Become a volunteer

Volunteers are vital in supporting Museum Victoria's vision. Over 500 people donate their time to engage with visitors in our museums and support our research and collections behind the scenes.

Two girls making a light-up card with a Scienceworks' staff member in Test Lab.
Two girls making a light-up card with a Scienceworks' volunteer in Test Lab.

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering with Museums Victoria provides a number of benefits.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Develop new skills and knowledge
  • Be part of a supportive team
  • Give something back to the community
  • Contribute to the visitor experience
  • Make professional connections
  • Gain experience in a relevant field
  • Help preserve and promote Victoria's cultural heritage

Who can volunteer?

Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and communities, have varied levels of skills and knowledge and a desire to further the goals of Museums Victoria. Aged 17 years and over, our volunteers include students, parents, job seekers and retirees to name a few.

See our frequently asked questions for more info.

What do volunteers do?

Museums Victoria has a rich history of engaging volunteers to help our organisation achieve its goals. Whether interacting directly with visitors or assisting with research and the collections, volunteers work alongside paid staff to enhance our visitor’s enjoyment and provide unique experiences across Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum.

Museums Victoria volunteers at work

Public Programs

Engaging with visitors in our museums, you will be working alongside our Museum staff to provide unique interactions. Whether helping visitors further understand and interpret our galleries, assisting families with themed activities or providing tactile interactions via our touch trolleys, our volunteers strive to enrich the visitor experience.

Some roles require a 6 month period in family activities to familiarise yourself with our Museums before you can undertake further training.

Events

An exciting calendar ranging from special Cultural and Community Festivals to ongoing weekend or evening events, volunteers are needed to assist with welcoming guests and answering general enquiries. Most of all, we want our visitors and you to enjoy the events. There is always something at one of our museums that needs support from enthusiastic volunteers.

A site Induction at each venue is required to undertake this role. 

Collections & Administration

Our Collections & Administration or ‘Behind the Scenes’ roles include assisting in basic administration tasks, such as cataloguing and data entry. Other roles are available assisting our staff in collection or curatorial areas and include research, restoration, cataloguing collection objects, object re-housing, transcribing data and digitisation projects.

These positions generally require experience in a relevant field, are limited and first made available to our existing pool of volunteers.

How do I become a volunteer?

All applications completed online are added to our database. Your details will be stored until our next recruitment cycle where you will be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session.

The Volunteer Information Session includes an overview of the volunteer program and its place within Museums Victoria. You will also have a short interview with a member of the volunteer program staff.

Successful applicants must attend a mandatory Induction Day and complete the requirements below in order to pass the appraisal process.

To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be 17 years of age or older
  • Agree to a National Police Check
  • Obtain a Victorian Working with Children Check
  • Commit to a minimum of one day per month
  • Sign an Agreement Form to commit to the values and policies of Museums Victoria

Volunteer recruitment

We are currently at capacity at Museums Victoria and will not be recruiting until further notice.

Please check back again in November 2017 for any updates.

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You may view your schedule, apply for shifts and update your volunteer profile online:

Got a question? See our frequently asked questions for more info or email us at volunteers@museum.vic.gov.au.

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