Volunteers are integral and valued members of the Horniman team assisting us in both visitor-facing roles and vital work behind-the-scenes.

Along with a supportive learning environment, we offer the chance to gain new skills and experience or simply to do something you enjoy.

Current vacancies

Engage volunteer

Closing date: 25/06/2024

This is a regular, visitor-facing role in our permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions and with our live collections. Volunteers help to bring our displays and objects to life and enable our visitors to have a richer, more hands-on experience.

We are looking for people available one morning or afternoon a week with good spoken English, a friendly manner and willingness to learn. We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. A diverse group of volunteers makes for a more enjoyable experience for everyone!

See the below role description for more details. If interested, email volunteering@horniman.ac.uk for an application form and apply by Tuesday 25 June.

Closing Date: Tuesday 25 June. Interviews will be held Tuesday 2 July 3-4.30pm, with an induction on Thursday 11 July, 1.30-5pm.

We can only accept applications when volunteering roles are advertised.

Find any current roles on this page.

We take volunteers from age 15 upwards though some roles will only be available to those aged 18 and over. Where this is the case, this will be clear on the role description. There is no upper age limit.

No. Volunteer roles are different from staff roles and do not lead to paid work.

However, they do provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience.

We reimburse out-of-pocket travel expenses up to a maximum of £12 per day.

Volunteers offering a full day shift can also be reimbursed lunch expenses.

For on-going roles which are usually weekly or fortnightly, like Engage, Family Activity or Gardening, we ask for a minimum of 4-5 months if possible.

Fixed term student volunteer placements last 3 months, doing 1-3 days a week.

We are able to provide a few work experience opportunities for school students each year, depending on capacity. Find out more on our work experience webpage.

Yes, you may volunteer whilst on benefits, but you would need to let the Job Centre know about your volunteering.

The Horniman acknowledges the contribution of volunteers in supporting the organisation to achieve its aim to connect people with global cultures and the natural world, and encourage everyone to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

Read the Volunteering Policy (PDF).