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University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Gardens

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Learning Volunteer (plus other positions)



Opportunities available between 22 July and 3 September 2017

Summer at the Museums is an annual programme of events for families which takes place between Saturday 22 July and Sunday 3 September 2017.  With hands-on activities happening throughout the summer holidays, there is plenty to get involved with.

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy dealing with the public to help support the programme in a variety of ways.

There are various volunteer opportunities available across the University Museums and Botanic Garden. Tasks may vary, but often include:

  • Setting up and clearing away visitor activities
  • Greeting visitors/registering visitors for pre-booked activities
  • Stewarding visitors and museum audiences
  • Assisting families with workshop/activities
  • Preparing materials for activities
  • Assisting with evaluations/photo permission forms

What you will gain from this role

  • Practical experience of engaging with museum visitors and staff
  • Developing skills and experience within a University museum setting
  • Joining a motivated, fun and enthusiastic team
  • Valuable experience that will enhance your CV
  • The opportunity to meet new people within your local community
  • Satisfaction of giving back

Skills required

Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in working in the Museum and Heritage Sector or in education. Confidence to interact with the public and especially with children and families is a must. Some of the time you will be working unsupervised, while also representing the museum to members of the public. You will need to have good observation and conversation skills and have an eye for detail. Many of the roles will involve moving around or standing.

Potential time involvement: Variable throughout Summer. Please note, there will be an Introduction Session for these roles on Wednesday 5 July which volunteers should attend.

Location: The University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden are all located in Cambridge city centre.

Responsible to: Museum activity coordinator 

Training and Support

Your coordinator will provide you with relevant training for your role.

Health and safety responsibilities

You will be responsible for your own health and safety and that of others with whom you volunteer, by reporting all potential and actual health and safety matters including accidents using the correct procedures.

Legal check requirements for this role

We have a legal responsibility to ensure that you have the right to volunteer in the UK before you can start volunteering for us. If you do not have the right to volunteer in the UK already we will not be able to progress your interest any further.

To Apply

Please return a completed Expression of Interest Form, outlining your availability between 22 July – 3 September to Niki Hughes, Opening Doors Project Coordinator opendoor@hermes.cam.ac.uk or University of Cambridge Museums, c/o The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB.   

Closing date: 12pm Monday 12 June 2017

Please note, there will be an Introduction Session for these roles on Wednesday 5 July 2017.

About the University of Cambridge Museums

University of Cambridge Museums is a consortium of the eight University Museums, which works in partnership with the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and other Cambridge University collections. They include: Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Zoology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and The Polar Museum. The University of Cambridge Museums is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The University's collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public representing the country’s highest concentration of internationally important collections, all within walking distance of the City Centre.

Find out more about Summer at the Museums at www.cam.ac.uk/museums/summer

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Posted by CAN network on 3rd May 2017.