The Rubbish Collection Project Assistants

The Rubbish Collection
Science Museum, London

Temporary Jobs – 4 Project Assistants

Days and Hours:
Training day - either Friday 6th or Saturday 7th June
Practice days - Thursday 12th and Friday 13th June
and then
6 days on 2 days off on shift rotation
09:00-17:00 / 10:00-18:00 / 13:00-21:00
Monday 16th June – Tuesday 15th July inclusive

£75 per shift x 25 days total = £1,875

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington

Application Deadline:
Wednesday 23rd April by 18:00

Application Materials:
Covering Letter / CV (max 2 pages) / Letter of Recommendation or Reference from recent employer or tutor
emailed as a single PDF document to:

Those invited to interview will be notified by 30th April
Interviews will take place on 7th and 14th May

The Rubbish Collection is an arts project and part of the Science Museum Climate Changing programme of exhibitions and events. Artist Joshua Sofaer will use the Science Museum as a case study to explore what we throw away and make us think differently about what we call ‘rubbish’. In a two-part installation we will firstly invite visitors to help us in sorting and documenting all the rubbish produced by the Museum over 30 days. We will then trace the journey to recycling or disposal before bringing the rubbish back to the Museum in varying stages of processing to create an exhibition exposing the materials, value and beauty of ‘rubbish’.

Project Assistants will support Joshua Sofaer in the realisation of Phase 1 of the project; sorting and documenting the rubbish over a 30 day period, alongside Science Museum staff and volunteers. Project Assistants will be required to manage the archive during their shift, directing volunteers and assisting with collecting and moving the rubbish around the Museum and exhibition space, manual handling, unpacking bags of rubbish to document their contents, communicating the project to visitors and assisting them with the process of documenting the rubbish, setting up and cleaning down the space at the start and end of the day.

This is a unique experience for people interested in environmental issues, science or art to get the opportunity to work with the artist Joshua Sofaer in a unique and challenging arts project that highlights issues of waste and sustainability.

Training will be provided by the Science Museum for this position:
• Extensive Health and Safety Training
• Induction to the museum and project
• Manual Handling
• Science Communication
• Customer Service

About you:
• Interest in art, science, recycling and sustainability
• Good communication skills
• Team worker
• Team leader experience

• Awareness of health and safety issues and procedures

We will have to carry out DBS (formerly CRB) background checks on all employees.

For more information about The Rubbish Collection, visit:
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