Volunteering & Career Opportunities

Volunteering at the Museum

The museum could not operate without the help of our valued volunteers. We currently have around 50 volunteers, who fulfil a number of roles, but we are always looking for more help. We are sorry that we cannot offer voluntary positions to under 16s or week-long work experience placements for students.

Learning & Activity Volunteers

Learning & Activity volunteers assist with preparing and running our popular holiday and half-term activities. This role is ideal for those with experience of working with children and families, at schools, clubs or activities. Because this role involves direct contact with children, a DBS check essential; this is arranged and paid for by Uttlesford District Council.

New volunteer Elspeth, being trained up by (from left to right) Wendy-Jo and June

Collections Volunteers

Collections volunteers help our curatorial staff behind-the-scenes at the museum. They carry out a variety of tasks, including:

  • helping us to document our collections onto our database
  • transcribing and recording information from early museum documents, such as accession registers
  • helping us to re-pack collections and move them between stores
  • photographing our collections

Welcome Desk volunteers

Our Welcome Desk is run entirely by dedicated volunteers. They provide a friendly welcome for visitors, sell tickets and merchandise, provide information about the museum, and direct enquiries to members of staff. They usually volunteer for a 2.5 hour shift, every day except Monday and Saturday.

Staff Vacancies

Any vacancies at the Museum will be advertised on the Uttlesford District Council’s website and also on the website of the Museums Association and the University of Leicester Museum Studies Department’s Jobs Desk website.


The museum has hosted aspiring museum professionals as interns. Internships usually last for 3 months and are based around discrete projects. We offer training and first-hand experience of curatorial tasks, assistance with job applications and interview skills, and an overview of working in a museum setting. Many of our interns go on to secure entry level jobs in the sector.

Future internship opportunities will be advertised on our website, the Museums Association website and the University of Leicester Museum Jobs Desk website.

For more information, on any of these opportunities to get involved in the Museum please contact us on 01799 510333 or email museum@uttlesford.gov.uk

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