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Exhibition Attendant – Come and work at the Helsinki Biennial this summer

Helsinki Biennial is looking for nearly 50 exhibition attendants. This is the first time that the Helsinki Biennial is being organised, and you have the unique opportunity to spend your summer surrounded by high quality contemporary art! Are you the person we are looking for?

The varied work of a biennial attendant includes customer service, tasks related to specific artwork sites, and communications. You will be stationed at various artwork sites and you will be independently responsible for the site. Your duties will include opening and closing works of art, guiding customers, and keeping your location tidy and safe. As this is the first time the Biennial is being organised, your work will require a development-oriented attitude and a willingness to throw yourself into something completely new. You will mainly be working outdoors and the nature of the work is physical: standing and walking in varying terrain. There will be two Biennial shops in Vallisaari, so if you have previous cashier experience, you will also be able to work at one of the shops. In addition to using a cash register, the work carried out at the shops will include cash reporting and balancing, as well as working at a customer service and information desk.

You may have a background in the arts, culture, tourism, customer service and commerce or education, or you may be a student of these fields. The most important thing is that you are inspired by the idea of being a part of the first Helsinki Biennial and that you want to give our visitors a rewarding and smooth Biennial experience!

We are looking for 48 exhibition attendants for the period from 8 June to 30 August 2020. Some attendants will also have the opportunity to continue working until 27 September. There will be an induction period before the start of employment. The induction will take place in May–June. It will last about a week and it will be compensated.

Interested? Great! Here’s a summary of what we are looking for:

– You have a suitable, at least upper secondary level education, qualification or relevant work experience.
– You are proactive and provide friendly customer service. You have good interaction skills. Even when you are very busy, you want to provide each customer with a great customer service experience.
– You are interested in art and culture.
– You work independently, flexibly and responsibly.
– You have basic IT skills.
– You can serve your customers fluently in both Finnish and English. Other language skills are considered an asset.
– First-aid skills and/or experience as a security steward or guard are also considered an asset.

Here’s the exhibition attendant’s job in a nutshell:

– Employment: 8 June–30 August, 2020 (plus one week of orientation and training before work begins)
– Weekly working hours: 31 hours/week or 23.25 hours/week, shifts between Mon-Sun.
– Some of the positions: 8 June–27 September, 2020, weekly working hours in September 38.75 h, working days Wed-Sun.
– Basic salary: EUR 1486.56/month (weekly working hours 31 hours) or EUR 1114.92/month (weekly working hours 23.25 hours). We will pay any salary supplements.

The application period ends on 31 January 2020, but we will start interviews during the application period and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable people are found.

The recruitment is done in cooperation with the workforce leasing company Seure. You can fill out a job application here. (Please note that the application form is in only in Finnish.)

The Biennial is produced and curated by the Helsinki Art Museum. You can read about HAM here.