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Current Job Vacancies and Opportunities to Work or Volunteer with Us

“Working for the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is a great big adventure; the possibilities are as big as your imagination and every day is challenging, creative, inspiring and fun” 
Catherine – Marketing



June 2018

A fantastic opportunity has opened up for an enthusiastic entrepreneur to develop and manage the café at the new Moat Brae Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Dumfries opening in early 2019.

Housed in the fabulous extension of the beautiful Walter Newall designed Georgian House, the café and kitchen will be fully kitted out to provide a 40-cover refreshment offer for venue and walk-in visitors.

It is expected that the Centre will attract 45,000 visitors in the first year and includes catering opportunities for a range of spaces, including meeting and conference facilities alongside historic room settings.

We would ideally like to work in partnership with someone who can capture the playful and imaginative atmosphere of Moat Brae to deliver a unique and high-quality visitor experience.

Interested and have catering experience?  Please contact Centre Director Sue Hughes on 01387 255549 or Email Sue for an informal chat.

COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY – Signature Carnival Puppet Artist/Designer

Open from: 8th May 2018
Closing Date: 12 noon 29th May 2018

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is seeking an artist, or group of artists, who specialise in creating large signature puppets for carnival events to work at this year’s Youth Beatz Festival in Dumfries.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT) would like to commission an artist, or group of artists, to design and create spectacular, crocodile-themed ‘signature puppet pieces’ during an open demonstration at this year’s Youth Beatz Festival in Dumfries, engaging with local young people during their creation.

Youth Beatz Festival 2018 is due to take place over two days on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. The Festival is one of the Signature Events during Scotland’s Year of Young People and is expected to attract 40,000 young people over the two days.

The demonstration will take place in the large PPMBT big-top tent and will give young people the opportunity to engage with a professional artist creating the signature pieces over the two days. The PPMBT team will deliver related hands-on art activities for the public separate to this commission, but we would anticipate that the artist will interact with young people over the weekend to explore the creative process.

Artists will be working on the pieces from 12:30 to 18:30 each day. This is a stand-alone event, but there may be opportunities for follow up activities in the month’s leading up to the Moat Brae’s CrocRock Carnival in Dumfries on Sunday 2nd December 2018.

This is a paid commission. Individuals and groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest with an outline/sketch of initial idea. Brief will be available upon application.

Location: Dumfries and Galloway

For further information, please contact John Molloy

The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 12:00.



Open from: 3rd November 2017
Closing Date: 5pm, Wednesday 22 November 2017

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced catering operators to provide a visitor and events catering service at the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Moat Brae House, Dumfries.

The Trust is keen to engage with a catering partner who is passionate in supporting a local and sustainable food offer and who will develop and deliver a high quality and innovative catering service at the visitor café and for a variety of event types within the house and grounds.

The building project will complete towards the end of 2018 and the catering contract is anticipated to be awarded during spring 2018.

The contract will be for a three-year period, with the option to extend for a further two years by agreement.
The café and event catering operation at Moat Brae will support the commercial objectives of the Trust and, as such, a financial return to the Trust will be negotiated as part of the contract.

To note interest and receive details of the selection process, please click here to email our consultant, Sandra Reid at Fare Consulting:
The deadline for the submission of applications to be considered for inclusion in the tender process is 5pm on Wednesday 22 November 2017.


Open from: 5th October 2017
Closing Date: 12 noon, 3rd November 2017

Location: 92 Irish Street, Dumfries (pending the Centre opening, then at Moat Brae, 101 George Street, Dumfries)
Responsible to: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT) Board of Directors
Salary: £36,000 / annum
Type: The post is permanent and full-time, subject to a 3-month probationary period
Closing Date: 12 noon, 3rd November 2017

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is seeking a Director to lead the day-to-day and longer-term operations of an international visitor attraction.  The successful candidate will initially support the transition from the current project phase to the opening of the new Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at the end of 2018.

We are looking for a proven leader who will take us on the next stage of our exciting journey,  building the Trust’s capability to deliver its vision and strategy, ensuring the visitor experience is of the highest standard, its finances are well-managed and achieve sustainability, the creative and educational offer is of a high quality and well-promoted, and developing exceptional relationships for the Centre locally, nationally and internationally to assure its long-term future.

This is a challenging but nationally significant post.  The successful candidate will be someone who is adaptable, resilient and able to manage complexity but also brave, determined and able to make decisions.   They will be level headed in difficult situations, have a creative approach to problem solving and be enthusiastic and motivating.

The post is permanent and full-time, subject to a 3-month probationary period.

For further details, please click to see the Job Description/Person Specification – Centre Director .  Interested candidates may also phone Cathy Agnew or Iain Wilson on 01387 255549 if they wish to discuss the position.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, making clear your suitability for the post, by email to Iain Wilson by 12 noon on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a first interview on Tuesday 14 November and a second interview (as appropriate) on Wednesday 22 November.  We expect to fill the post by January 2018.

