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Vacancies


Wells Cathedral is not just a building, but a thriving community of clergy, staff, and volunteers. Together they work to support the Cathedral’s mission, care for its fabric, and provide welcome and hospitality for all who enter through its doors.

 

Current Vacancies are listed below, and further details about each role can be found in the accompanying Information Packs. If you think you have the skills and experience outlined, please do apply; we would love to hear from you.

 

Contact details for relevant members of the Cathedral team can be found in the Information Packs, should you have any further queries. Wells Cathedral’s Job Applicant Privacy Notice can be downloaded here.

Temporary Librarian

Wells Cathedral is seeking a temporary Librarian to carry out the ongoing work of the Library, managing and conserving the beautiful collections in the Chained Library and Reading Room, and bringing this wonderful resource to a wide audience.

This is a temporary post with initial 9-month contract in the short-term to support the Bubwith 600 celebration symposium at the end of October 2024.

Location: Wells Cathedral Offices, BA5 2UE
Closing date: Thursday 18 July 2024, 12.00 noon
Interview date: Monday 29 July 2024

Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Tenor Choral Scholar

Fixed-term; September 2024–July 2025

Wells Cathedral is looking for a Tenor Choral Scholar to start in September 2024. The aim of our Choral Scholarship programme is to provide experience and training in a professional choir, in preparation for going onto further study or to enter the singing profession.  If you are looking for an opportunity to sing as part of a renowned Cathedral Choir, Wells may be the place for you. This is a paid internship with housing in the beautiful medieval Vicars’ Close, with extra fees payable, and funding for singing lessons.

Applications are welcomed from experienced gap-year students or graduates. More information can be found in the Information Pack below, including a full job description, person specification, and details about how to apply for the role.

Closing Date: Thursday 11 July 2024, 12.00 midnight
Shortlisting Date: Friday 12 July 2024
Interview Date: w/c Monday 15 July 2024

Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Chair of Finance Committee and Chapter Member

Wells Cathedral Chapter is seeking a colleague as Chapter Member and Chair of the Finance Committee to join them and the wider team in developing the Cathedral’s life as a place of worship and service, a heritage site of remarkable beauty, and a globally recognised destination for pilgrims and visitors.

Location: Wells Cathedral Offices, BA5 2UE
Closing date: Monday 10 June, 9.00 a.m.

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Team Member — The Loft Café

Parti-time; permanent — temporary positions available.
£11.44 per hour

Are you passionate about delivering exceptional service in a historic and welcoming environment? The Loft Café at Wells Cathedral is seeking a vibrant and customer-focused team member to join us in creating memorable experiences for our visitors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging with customers warmly, providing outstanding service with a smile
  • Serving a variety of hot and cold drinks, light lunches and afternoon teas
  • Maintaining a clean and inviting café environment
  • Collaborating with team members to ensure smooth operations during peak hours
  • Contributing to a positive and energetic atmosphere for both customers and colleagues

Team members can enjoy a Wells Cathedral Card including a 10% discount on purchases in the Cathedral Shop and The Loft Café.

To apply, please complete a Cathedral Application Form and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and return them by email to recruitment@wellscathedral.org.uk or in person at The Loft Café.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Deputy Vicars Choral

Open Applications
Wells Cathedral Choir is seeking Altos (male or female), Tenors, and Basses to join its list of deputies. Are you an experience choral singer with good sight-reading skills, who would enjoy singing in a world-renowned choir on an ad-hoc basis, we would be delighted to hear from you. Addition to the dep-list is via a short, informal audition, and is subject to an enhanced DBS check. Please email musicoffice@wellscathedral.org.uk for more information, or to arrange an audition. (Applicants must be aged 18 or over)

Choristers

We are always pleased to hear from parents of boys and girls in current school years 3 and 4 who are interested in the prospect of becoming a Chorister.

Choristers receive a world class musical education singing in one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England. All Choristers are educated at Wells Cathedral School, for which scholarships and additional bursaries are available to assist with fees.

In the first instance, potential Choristers do not need any sophisticated musical training, but a clear voice with good high notes and a good musical ear. For more information and to arrange an informal audition, please telephone 01749 834213 or e-mail admissions@wells-cathedral-school.com.

“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.

 

Voluntary Roles

Stewards, Service & Concert

Stewards help at services and concerts by giving a warm welcome, directing people to seats and, if needed, tidying and straightening the Cathedral afterwards. In the event of an emergency, directing the audience/congregation to safety in a calm and efficient manner is essential.

Volunteer Cathedral Welcomers and Nave Welcomers

We are currently recruiting for Cathedral Welcomers. Roles are voluntary and can be a one or two hour commitment.
Welcomers provide a warm, friendly, and sensitive welcome to all who enter Wells Cathedral.
The role can include handing over an appropriate welcome leaflet, notifying visitors of guided tours, and generally helping with directions.
Skills required:

  • Friendly and enjoy engaging with the public
  • Able to follow instruction
  • Happy to work alone or in a team.

Enquiries to: Volunteer Department, Wells Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE
Telephone: 01749 832217
Email: volunteers@wellscathedral.org.uk

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