Freelance Panel Guide

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Applications by: 22 April 2022

The Education & Outreach Department of the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology are inviting applications from suitable candidates for inclusion on a panel of Freelance Guides and Facilitators. The Panel will assist the department in providing guided tours and workshops linked to the Museum’s exhibitions to family, adult and school audiences.

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology holds in its care 12,000 years of Ireland’s portable heritage and is responsible for the preservation and conservation of the portable heritage of the nation, and to provide public access to the national collections. The Museum offers a year-round programme of workshops, talks and tours for all ages and temporary exhibitions on archaeological themes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide participatory guided tours of exhibitions to family and adult audiences and to formal education groups (including primary, post primary, third level and further education groups)
  • Care of resources and teaching aids, such as facsimiles or handling objects used as part of the guided tours
  • Panel members may be required to assist in the set up and take down of a range of activities being run for the schools and public programme
  • Carry out general administrative work in relation to the delivery of tours, including tour reports to the Education & Outreach Department
  • Panel members can expect to be called on to deliver tours and workshops any time during the Museum opening hours during the week and at weekends
  • Panel members are also expected to be available for training days which will take place on a regular basis
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Education & Outreach Department as appropriate to the position

Skills, Experience and Knowledge

  • Excellent communication skills and be comfortable speaking to groups
  • Experience in working in the cultural sector
  • A demonstrable and sound knowledge of Irish Archaeology and History
  • Experience of leading formal or informal education sessions and experience of working with different audiences, for example young people
  • Good research, study and planning skills
  • Ability to work flexibly in an adaptive and varied role
  • Passion for delivering tours and engaging individuals with the nations portable heritage
  • Knowledge and understanding of Ireland’s cultural, heritage and educational sectors
  • A knowledge and understanding of museum learning and audience-centred programming
  • Good team working skills and wiliness to participate in professional development training
  • Attention to detail and the maintenance of high standards
  • Proven understanding of the diversity of access and inclusion needs
  • Digital literacy to ensure effective communication, scheduling and use of reporting systems

Conditions of Service

  • Guides will be issued with a schedule on a monthly and weekly basis via email and will be expected to confirm their availability within 24 hours of receipt of a request, which will be communicated via email
  • This is a freelance position and there is no commitment by the Museum to offer a minimum or maximum number of tours per week
  • Guides will be paid on a per tour/workshop basis
  • Guides will be expected to adhere to the Museum’s conduct and dress code
  • Guides will be expected to be an advocate for the museum, it’s roles, and the legislation relating to archaeology in Ireland
  • Applicants will need to undergo Garda Vetting in line with the Museum’s Child Protection Policy and statutory regulations
  • Applicants should also be available for freelance work through the Panel for a period of at least one year from recruitment
  • Position on the freelance panel will be reviewed for all members on an annual basis
  • Guides are expected to use scheduling software, digital communication, and digital reporting systems

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