Thank you for taking an interest in working with us.

We are excited to be advertising for two positions;

CEO
Gardens Community Engagement Officer

How to Apply: 

  1. Read the job advert/job specification and person specification for your chosen role below
  2. Download an application form CLICK HERE
  3. Download the application guidance CLICK HERE
  4. Download the equality monitoring form CLICK HERE
  5. Return the completed forms to enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org or post to Director, Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, CT7 0BH
  6. Please note, CV’s will not be accepted

If you are unable to download the application form, guidance, and monitoring form, please email enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org to request a copy.

Start your new adventure with us!

 


CEO

The Powell-Cotton Trust is seeking a CEO to lead it into the next exciting chapter of its history. On the cusp of an inheritance that will help secure its long-term sustainability, the Trust’s potential and ambition is huge, and we are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and visionary leader to take it forward. Get in touch with our search partners, Saxton Bampfylde, for a conversation.

Gardens Community Engagement Officer

Job Title Gardens Community Engagement Officer
Responsible to Head Gardener
Responsible for Volunteers
Remuneration £28,000 per annum
Hours 35 hours per week
Location Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent.  CT7 0BH
Contract Fixed Term contract until 31st January 2025

We are looking for an experienced, pro-active, highly skilled and enthusiastic community engagement officer to work in our historic gardens developing and delivering activities, and / or volunteering opportunities for vulnerable, disadvantaged or disabled people. This is a unique opportunity to work with social horticultural therapists, artist practitioners and service providers to test and develop engagement activities that increase levels of social connections for participants.

You will be a creative thinker with good communication skills, energy and the ability to engage others.  You will have strong planning and organisational skills, and the ability to manage your own workload and prioritise effectively to meet deadlines.  You will be experienced in working to develop partnerships and relationships with community organisations and stakeholders.

The postholder will be supported in their role by the Gardens team, and colleagues from the museum.  This is a fixed term post funded by AIM Connected Communities. AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England.

The Sunshine Project

The Sunshine Project focuses on making the historic gardens an inclusive space for all to engage within.  The project builds upon our current practice in the delivery of volunteering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and SEND students.  The Sunshine Project will widen the use of the garden for social and therapeutic horticulture offering engagement beyond our usual gardening activities.  It will consolidate existing partnerships with service level providers as well as developing a model of partnership working to increase our capacity to meet the needs and expectations of additional volunteers who are socially isolated in our community providing them with meaningful and engaging volunteer opportunities.

Job Pack:   CLICK HERE.

How to apply: Go to the top of this page and download the forms required.

Training: A Professional Development Plan will be agreed with the Head Gardener.

Start/end date: This post is a fixed term contract ending on 31st January 2025. A three-month probationary review period applies for all contract staff.

Closing Date for Application: Monday 27th November 2023

Interview Date: Friday 8th December 2023

Interview type: Interviews will be in person where possible. We offer reasonable adjustments as required.

The interview will include a traditional question style, a presentation by you, and a walk and talk where you will meet other colleagues, and volunteers. Reasonable interview expenses will be paid.

If you are selected for interview the questions, and your presentation theme will be sent out in advance.

For an informal discussion concerning this post contact Sue Harris, Head Gardener.  Email: sue.harris@powell-cottonmuseum or tel 07582718658

The Gardens Community Engagement Officer post is supported through an AIM Connected Communities Grant.  AIM Connected Communities is funded by the DCMS Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England

Is there anything more delicious and comforting than a hearty soup on a chilly winter's day? (Especially if it's been made just for you by the wonderful @AngelasofMargate - and is accompanied by some fun, festive foraging and a creative wreath-making experience!)

Our Festive Wreath-Making Experiences are running on: 
Sat 2nd (Sold Out)
Sun 3rd (A few left!) 
Sat 9th December (Just added due to popular demand!)

Don't miss out - head to the website to book today!

#GardenWorkshops #ChristmasWreath #QuexGardens #Kentwreathmaking #margatewreathmaking #kentwreathworkshop #kent #visitkent #visitthanet

Is there anything more delicious and comforting than a hearty soup on a chilly winter`s day? (Especially if it`s been made just for you by the wonderful @AngelasofMargate - and is accompanied by some fun, festive foraging and a creative wreath-making experience!)

Our Festive Wreath-Making Experiences are running on:
Sat 2nd (Sold Out)
Sun 3rd (A few left!)
Sat 9th December (Just added due to popular demand!)

Don`t miss out - head to the website to book today!

#GardenWorkshops #ChristmasWreath #QuexGardens #Kentwreathmaking #margatewreathmaking #kentwreathworkshop #kent #visitkent #visitthanet
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Festive Wreath-Making Experience - Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd & Sat 9th December.

Due to popular demand, we have added another opportunity to join one of our wonderful festive wreath-making experiences on the 9th December! 

Join us for a tour of Quex Gardens in winter, forage your wreath materials, create a spectacular festive display and feast on a delicious and hearty lunch provided by our friends at @angelasofmargate

Don't miss out - head to the website to book today to book your place! Pre-booking essential.

