natural Sciences Education Officer in the development of content and activity for the Urban Nature Project at the Ulster Folk Museum and in schools participating in the project.


  1. Plan and facilitate high-quality learning experiences for school groups participating in the project through workshops, talks and events.


3.       Liaise with school principals, teachers and pupils within participating schools to ensure that all schools are able to make a positive contribution to the project plan.


4.       Coordinate the project calendar and maintain regular contact with participating schools throughout the school year.


Essential Shortlisting Criteria

  1. A primary degree in a relevant discipline anda minimum of 1 years’ experience in the delivery of curriculum based learning or engagement programmes in a museum/heritage context.


A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the delivery of curriculum based learning or engagement programmes in a museum/heritage context.


  1. Experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


  1. Experience of engagement with schools and / or community groups.


  1. Experience of understanding and meeting the needs of new and diverse audiences.


  1. Experience of logistical planning for education or engagement events.


  1. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.


  1. Ability to work independently as well as within a team.


A full driving licence and access to a car.


5.       Assist with the planning and delivery of public events at the Ulster Folk Museum in relation to the project.


6.       Process orders of project equipment and materials and manage the secure storage of materials onsite.


7.       Liaise with National Museums NI staff and volunteers to maintain the project site at the Ulster Folk Museum.


8.       Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement within the Education team by encouraging feedback from schools and supporting the collection of project evaluations.


9.       Undertake Safeguarding activities and ensure full compliance with National Museums NI’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. 


10.   Work with colleagues across the site to ensure that our museums are safe and welcoming community spaces as well as stimulating and vibrant environments which engage people of all ages and abilities. 


11.   Work closely with participating schools on post-Project activities. 



12.   Ensure that information is shared with team members clearly, concisely and in a timely manner.


13.   Develop a close and productive working relationship with participating schools.


Team Working

14.   Help to support a team ethos and develop close working relationships with other members of the education team on-site.


15.   Build a sense of team spirit, encouraging shared ownership of objectives and deliverables.



16.   To be flexible to include the occasional requirement to work evenings and weekends.


17.   Any other duties appropriate to the grade.