Volunteering at Museum Victoria

Volunteers are a very important part of Museum Victoria. Our volunteers are committed and enthusiastic people who work alongside our paid staff at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum. Volunteers contribute significantly to enhancing the experiences we can offer our visitors.

Museum Victoria volunteers help to deliver a fantastic range of exciting and memorable public programs as well as assisting curators and collection staff behind the scenes.

Why volunteer?

People choose to become Museum Victoria volunteers for a number of reasons, including:

  • Sharing their talents with museum visitors and staff
  • Helping preserve and promote Victoria's cultural and natural heritage
  • Gaining experience for a future career in museums or another relevant area
  • Pursuing a specific interest in an area of the Museum Victoria's research and collections
  • Developing new skills
  • Experiencing new things
  • Meeting interesting people

Who volunteers?

Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and are aged between 17 and 100. They include students, retirees, full-time and part-time workers, parents and job seekers. For over 100 years the volunteer program has encouraged a wide range of people to participate in Museum Victoria activities. Everyone has something to offer.

How to become a volunteer?

There are four steps to becoming a Museum Victoria volunteer:

1 Contact us

Enquiries via email are accepted at any time throughout the year. Our intake cycles are run four times per year (subject to availability).

2 Information session

After expressing interest, a limited number of potential volunteers will be invited to an information session. This is an overview of the volunteer program and its place within Museum Victoria. Application forms are distributed and completed at this session. The session also includes an informal interview with a member of the volunteer program staff. Successful applicants will be informed within a week.

3 Induction Day

This session is the next stage for successful applicants. This session concentrates on preparing for work within the volunteer program and within a Museum Victoria venue. Topics covered include occupational health & safety and what to do on your first day. Induction manuals are also distributed and discussed.

4 Training

The training process consists of a series of compulsory training sessions spread over 3-4 weeks. These help to prepare new volunteers for the wide range of volunteer roles Museum Victoria has to offer. After joining the program we require that all volunteers contribute at least 6 hours in the corresponding school holiday period. We’ve found that this is a great way of getting to know Museum Victoria before making a decision to volunteer on an ongoing basis.

Note: Unfortunately not all applicants will be successful due to a limited number of vacancies available and an overwhelming interest in the Museum Victoria Volunteer Program.