Project Manager – Robert Burns Ellisland Farm

Job Title: Burns, Barns & Byres Project Manager
Salary: £32,000
Hours: Full time
Term: 6 month contract
Location: Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm, Holywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Closing date: 12:00 pm 27 November 2023

About the Role

To assist in the re-interpretation of Historic Agricultural Buildings at the Farm of the Poet Robert Burns through new exhibitions and events.

The Burns, Barns & Byres Project Manager is an exciting opportunity to help plan and develop a new intangible cultural heritage project at Robert Burns Ellisland Museum and Farm. 

This Post is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and The People’s Postcode Lottery.

Key Areas of Responsibility 

  • Line manage Burns, Barns & Byres Project Officer
  • Research, Design and Develop new interpretation boards 
  • Oversee the installation of new interpretation
  • Plan and Develop Skills workshop supported by Burns, Barns & Byres Project Officer
  • Manage the care of collections being redisplayed as part of new interpretations
  • Assist and Support the Burns, Barns & Byres Project Officer with the planning and running of Events.

About the Project

The Burns, Barns & Byres Project aims to highlight the agriculture and social history of Ellisland Farm. Having been a working farm with buildings on site since their construction by Robert Burns in 1788 Ellisland has served as a home for many agricultural families, labourers and museum staff. This project will look to reinterpret the agricultural items that we have in the collection to highlight the stories and skills associated with them. 

Our project will achieve this through a programme of heritage skills activities, a series of live concerts/events and re-display of agricultural equipment from the existing Ellisland collection. We plan for this to take place between December 2023 and May 2024. 

Person Specification


  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan, develop and deliver activities and projects. 
  • Experience working in a culture and/or heritage environment. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Ability to travel
  • Willingness to be flexible with working, which may include working weekends and evening work when required in accordance with the needs of the post and activities.


  • Knowledge and interest in agricultural history 
  • Experience curating interpretation 
  • Knowledge of Robert Burns his life and legacy
  • Knowledge and experience working with social media 

Please note

The job description is not exhaustive and amendments may be required to accommodate for changes in project planning and the charity’s requirements. However, any proposed changes would be reviewed by the trust prior to implementation. 

How to Apply 

Applicants should sent a copy of their CV and a Cover letter for the attention of Joan McAlpine Project Director at – 

When submitting CV’s applicants should submit files with their first initial and surname and include full contact details on their CV. 

If you have any questions about the role, please email 

Closing Date is Monday 27 November at 12 noon.