Work at the Little Museum
The Little Museum is not so little anymore. If you want to join our dynamic and talented team, keep an eye on this page.
Here are some of the opportunities at present:
Exhibition designer/graphic designer
Full time - one year contract
The Little Museum of Dublin invites applications for the post of exhibition designer/graphic designer on a one-year contract. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented, disciplined, detail-focused individual to join a small and dynamic team.
This person will be responsible for the planning and designing of museum displays at the award-winning people’s museum of Dublin.
The position is two-fold – a graphic and exhibition designer. Graphic design tasks will include labels, illustrations and text panels for exhibits, that inform and educate museum visitors. Exhibit design tasks include exhibition layouts in a three-dimensional space, artefact cabinet layout and interactive displays that educate and entertain a multigenerational audience.
The position will involve liaising with administrative, curatorial, and exhibit staff members to determine theme/content, to discuss budget, promotion, and time limitations, to plan production schedule for fabrication and installation of exhibit components, and to design the exhibitions.
In this deadline driven position the ideal candidate will be able to prioritize and use sound time management skills. Requires ability to work on multiple projects at once. Also, works to support institutional graphic design requirements and production needs within the museum.
Essential duties and responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):
Develop interpretive graphics, including text panels, artifact citations, info-graphics and illustrations for exhibitions, as well as ongoing marketing materials including press advertisements, flyers, posters and outdoor signage
Work within exhibit team to craft exhibit graphics that support and illuminate the exhibit goals, content, and design intent.
Create typographic standards and layout for exhibit panels.
Administer production of graphics – work with vendors to secure bids for printing and/or custom sign fabrication, and supervise the production process. Oversee and direct contract designers/illustrators when needed.
Maintain quality controls on graphic production and exhibition installation.
As Exhibit Designer, produce presentation drawings and present these design proposals to the teams responsible for developing and approving new exhibits.
Must be adept at working on teams.
Support smaller design projects such as collaboration with marketing on exhibit identities, etc.
Essential skills and experience required:
Undergraduate degree in Graphic Design or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Minimum three years of professional experience in a graphic design role, with design of innovative, visitor-focused exhibits an advantage.
Meticulous attention to typographic detail
Expert user of Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well Microsoft Office / Google Suite.
Working knowledge of various production processes such as flatbed printing, vinyl, CNC, and knowledge of various substrate uses.
Ability to maintain budgets and keep to timelines
Proven ability to provide effective customer service for internal and external client groups.
Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills in order to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
To apply for this position, please send your CV and three samples of relevant recent work to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on August 18th
Community Employment Scheme – Museum Guide and Attendant
Please note: Applicants must be unemployed at least one year to be eligible for this role
Hours: 19.5 hours per week including one weekend day
Join us as a tour guide in the Little Museum of Dublin. You will work at the reception desk, greeting visitors, working a till and credit card machine, and providing information to visitors on the museum. You will also serve as a tour guide giving tours to groups on the hour. This requires you to memorize and present a script. You will also be asked to help with other tasks such as helping prepare for exhibitions or special events, cleaning the museum and staffing events. The ideal candidate is someone responsible and charming who loves acting and meeting people.
- Ability to interact with public in an engaging manner
- Ability to memorize and deliver a script
- Love of acting and history
- A passion for Dublin and its people
- Proficiency with a till/credit card machine
For more information please send your CV to Jesse by email: jesse [at] littlemuseum.ie
The museum offers student internships. They provide suitable candidates with an opportunity to gain valuable experience of working in a small, dynamic cultural organisation. Each internship lasts a minimum of 12 weeks. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from students who are available for less than 12 weeks.
At the moment we are looking for exceptional students of Tourism and Hospitality as well as History and Cultural Studies. Candidates must have fluent English. The majority of each intern's time is spent on the floor, greeting visitors to the museum and ensuring that the building runs smoothly.
To apply, please send your CV by email to: jesse [at] littlemuseum.ie
"Volunteering at the Little Museum has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I've done in years."– Andrea Carr, Cabra
Our volunteers have long memories and good stories. While working here can be tiring, and the building gets very busy, our volunteers usually love the experience. They are an integral and hugely popular part of the team here at the people’s museum of Dublin. Would you like to join us?
I love the Little Museum, but don’t know much about history - can I still apply?
Yes, the museum wants to involve a wide range of volunteers and develops opportunities to suit people with different levels of knowledge, interest, experience and availability. Opportunities are advertised on the website.
What are a volunteer’s duties?
Volunteers are a vital part of making the museum a friendly and welcoming place for all our visitors. Most of their time is spent engaging visitors in conversation about the exhibits, the museum, and Dublin in general, as well as answering any questions they may have. We ask for a commitment of one day a week, from 9.30 until 17.00, with an hour's break for lunch.
Is there an age restriction to volunteering?
The museum involves volunteers aged 18 upwards. There is no upper age limit.
What would I get in return for volunteering?
Volunteers are an integral part of the Little Museum family, giving Dublin the world-class city museum that it deserves. We try to ensure that everyone who volunteers enjoys their time at the museum. Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet new people, develop skills and experience, learn more about the history of Dublin and contribute to the ongoing dialogue which the museum inspires. Volunteers may also take advantage of a discount in the museum shop and Hatch and Sons Café.
Does volunteering lead to a job at the museum?
Volunteer roles are not created with a view to leading to paid employment at the museum. They are different from staff jobs and designed to support the museum’s work in different ways.
I’m looking for a school work experience placement - do you do these?
Work experience is different from volunteering. Currently the museum does not have the capacity to offer work experience placements, but may do so in the future.
I receive welfare benefits - can I still volunteer?
Yes, you may do some unpaid work as a volunteer and keep your social welfare payment. However, you must continue to meet all the conditions attached to your payment.
Can I talk to someone about volunteering at the museum?
Yes, for further information, or queries which are not answered on the website, please email email@example.com
"I’ve been working as a volunteer at the Little Museum of Dublin for the last two years and enjoy talking to visitors about my native city. I find that some want to know more about the city’s history and the best visitor experiences, but most want to hear about the stuff you don’t get in the history of guide books. They’ll want to know things like where Bruce Springsteen goes for a pint when he’s in town or where Bono hangs out. I think about what I’d want to learn and do if I visit a place I haven’t been to before, It could be a funny story about a famous figure, or a building or a park which has a particular significance but isn’t mentioned in the official guide, or where locals go to socialise. That’s the kind of thing I remember from my visits to other cities and that’s the kind of thing I like sharing with visitors to Dublin."- Ciarán Kinsella, Little Museum Volunteer