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London, England
501 to 1000 employees
Non-profit Organisation
Museums, Zoos & Amusement Park
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The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications

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  • We had a royal visit this week, to say goodbye to Dippy the Dinoasaur:

    Duchess of Cambridge wishes Dippy good luck on his journey

    The visit follows last week's announcement of the eight UK-wide venues that will host Dippy from early 2018 to late 2020. The Duchess, who is Patron of the Museum, attended a tea party with 20 children from Oakington Manor Primary School in London.

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Natural History Museum (UK) – Why Work For Us?


The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.

We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.

We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

We live in a time of extraordinary technological and scientific discovery, while societies face formidable environmental challenges.

The Museum - with its vast collections and pioneering research programme - is powerfully placed to engage audiences with the science they need to know and the decisions we need to make about our future.   

The Museum’s purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world - its past, present and future. We aim to stimulate public debate about humanity's future and equip our audiences at every level with an understanding of science. We focus on three themes:

  • origins and evolution: the 4.5-billion-year history of our solar system, the Earth and life
  • diversity of life: today’s natural diversity among species, habitats and ecosystems
  • sustainable futures: the future of the natural systems that our society depends on

Our purpose has never been more important or urgent. Species and ecosystems are being destroyed faster than we can document them or understand their significance, placing resources that modern society relies upon under threat.

The Museum's Strategy to 2020 takes up these challenges, and outlines the four areas we will extend our impact in:

  • digital: using technology to create new, innovative ways for people to interact with our collection
  • national: creating networks throughout the UK to support science in schools and engage society with programmes like citizen science and Real World Science
  • international: developing global relationships to help tackle major scientific challenges and create new commercial opportunities
  • London: improving the Museum's grounds and galleries to enhance our visitors' experience

About 1,400 people, including 300 scientists and over 500 volunteers, work for the Museum in a variety of roles. Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to join us?

The Natural History Museum needs bright, talented people with diverse skills and experience to continue being a world-class scientific institution and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK.


Museum scientists are researching the solar system, Earth’s geology and life in novel ways, using the unique combination of their expertise, collections and cutting-edge techniques. 

Visit the Museum's online repository to access publications from our scientists. Content in the repository is accessible to all and showcases the Museum's broad research output.

Digital Museum
We are digitising 20 million specimens from our collections. All digital data is accessible through our new Data Portal. See more.

Origins, evolution and future
Studying our natural history specimens reveals the past, present and future of life, the solar system and Earth. See more.

We are creating molecular and digital tools to explore undiscovered biodiversity in megadiverse systems. See more.

We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements. See more.

Science, society and skills
We are developing citizen science and training activities to inspire the next generation. See more.

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    great place to work because of the work; adaptable and generally supportive employer; unique for researchers and natural history scientist; one of the foremost collections with generally excellent facilities


    central London location requires commuting in line with salaries/level; overall institutional funding model means low on the pecking chain for Government funding; as a research organisation it constantly needs to remind funders and public of the importance of its collections, science and outputs; a series of reduced budgets and pay freezes needs addressing

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    measure salaries appropriately across sectors - you strive to do this but important to remain ahead of the game; low salaries are difficult to justify for some areas requiring specialist expertise

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Natural History Museum (UK) Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Natural History Museum (UK) (London, England) in November 2017.


    Brief phone interview with agency and then an invitation to an assessment day. Group of about 20, asked to introduce ourselves to the person next to us and then relay what we learnt back to the group. Then split into groups and given an event to present and promote to the group.

    Interview Questions

    • Split into groups and sell us your event or membership.   Answer Question
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