Creative Learning and Engagement Officer (Communities)

Open from: 26th May 2017
Closing Date: 12th June 2017

Location             Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway
Salary/Fee          £24,000 / annum pro rata (depending on experience)
Type                    Part-Time, 21 hours per week, worked over 3-4 days to Sep 2020
Closing Date      12 noon, Monday 12th June 2017

Please click here to see the Job Description for more information.

Job Purpose    To develop and implement the Trust’s plans for creative learning and community engagement activities and to evaluate the outcomes

Key Responsibilities The post holder will be responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and coordinating delivery of a range of creative educational initiatives as part of the Trust’s plans for a programme of learning and community engagement at the proposed Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling.  The programme will be based on the Trust’s Activity and Learning Plan agreed with the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its Round 2 Heritage Grant.

The programme will be undertaken in association with a range of community partners and stakeholders including local schools, local youth projects, health projects, other local charities and cultural organisations, local residents and volunteers.

The postholder will be responsible to the Trust’s Project Director for line management purposes but as part of our Creative Learning and Engagement team, will be required to work closely with the Marketing and Events Manager and the Creative Learning and Engagement Officer (Schools), trustees and other committee members with a specific remit for learning and engagement, as appropriate.  In due course, the postholder will also be expected to liaise and work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator once that post is filled.

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter summarising your suitability for this post by email to  Iain Wilson, Trust Administrator (phone 01387 255549 if you have any questions or to discuss the post further).

Interviews will be on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at the Trust’s offices in Dumfries.

Invitation to Tender

Open from: 29th June 2016
Closing date: 27th July 2016 (for expressions of interest)

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is delighted to announce that it has begun the process to appoint a contractor for the redevelopment and conservation of Moat Brae House and Garden.   With the help of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland (RIAS), expressions of interest are now being invited from contractors with the appropriate capacity, resources, skills and experience to help us deliver a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries.  For more information click here to visit the Scottish Government’s procurement website, Public Contracts Scotland.

Admin Assistant

Open From: 1st March 2016
Closing Date: 21st March 2016
Interviews: 7th April 2016

Want to be part of the team that’s creating an enchanted land of children’s stories at Moat Brae?

We are looking for someone with great organisation skills who can help to keep everything running smoothly in our busy office.

Want to know more?  Click here for the full job description: PPMBT Admin Assistant Job Description

Questions? Call Iain Wilson on 01387 255549

Apply by submitting your CV and a covering letter that shows us your relevant skills and experience

Applications by Monday 21st March at noon by email

Creative Learning and Engagement Officer

Open from: 10th February 2016
Closing Date: 29th February 2016

Do you have what it takes to inspire and drive forward our education programme as we enter the next exciting chapter in the development of Moat Brae?

We are looking for someone fabulous to develop, implement and evaluate a range of educational initiatives as part of the Trust’s plans for a programme of learning and community engagement at the new Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in the enchanted land – where Peter Pan Began.

Want to know more?  CLEO Job Description Feb 16.

Questions? Call Iain Wilson on 01387 255549

Applications by Monday 29th February at noon by email

Interviews on Tuesday 8th March 2016


Garden features and artist opportunities

Open from: 3rd November 2015
Closing Date: 23rd November 2015

We are looking for the creative input of an artist or artists either through design and specification or complete design and fabrication of features in the enchanted Neverland Discovery Garden at Moat Brae which is due to open in 2018.  Could you bring something special to our design team?

Do any of these features inspire you?

* Fairy-dust gateway – entry to Neverland
* Fairy bower,
* The Wendy house for small children
* Mermaids’ lagoon.
* The crocodile.
* Nana’s kennel.

Want to know more? See the full Design Brief here

Expressions of interest

Artists are invited to submit statements of interest supported by a brief CV and illustrated examples of their work, with costs, that they consider relevant to the Neverland theme for features and the design principles set out in the full brief. Artists may wish to state their interest in named individual features as listed above or others shown in the full Design Brief. Artists are asked to submit their preferred basis for fees (eg. fixed fee with quotation or percentage of the cost of each feature, or other basis).


Submissions should be received by the Trust by email or post
by noon on Monday 23rd November 2015.

Iain Wilson
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
92 Irish Street

For any queries about the project and submission, please contact Iain Wilson, Trust Administrator, phone 01387 255549, email.

Artists wishing to visit the garden should contact Iain Wilson regarding access; the garden is normally locked.

Volunteering Opportunity

Posted: 3rd November 2015

Can you offer your skills and time to help us transcribe a series of interviews for our oral histories project? This is a one-off volunteering opportunity and you can take on a finite amount of work to suit you.

We have been interviewing people with a connection to Moat Brae and they have told us their stories of working at the house when it was a nursing home, or their reminiscences of it as a significant place in their childhood.

Some of our interviewers have been able to transcribe the stories themselves but others could benefit from a little help and some typing skills!

This project is run in collaboration with European Ethnological Research Centre at Edinburgh University and the resulting stories will be included in publications, events and an archive.

If you think you may be able to help please get in touch and we can tell you more about what’s involved.

Please email  giving your name, email and phone number and a brief description of your typing experience and we’ll be in touch soon.