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.
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.
- 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
Freelance Researcher for Lost Language of Nature project
Saffron Walden Museum and Saffron Walden Museum Society have an exciting opportunity for a freelance researcher to contribute to the Lost Language of Nature project, which aims to rediscover some dialect or folk names for birds commonly seen in Britain, and the traditional stories, beliefs or folklore associated with them.
The Lost Language of Nature project at Saffron Walden Museum will make lasting improvements to the information we hold on items of bird taxidermy commonly described as “British birds”. The project aims to discover some of the lost cultural history of these specimens by recording the folk and regional dialect names and stories associated with these birds.
Please download the full brief for more information and details on how to apply: Job Description – Lost Language of Nature researcher
Deadline 23:59 on Sunday 30 January.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org