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Science Engagement Officer

01 Sep 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Contract type: Freelance

    Located at: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Moodie Street, Dunfermline, Scotland, KY12 7PL

    Project timescale: October 2020 – 1 March 2021

    Invitation to Tender: The fee proposed for this project is in the region of £6,000-£8,000 (incl. VAT, personal expenses and travel). Please indicate the fee you would charge in your covering letter. The fee is not linked to days per week worked, but to deliverables achieved.


    Reporting: The Freelancer will report to the Museum Curator/Manager before and after each key stage of the project (as listed below)


    About us:

    The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is a small independent museum located in Dunfermline, Fife. The museum tells the story of Andrew Carnegie - the Scottish-born American steel magnate and philanthropist - and is comprised of two parts: the weaver’s cottage where Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835, and the adjoining exhibition hall commissioned in 1928 by his wife, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, ‘to inspire future generations to follow in his footsteps’. 


    The museum uses the life and legacy of Andrew Carnegie as a basis and inspiration for all of our activities, and demonstrates the impact of Carnegie’s philanthropy in the past and present. The aim of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is to inspire and encourage people of all ages, genders, cultural and economic backgrounds to thrive as individuals and follow the principles of good citizenship.

    As a temporary freelance Science Engagement Officer you will be developing, piloting and delivering activities connected to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, inspired by the museum’s collection and Andrew Carnegie’s wider contributions to science and industry.

    The museum is governed by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and has one full-time and two part-time permanent members of staff and four part-time seasonal staff.


    Aim of the work:

    The Museum is seeking an enthusiastic individual for the temporary freelance post of Science Engagement Officer to develop ways to engage family visitors and young learners with the museum’s science and industry themed collections (for example, damask linen weaving and Morse code); and to help make accessible some of the important phases in Andrew Carnegie’s life (such as his company’s contributions to engineering).

    The post-holder will be advised by the Museum Curator/Manager during the research stage, but is expected to work independently when developing, testing and delivering the events and activities.

    Depending on Scottish Government Guidelines around social distancing, some of the work output may have to be delivered online.

    This contract is offered on a self-employed basis and the contractor should take full responsibility for any tax and national insurance contributions relating to the fee.


    Project deliverables:

  • ·          Develop and deliver STEM-based family activities (for ages 5 -12), preferably for October school holidays or February 2021 school holidays if the start of the contract is delayed
  • ·          Develop and deliver a science-themed Christmas activity for families (run in late-November / early December) which can also be adapted and delivered for families with ASN (there will be support from the museum’s Visitor Services Officer for delivering the latter)
  • ·          Develop and pilot a STEM-based workshop for primary school groups in line with the Curriculum for Excellence. This workshop should be ready in its final format to be offered to primary schools in spring 2021
  • ·          Develop a science-themed in-gallery activity for families to engage with during their visit to the museum when the museum reopens in February 2021



·          Experience in developing science learning resources and activities

·          Experience in delivering learning workshops for children and young people under 15 years

·          Experience in developing and delivering workshops for primary school pupils


Desirable skills and competencies:

  • Educated to degree level in a science discipline
  • Driving license



Tendering procedure:

Please send:

  1. Your CV (including contact details of two referees for similar work)
  2. A brief cover letter (maximum 500 words) outlining your initial ideas and approach, and what experience you would bring to the post
  3. Two relevant examples of previous work



Ms. Kirke Kook

or post them to:
FAO Ms. Kirke Kook (Museum Curator/Manager), Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Moodie Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7PL



The deadline for submitting tenders is 13 September, 12 noon

Interviews will take place on 28 or 29 September

The contract will commence ASAP after that. Any offer of appointment will be conditional on confirmation of a satisfactory PVG Scheme record check.



If you have any questions about the post, please contact Ms. Kook.

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