Current vacancies at Wells Cathedral

  • Cathedral Administrator
  • Café Assistants
  • Carpenter/Joiner

Cathedral Administrator

Permanent, full time

£51,093 per annum with accommodation provided

Situated on the edge of the Mendip Hills in the County of Somerset, Wells is one of England’s most beautiful and compact cities, built around the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  Wells Cathedral has an enviable reputation for its lovingly maintained Gothic architecture, its world class music, and its Ministry of Welcome to some 250,000 visitors each year, as well as around 150,000 people who come to the Cathedral for services, concerts and lectures.

The Cathedral Administrator plays an important role in the life of the Cathedral as the senior administrative and financial officer of the Cathedral, charged with advising the Chapter, coordinating operations, and being one of our leading ambassadors in the city and county.  They will be a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, attending meetings of Chapter and its associated committees, and being expected to play a major role in the formulation and implementation of the strategy of the Cathedral, and in determining its future direction.

This is a superb opportunity to join Wells Cathedral as we embark on a new and exciting period of development.  In return we are offering an attractive remuneration package which includes accommodation in an attractive house in the world famous Vicars’ Close.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be educated to degree level or with equivalent experience
  • Have a proven track record at senior management level
  • Have experience of coordinating multi-disciplinary teams
  • Have the vision and capacity to support other areas of work not in their specialism
  • Have demonstrable ability to contribute creatively to strategic planning
  • Have a solid financial understanding with experience of managing budgets
  • Have experience in business development
  • Have strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Act as an ambassador of the Cathedral in the wider community

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the holder of this post is a practising Christian of a denomination which is a member of Churches Together in England.  The post will require an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

To Apply:

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

Click on the following links to download copies of our Application PackApplication Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form .

Closing Date: Friday 14 July 2017 by midday

Interviews: Wednesday 26 July 2017

Café Assistants

Wells Cathedral is looking for Cafe Assistants to join our busy team, undertaking a variety of tasks whilst delivering excellent customer service.

  • 1 x 26 hours per week, working Monday to Friday
  • 1 x 19 hours per week, working Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • 1 x 15 hours per week, working Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Competitive Packages.

You will be a reliable, self-starter, able to work effectively as part of a busy team. You will have good organisational skills, able to handle busy service periods and should be able to anticipate problems before they occur.

To Apply:

If you are interested in the role, please send your CV to Human Resources via or care of Diocesan Offices, the Old Deanery, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UG

Copies of our Application Pack can be found here.


Permanent. Full Time

£20,459 per annum

Wells Cathedral is seeking a Carpenter/Joiner to join the Works Department.

Wells Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, originally dating from the 1180’s but having been extended and modified through the centuries. As well as maintaining the Fabric of the Gothic cathedral building, the Chapter (the principal governing body) has responsibility for an Estate including Vicars’ Close, the Dean’s Lodging and the modern houses currently occupied by four Canons. The majority of the work on the Cathedral Fabric and Estate properties is undertaken by an in-house Works Department (‘Yard’) maintenance team under the leadership of the Clerk of the Works.

As part of the Yard team, you will work with colleagues or on your own to provide reactive and planned maintenance services, as required throughout the Fabric and Estate to ensure the operational continuity of the Cathedral. As the team Carpenter, you will undertake the carpentry and joinery works necessary to maintain and repair all aspects of the Fabric and Estate, taking instructions from and reporting to the Clerk of the Works. You will be a suitably qualified or experienced trade practitioner, ideally with some experience of working on historic Listed buildings.

To Apply:

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

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

Closing Date:  Wednesday 19th July 2017

Interviews: Wednesday 26th July 2017

Unique opportunity for boys to train as choristers at Wells Cathedral!

The internationally renowned Wells Cathedral Choir is looking for boys in current school years 3 and 4 to become choristers from September 2017.

The choir has a long, impressive history, having been formed over 1,100 years ago before the current medieval Cathedral was built! Boy choristers have sung at Wells since 909, with the girls’ choir being introduced relatively recently in only 1994.

In 2011 the choir an international jury from Gramophone Magazine voted Wells Cathedral Choir the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall.

The choir’s principal and most important responsibility is singing the services at the Cathedral. All choristers are educated at Wells Cathedral School, for which scholarships and additional bursaries are available to assist with fees. Wells Cathedral School is one of the oldest schools in Europe, having been formed in 909 as a school for the Cathedral’s boy choristers. It is now one of the finest specialist musical schools in the country, and provides a first class academic education within its beautiful historic backdrop.

For more information and to arrange an informal audition, please telephone 01749 834213 or e-mail


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Volunteer Chaplains Needed!

Do you like meeting and helping new people? Could you offer one or two days a month?

Our Duty Chaplains, Licenced Readers and ordained members of the clergy are available to Cathedral visitors for pastoral counselling or conversation.  They conduct short prayers at the clock on the hour and, if ordained, celebrate Holy Communion at 12.25pm on Tuesdays.

Duties are between 10am to 4pm on a rota basis throughout the Visitor Season (currently March-October) and a lunch voucher is provided.

If you would like to join the Wells Cathedral team of volunteers, we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information please contact the Cathedral’s Volunteer Coordinator on 01749 674483 or email us at

Training and support is given. We look forward to hearing from you!


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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 2017. We will be holding pre-auditions in November and December 2016 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

“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, by telephone on 01749 674483 or by post to Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE.

Training and support is given.