Current vacancies at Wells Cathedral


Salary: £16,382 per annum based on 40 hours a week

Wells Cathedral is seeking to appoint a full time Virger.  The successful applicant will be a committed Christian in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.  You will need to show evidence of:

  • Being a team player, but also being able to work on your own and using initiative when appropriate
  • An appreciation of Church worship

The Virger will be provided with a house in Vicars’ Close, Wells rent-free and is required to reside there in order to properly perform his/her duties.

To Apply:

Application forms, with a covering letter no more than one side of A4 describing what attracts you to this role, your experience and how it relates to the opportunities and challenges presented by this position, should be returned to Human Resources via [email protected] or care of Diocesan Offices, the Old Deanery, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UG

Copies of our Application Pack, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can be found here.

Closing Date:      9 September 2016 at midday

Interviews:         4 October 2016

Visitor Services Assistant

4 hours per week, normally Sundays

Salary: national minimum wage

We are recruiting for a Visitor Services Assistant to join our Retail & Visitor Services team working in both our retail outlets and visitor entry/donation desk.  You will be responsible for providing excellent customer service to visitors and acting as an ambassador for the Cathedral.

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

Copies of our Application Pack, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form can be found here.

Closing Date: 12pm on 2 September 2016

Vacancies for Countertenor, Tenor and Bass Choral Scholars

from September 2017

Free housing in the beautiful medieval Vicars’ Close, with a generous scholarship, extra fees package, and funding for singing lessons. Opportunities for work at Wells Cathedral School may be available.

Applications are welcome from experienced gap-year students or graduates.

Closing date: Wednesday 14  September

Auditions: October

Enquiries to: Mr Matthew Owens, Organist & Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral Music Office, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE

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:      2nd September 2016

Interviews: 19th September 2016


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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]

“one of the most impressive of today’s British cathedral choirs” in “world-class form” Gramophone Magazine

Click here for more information about Wells Cathedral choristers.

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.