#GardenWorkshops #ChristmasWreath #QuexGardens

Festive Wreath-Making Experience - Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd & Sat 9th December.

Due to popular demand, we have added another opportunity to join one of our wonderful festive wreath-making experiences on the 9th December!

Join us for a tour of Quex Gardens in winter, forage your wreath materials, create a spectacular festive display and feast on a delicious and hearty lunch provided by our friends at @angelasofmargate

Don`t miss out - head to the website to book today to book your place! Pre-booking essential.

#GardenWorkshops #ChristmasWreath #QuexGardens
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Thanks for all the wonderful feedback recently! 

#powellcottonmuseum #kentmuseums #visitkent #visitthanet #reimaginingthemuseum

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback recently!

#powellcottonmuseum #kentmuseums #visitkent #visitthanet #reimaginingthemuseum
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Fun with Fungi : An amazing opportunity to enjoy a fresh, organic lunch prepared by Rob Cooper, Head Chef of Angela's of Margate! Proud owner of a coveted Green Michelin star, celebrating their sustainability credentials, Angela's has a reputation for mouth-watering dishes made with local ingredients of the highest quality (some of which are grown here in our gardens!) 

Enjoy your delicious dining experience on the museum grounds before a hands-on workshop learning how to grow your own mushrooms with our expert and knowledgeable museum gardens team. Find out more on the website, pre-sales end on Thursday 12th October, pre-booking essential...

#FungiExperience #VisitThanet #QuexGardens

Fun with Fungi : An amazing opportunity to enjoy a fresh, organic lunch prepared by Rob Cooper, Head Chef of Angela`s of Margate! Proud owner of a coveted Green Michelin star, celebrating their sustainability credentials, Angela`s has a reputation for mouth-watering dishes made with local ingredients of the highest quality (some of which are grown here in our gardens!)

Enjoy your delicious dining experience on the museum grounds before a hands-on workshop learning how to grow your own mushrooms with our expert and knowledgeable museum gardens team. Find out more on the website, pre-sales end on Thursday 12th October, pre-booking essential...

#FungiExperience #VisitThanet #QuexGardens
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The mouthwatering menu from @angelas_of_margate which will be served to our guests as part of the ‘Fun with Fungi’ experience has been released! 

Tuck into local oyster mushroom & Wensleydale quiche with dressed garden salad of roots & leaves and pink fir apple potatoes. 
Followed by pearl barley ‘risotto’ of pumpkin & mushroom. 
And if that isn’t cosy and delicious enough, for dessert there’s hazelnut meringue with apple, pear & ginger. Irresistible! 

Our garden workshops are fantastically caterered for, offering a really unique experience and of course, all dietary requirements are catered for, providing we are told at the time of booking. 

Tickets for our event are still available but be quick- it’s on Saturday! Pre-booking essential - presales finish Thursday at 4pm! 

#visitkent #visitthanet #quexgardens #experiencesinkent #foodieexperiences

The mouthwatering menu from @angelas_of_margate which will be served to our guests as part of the ‘Fun with Fungi’ experience has been released!

Tuck into local oyster mushroom & Wensleydale quiche with dressed garden salad of roots & leaves and pink fir apple potatoes.
Followed by pearl barley ‘risotto’ of pumpkin & mushroom.
And if that isn’t cosy and delicious enough, for dessert there’s hazelnut meringue with apple, pear & ginger. Irresistible!

Our garden workshops are fantastically caterered for, offering a really unique experience and of course, all dietary requirements are catered for, providing we are told at the time of booking.

Tickets for our event are still available but be quick- it’s on Saturday! Pre-booking essential - presales finish Thursday at 4pm!

#visitkent #visitthanet #quexgardens #experiencesinkent #foodieexperiences
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This weather has got us thinking about the changing seasons and snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a cosy evening read. 

Luckily, our museum shop is bursting with beautiful books just perfect to deliver this snuggly seasonal set up! 

Why not pop in for a browse on one of our 'Nocturnal' weekends in October? With seasonal trails, night vision experiences and owl displays you can entertain the family during half term, stock up on themed books and step into the season! 

Join us 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th October between 11 am – 3 pm

#Learning 
#powellcottonmuseum 
#PowellCottonMuseum 
#VisitKent 
#visitthanet 
#Reimaginingthemuseum 
#autumnalreads 
#seasonalbooks
#autumn
#cosy

This weather has got us thinking about the changing seasons and snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a cosy evening read.

Luckily, our museum shop is bursting with beautiful books just perfect to deliver this snuggly seasonal set up!

Why not pop in for a browse on one of our `Nocturnal` weekends in October? With seasonal trails, night vision experiences and owl displays you can entertain the family during half term, stock up on themed books and step into the season!

