Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for the following opportunities:

Interpretation Curator
Full time

35 hours per week 5 days out of 7
£32,000 per annum

The Arboretum will undergo a major transformation from Summer 2015 through to Autumn 2016 when a much needed new visitor centre and facilities will be constructed. As part of this major development, the Arboretum is significantly developing its interpretation offer, including the development of an innovative permanent Remembrance exhibition and on site interpretation across the site.

Against this exciting backdrop, the Arboretum is looking for a successful and dynamic Interpretation Curator. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Provide oversight of the National Memorial Arboretum’s interpretation offer, advising on interpretation and display strategy
  • Coordinate the interpretation strategy with the design team, other external experts and the Arboretum's Management Team
  • Manage the display and interpretation of the permanent collection; including the conservation of the collection and archive; managing the interpretation; working with the project manager on the delivery of the development project to ensure that the values and objectives reflect the mission of the Arboretum and The Royal British Legion
  • Work with the Head of Heritage and Learning and Learning Officers to plan and manage a programme of activities which contribute to the status and income of the Arboretum and which develop awareness and understanding of this important site
  • Devise and implement policies for conservation, acquisition, interpretation and access.

The successful candidate must have significant experience in developing interpretation experiences within a heritage/museum environment together with proven curatorial experience to include the development of interpretation strategies and exhibition development.  Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential. 

Closing date: Friday 1st May 2015
First interviews will be held on 20th May 2015

Please apply online here

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date. CVs not accepted.


Head of Commercial
Full time

35 hours per week 5 days out of 7

£49,050 per annum

The National Memorial Arboretum is the national centre for year-round Remembrance - a vibrant, living landscape of reflection and inspiration. Located in Staffordshire, in grounds of 150 acres, the Arboretum is a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. The site includes the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, a lasting tribute to those in the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the service of their country. The centre is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities.

Due to the success of the centre visitor numbers have grown rapidly from 60,000 in 2006 to 300,000 in 2014 and over 200 events take place here every year. As a result of this success the site is being redeveloped to service this interest from the public as well as becoming a learning and exhibition centre.

This multi-million pound investment will double the size of the current visitor facilities and the appointee will be instrumental in the redevelopment of the expanded catering, retail, functions and events offering of the centre.

A unique and new opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and energetic manager to join the National Memorial Arboretum, in the new role of Head of Commercial Operations.

The successful candidate will develop and implement commercial strategies for catering, retail, events and functions with a view to helping build the long-term sustainability of the National Memorial Arboretum.

You will have a proven track record in profitable revenue growth in a catering and/or retail operation preferably in a heritage or leisure organisation with e xperience in leading commercial business plan development and implementation. Exposure to operating multifaceted outlets with variable trading patterns, organisation of large scale events as well as development of the customer proposition is preferable.

The successful candidate will have proven management experience with an ability to lead and motivate a large team whilst taking a hands-on approach to problem solving. Proven IT skills and effective communication skills both written and verbal are essential.

Please apply online here

Closing date: Friday 1st May 2015
First interviews will be held w/c 11th May 2015



Conceived as a living tribute to war-time generations of the twentieth century, and as a gift to their memory for future generations, planting began at the National Memorial Arboretum in 1997.

The project began with no money, no land and no staff. The original volunteers made the growth and development of the Arboretum possible and regular volunteers now number 225. Getting involved in all areas, the volunteers keep the Visitor Centre running, lead guided walks, help out with grounds maintenance and much more besides!

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