City of London, London




Up to £26208 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


0207 942 5898

Interim Digitiser

About Us

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

The Natural History Museum is recruiting for 2x Interim Digitisers:

* 1x full-time role on a fixed-term contract ending 31 March 2022

* 1x part-time role (28.8 hours per week) on a fixed-term contract ending 6 January 2022

The Interim Digitiser will be responsible for specimen digitisation in order to support the Digital Collections at NHM. You will work directly with the rest of the digitisation team, museum collections, curatorial teams, Data Management Team and Informatics Group to capture digital images of specimens and their associated data.

As a member of the Digital Collections, you will represent the museum in tours and official events. You will also get the opportunity to provide digitisation content for social media, including blogs and Twitter.

About you

You will have demonstrable experience in the field of natural sciences, or a strongly related discipline, and experience of collections digitisation, recuration or conservation projects.

The successful candidate will be able to follow complex instructions/workflows with demonstrable attention to detail. In addition, you will demonstrate manual dexterity for handling small and fragile collections objects.

Good working knowledge of collections metadata and collection management systems (or relevant transferable experience), and experience of cloud-based working with MS Office or Google Docs suite will be advantageous.

Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 3 March

Interviews expected: Monday 15 March and Monday 22 March

Please note, there will be two stages of assessment for this vacancy. The first stage will consist of an interview and data test which will be conducted virtually. Those candidates invited to the second stage of assessment will be required to undertake a manual handling test which will take place on-site at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.

Please specify your preference for the full-time or part-time role in your cover letter.

What we offer

* 5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
* Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
* Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
* Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit
* Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
* Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
* Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
* Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
* Eye care vouchers
* Professional development opportunities - We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential. We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.

How to apply

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome applications from everyone - diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of diverse backgrounds we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work. This is a remarkable place we look for staff who can work according to our values - we champion diversity, encourage creativity, we are connected, and we value evidence.

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