Volunteering

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

Family Craft Volunteer

Closing date: 04/03/2024

Family Craft Volunteer

Family Craft volunteers help devise and deliver weekly Saturday drop-in craft workshops inspired by the Museum’s collections, themes, and values. These workshops enable families to have a more creative and playful experience at the Museum.

To apply:

  • Please complete the application form and email it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk
  • Please mark ‘Family Craft Volunteer’ in the subject line of the email
  • This role is selective and we will hold informal interviews

The closing date for applications is 4 March. We will hold informal interviews on 13 March, with an induction on 16 March.

Family outdoors activity volunteer (Nature + Love Project)

Closing date: 16/03/2024

The volunteering team is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us trial, evaluate and deliver some family self-led activities in the Horniman Gardens.

Nature + Love is a generational transformation project to enable the Horniman to become more inclusive by widening our audience to better match the diversity of the London population, and to place environmental sustainability and a commitment to fighting the climate emergency at our heart. Volunteers will play an important part in realising these objectives, running free activities for families to connect with the natural world.

To apply:

  • Please complete the application form and email it to volunteering@horniman.ac.uk
  • Include ‘family outdoors activity volunteer’ in the subject line
  • This role is selective, and we will hold informal interviews

The closing date for applications is 16 March. We will hold informal interviews on 27 March, with an induction on 3 April.

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).