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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 (chronologically by closing date), 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.

Virger

Full-time | £18,550 per annum + Accommodation or housing allowance provided
Wells Cathedral has an exciting opportunity for a Virger to join the team, working in in a varied role that is vital to the smooth running of the Cathedral.
Principle duties include:

The Virger may be provided with a house in Vicars’ Close, Wells rent-free or a housing allowance (if preferred), and within a 20 minute radius of Wells.
This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the holder be a committed Christian.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 27 May 2022
Interviews: w/c Monday 6 June 2022

Wells Cathedral School Chaplain

Part-time  | 12 hours per week + one Sunday service | Term time plus one week
Wells Cathedral School is  looking to appoint an exceptional Chaplain to provide spiritual and pastoral support. The School works in symbiosis with the Cathedral,  connected through history, governance and routine practice.
Applications are equally welcome from clergy ordained in the Anglican Communion or from lay people.
 
Click here for more information about the role.
 
Application Deadline: Tuesday 31 May 2022
Interviews: Thursday 9 June 2022

Learning Officer

Part-time | 21 hours per week | £16,380 per annum (£27,300 FTE)
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 5.00pm on Monday 6 June 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 15 June 2022

Archivist and Records Manager

Part-time | 14 hours per week | £11,524 per annum (£28,810 FTE)
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 5.00pm on Monday 6 June 2022
Interviews: Thursday 16 June 2022

Bass Choral Scholar

Fixed Term | September 2022 to July 2023
Wells Cathedral is looking for a Bass Choral Scholar to start in September 2022. 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.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 17 June 2022
Please submit your application for this post as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed on a
rolling basis, with suitable candidates being invited to interview as applications are received

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator [NEW]

Part-time | 25 hours per week | £9.50 per hour (living wage)
Wells Cathedral is seeking an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator to assist in the recruitment, management, and organisation of the Cathedrals Volunteer group (currently 350). The successful candidate will have had experience coordinating projects and developing cross-sector links, alongside good organisational and communication skills.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 11.00am on Friday 17 June 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 13 July 2022

Heritage Maintenance Operative

Full-time | £21,741 per annum
The Works Department, or ‘Yard’ team, is a central function to maintaining the Cathedral buildings and the wide variety of activities within them. There is an opportunity for the successful applicant to join this team working on an important heritage estate with an interesting range of buildings, undertaking the practical application of multi-skilled traditional building trades and the delivery of the maintenance function crucial to ensuring the ongoing operations and future of the built fabric of the Cathedral.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 5.00pm on Friday 17 June 2022
Interviews: Monday 27 June 2022

Heritage Carpenter

Full-time | £26,741 per annum
Wells Cathedral is seeking a Heritage Carpenter to join the Works Department. 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.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: 5.00pm on Monday 20 June 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 29 June 2022

Schola Cantorum

Open Applications |  c.10 services per annum
Join a group of experienced professional and semi-professional sopranos who sing in Wells Cathedral alongside the Vicars Choral of the Cathedral Choir on an occasional basis throughout the year.
Email musicoffice@wellscathedral.org.uk to find out more or arrange an audition. (Applicants must be aged 18 or over)

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)

Wells Cathedral Café Staff

Front-of-House Catering Assistant

Permanent |  4.5-35 hours per week
Wells Cathedral Catering have a number of opportunities for Front-of-House Catering Assistants to join the Cathedral Catering Services. You will work alongside the Catering team to provide an exceptional customer experience for visitors to the Cathedral Café.
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.
Information Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Deadline: N.A.

 

Choristers

The internationally renowned Wells Cathedral Choir is looking for boys and girls in current school years 3 and 4 to become Choristers from September 2022.
The Cathedral Choir has a long, impressive history, having been formed over 1,100 years ago before the current medieval Cathedral was built! 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. 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, and is now one of the finest specialist musical schools in the country and provides a first-class academic education within its beautiful historic backdrop.
The Choir is looking for alert and keen children with a love of music. In the first instance they 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.

Volunteer Cathedral Welcomers and Duty 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 Coordinator, Wells Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE
Telephone: 01749 832217 or 01749 674483 ext. 3001
Email: volunteers@wellscathedral.org.uk

Listen to our Music

Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.