Volunteers are a very important part of Museums 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.
Museums 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.
Please check individual venues for recruitment information.
People choose to become Museums 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 Museums Victoria's research and collections
- Developing new skills
- Experiencing new things
- Meeting interesting people
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 Museums Victoria activities. Everyone has something to offer.
How to become a volunteer?
There are four steps to becoming a Museums Victoria volunteer:
1 Express interest
You may contact the individual venues for more details. Please visit Volunteering at Melbourne Museum or Volunteering at Scienceworks for recruitment cycles. Our intake cycles are run four times per year (subject to vacancies & 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 Museums 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 Museums Victoria venue. Topics covered include occupational health & safety and what to do on your first day. Induction manuals are also distributed and discussed.
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 Museums 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 Museums 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 Museums Victoria Volunteer Program.