Current vacancies at Wells Cathedral

Bass Vicar Choral

from September 2016

The Chapter of Wells Cathedral wishes to appoint an experienced singer as a Bass Vicar Choral from September 2016, or later, by negotiation. Please note that applications for this position must be received no later than 1700 on Friday 15 July 2016.

Applications are invited from experienced singers. Free housing in the beautiful medieval Vicars’ Close, with a competitive salary and fees package.

Enquiries to: Applications should be made, in writing, to the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Mr Matthew Owens, Wells Cathedral Music Office, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE.

Applications may also be sent to the following email address: [email protected]. Candidates should write a letter of application and provide a Curriculum Vitae together with the names, addresses, email contacts and telephone numbers of three persons who are prepared to give written support to the application should be enclosed. One should be a priest; the other two should be able to speak of your recent musical experience and ability.

You can also download copies of our Application Pack and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Telephone: 01749 674483

Email: [email protected]

Health & Safety Coordinator

Salary: £22,000 per annum

Full-time; initial fixed-term Contract for 6 months

Wells Cathedral is seeking a Health & Safety Coordinator to join the Works Department as soon as possible.

Wells Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, with the present building dating from the 1180’s and having been extended and modified through the centuries. Today the Cathedral remains a working ecclesiastical centre as well as being a heritage tourist attraction, to support this the organisation undertakes a diverse selection of activities across a variety of departments distributed across a large site in a range of office buildings and working environments. Organisational health & safety needs to reflect and accommodate this diversity.

Health and safety in the Cathedral is managed by the Clerk of the Works acting as Health & Safety Officer, reporting to the Cathedral Administrator (CEO). An audit of Health & Safety was conducted in 2015. Outcomes of the audit include an action plan and a framework for governance and management. Wells Cathedral now wish to appoint a Health & Safety Coordinator for a fixed-term period to enable the implementation of the action plan, also managing day to day issues as necessary.

As part of the Works Department and under the delegated authority of the Clerk of the Works, the Health & Safety Coordinator will manage health and safety in all departments and buildings of the Cathedral as a workplace and public visitor attraction, enabling delivery of improvements to safety governance and systems identified in the audit action plan and maintaining current health and safety policies and procedures in the interim.

To Apply:

Application forms should be returned to Human Resources, either by post care of Diocesan Offices, the Old Deanery, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UG or by email to [email protected]

You can also download copies of our Application Pack, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Closing Date:      12 noon, Friday 15th July 2016

Interviews:         1st August 2016

Kitchen Assistant

Hours and Salary:

5 hours per week – Sat, £7.80 per hour

Wells Cathedral is looking for a Kitchen Assistant to join our busy team producing a daily varied menu from excellent local fresh ingredients.

You will be a reliable self-starter, able to work effectively alone and as part of a busy team and have good organisational skills. Duties include assisting the management team in the preparation of cold food and ingredients, assistance with stock rotation and keeping the kitchen areas clean.

To Apply:

Application forms should be returned to Human Resources via [email protected] or care of Diocesan Offices, the Old Deanery, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UG.

You can also download copies of our Application Pack, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.


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Matthew Owens, Organist & Master of the Choristers, is always pleased to hear from parents of prospective choristers and we are particularly looking for children in current school years 3 to 5 to start in September 2016. We will be holding pre-auditions in November and December 2015 in advance of the main auditions in January.

Scholarships and additional bursaries for Wells Cathedral School, which all choristers attend, are available.

For more information, please telephone 01749 834213 or 01749 674483 or email [email protected]

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Volunteers Needed

Do you like helping and meeting new people?

Can you spare a couple of hours a week or month?

We have various roles available, but primarily volunteers are needed to greet, welcome and offer help to visitors to Wells Cathedral.


If you or a friend would like to join the Wells Cathedral team of volunteers, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information please contact our Volunteers Co-ordinator by email via [email protected], by telephone on 01749 674483 or by post to Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE.

Training and support is given.