Join us 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th October between 11 am – 3 pm

#Learning
#powellcottonmuseum
#PowellCottonMuseum
#VisitKent
#visitthanet
#Reimaginingthemuseum
#autumnalreads
#seasonalbooks
#autumn
#cosy
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With beautiful weather forecast for this coming weekend, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than a wander in our simply stunning gardens as they're bathed in the gloriously golden Autumn sunshine? 

#PowellCottonMuseum #QuexGardens #quexhouse #VisitKent #visitthanet #thingstodokentkids #kentmuseums #autumn #autumngardens #autumndays

With beautiful weather forecast for this coming weekend, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than a wander in our simply stunning gardens as they`re bathed in the gloriously golden Autumn sunshine? 

#PowellCottonMuseum #QuexGardens #quexhouse #VisitKent #visitthanet #thingstodokentkids #kentmuseums #autumn #autumngardens #autumndays
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Twit Twoo! 

We're celebrating all things Owl this month with our Nocturnal Events in October Half Term.

Join us for Owl Displays from @wide_eyes_falconry_cic , our Big Hoot Owl Trail and a Nocturnal Night Vision experience - and not forgetting our adorable cuddly gifts.

Join us on either 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th October between 11 am – 3 pm for these amazing Autumnal activities!

#owldisplaykent 
#falconrykent
#PowellCottonMuseum
#VisitKent
#visitthanet 
#powellcottonmuseum
#Reimaginingthemuseum

Twit Twoo!

We`re celebrating all things Owl this month with our Nocturnal Events in October Half Term.

Join us for Owl Displays from @wide_eyes_falconry_cic , our Big Hoot Owl Trail and a Nocturnal Night Vision experience - and not forgetting our adorable cuddly gifts.

Join us on either 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th October between 11 am – 3 pm for these amazing Autumnal activities!

#owldisplaykent
#falconrykent
#PowellCottonMuseum
#VisitKent
#visitthanet
#powellcottonmuseum
#Reimaginingthemuseum
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Throughout September, we have a series of talks and tours as part of exciting #HeritageMonth activities taking you #BehindTheScenes of the Museum to celebrate both our past and our present. 

Check out the list of what is on offer below...

Behind the Scenes: Treasures of the Libraries - TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Join our Archivist, Hazel as she takes you on a journey of the most treasured books in our collections spanning generations of the Powell and Cotton family and relatives

Special Interest - Researching the Kashmir Diorama - FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Join Fenja Schultz BSc to explore the methods we use to reconstruct the history of our collection. Uncover the routes Percy Powell-Cotton and his expedition team took through Kashmir and find out what it took to create our very first diorama.

Hidden Histories: VAD Hospital 1914-1919 - WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
The VAD hospital treated over 1600 patients from Belgium, Britain, Canada and Australia. In this fascinating talk, hear how local people volunteered to help care for the men and learn some of the surprising activities that they enjoyed.

Behind the Scenes: Archives - TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 
Join Hazel, our Archivist, as she shares a special selection of correspondence, photographs, field notes and other unique documents along with her unique and expert insight. 

Hidden Histories: An illustrated talk on the Heritage of Minnis Bay, formerly Gore End - THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
During this fascinating talk, you will discover how the community of Minnis Bay, formerly Gore End, was affected by the tide, storm, and erosion of the cliffs over 3000 years ago.

For more information, prices and booking, head to the website. 

#Learning #PowellCottonMuseum #VisitKent #VisitThanet #ReimaginingTheMuseum #thingstodokent #heritageopendays #heritagemonth

Throughout September, we have a series of talks and tours as part of exciting #HeritageMonth activities taking you #BehindTheScenes of the Museum to celebrate both our past and our present.

Check out the list of what is on offer below...

Behind the Scenes: Treasures of the Libraries - TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Join our Archivist, Hazel as she takes you on a journey of the most treasured books in our collections spanning generations of the Powell and Cotton family and relatives

Special Interest - Researching the Kashmir Diorama - FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Join Fenja Schultz BSc to explore the methods we use to reconstruct the history of our collection. Uncover the routes Percy Powell-Cotton and his expedition team took through Kashmir and find out what it took to create our very first diorama.

Hidden Histories: VAD Hospital 1914-1919 - WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
The VAD hospital treated over 1600 patients from Belgium, Britain, Canada and Australia. In this fascinating talk, hear how local people volunteered to help care for the men and learn some of the surprising activities that they enjoyed.

Behind the Scenes: Archives - TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Join Hazel, our Archivist, as she shares a special selection of correspondence, photographs, field notes and other unique documents along with her unique and expert insight.

Hidden Histories: An illustrated talk on the Heritage of Minnis Bay, formerly Gore End - THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
During this fascinating talk, you will discover how the community of Minnis Bay, formerly Gore End, was affected by the tide, storm, and erosion of the cliffs over 3000 years ago.

For more information, prices and booking, head to the website.

#Learning #PowellCottonMuseum #VisitKent #VisitThanet #ReimaginingTheMuseum #thingstodokent #heritageopendays #heritagemonth
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