Attendant, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

The Chester Beatty Library are seeking to appoint two temporary attendants on a fixed-term, temporary 6 month contract. Salary will be €26,009 (PPC); additional to this are regular rostered overtime payments. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, 18 March 2019.

Reports to: Senior Attendant & Facilities and Security Manager

Location: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92

The Chester Beatty

The Chester Beatty museum contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d'art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The collection is principally focused on the written word and its associated painted and printed images.

The museum, which welcomes over a quarter of a million visitors each year, is one of Ireland's national cultural institutions. It is a public charitable trust established under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and is governed by a Board of Trustees.
The Western treasures of the museum include some of the earliest sources on papyrus for the bible and a great library of Manichean texts; Armenian and Western European manuscripts from medieval, Renaissance and modern times; prints, early and fine books and bindings complete a remarkable conspectus of the arts of manuscript production and printing from many cultures and periods.

Chinese and Japanese painted scrolls and albums, woodblock prints, printed books and decorative arts are among the most important part of the museum's holdings. The Asian collections also contain material from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Mongolia, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Indonesia.

Over 6,000 individual items, mainly manuscripts and single-page paintings and calligraphies, make up the Islamic Collections. This includes more than 260 complete and fragmentary Qur'ans, some dating from the late eighth and ninth centuries and including the work of the leading calligraphers of the Islamic world.


Attendants are involved in maintaining security at the Chester Beatty and are the first point of contact between the public and the museum. The positions demand the highest standards of responsibility, integrity and courtesy.

1. To be responsible for the physical security of the collections located in the area under your control, especially when exhibited to the public. In particular to supervise the public when rostered for duty in the public exhibition galleries, at the reception desk or in the public reading rooms.

2. Proactively provide information to visitors about the museum's exhibitions, events, activities and services.

3. To engage in messenger and switchboard duties and to deal with routine queries from the public.

4. On completion of a period of familiarization, duties will include responding to fire and security alarm calls, including on call duty.

5. To operate equipment monitoring temperature and humidity levels.

6. To supervise outside contractors/ workers in the museum.

7. To perform light cleaning duties and routine maintenance, as required, and to ensure the museum premises are kept clean and in good order and carry out routine waste disposal duties.

8. To assist the Collections team in the mounting of exhibitions and internal movement of collections.

9. To provide support duties including post duties and assist in setting up areas for events and functions.

10. To carry out such additional appropriate duties as may be from time-to-time assigned to you by your Supervisors.


• Eligible to work in Ireland
• Experience of dealing with the public with proven strong visitor or customer service skills
• Security experience
• Ability to communicate effectively in English
• Good general standard of education
• Experience of working in a team
• Flexible and collegial approach to work

• Experience of working in a museum/ arts environment
• Knowledge of other languages, including the Irish language would be an advantage

• The post will be subject to satisfactory Garda clearance and a medical check.
• An official uniform will be provided and it is a condition of employment that the uniform will be worn while on duty.
• Attendants are required to work on a rostered basis which includes weekend working.


Applications will be accepted on the official application form only. CVs will not be accepted.

The Application Form can be requested by sending an email to with ‘Attendant 2019' in the subject line.

Closing date for all applications is 5pm on Monday, 18 March, 2019 and completed forms can be emailed to or sent by post to ‘Personnel Section, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92.

Applications will be screened and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

The Chester Beatty is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Canvassing will disqualify.

Please note: All data received relating to the application will be held in line with the Chester Beatty record retention policy.