Nottingham Industrial Museum relies on its volunteers to preserve and communicate our heritage. Every volunteer is a valued member of a team that delivers our strategic aim of creating exciting and relevant experiences that move, teach and inspire our increasingly diverse audience.
Available volunteering opportunities
Our open roles are listed below. If you can’t find anything that matches your availability, skills or interests, please do check again as this page is regularly updated. If you have a specific skill you would like to make us aware of or can help the museum in a way not listed below, please contact our recruitment team.
All directors will be part of the wider Board of Directors which meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm. We also expect directors to spend time in the museum on Thursday afternoons or evening and at weekends when the museum is open to the public. All volunteers will act as enthusiastic ambassadors for Nottingham Industrial Museum.
We have the following volunteer vacancies:
Visitor Experience Director
The Visitor Experience Director will manage our visitors’ experience and take an active leading role in ensuring that visitors are fully engaged with well-maintained galleries, displays and signage.
We are looking for somebody to shape our future visitor experience, transform our current visitor offer and deliver our strategic aim of creating exciting and relevant experiences that ‘move, teach and inspire’ our increasingly diverse audience.
Previous experience of managing volunteers would be useful but not a necessity. A background in heritage would be beneficial as you must be passionate about local and industrial history.
Learning and Outreach Director
The Learning and Outreach Director will lead, support, and execute a coordinated Education and Community Engagement programme that will encourage enjoyment of the Museum by the wider community and contribute to the sustainability of the site.
The right candidate should be willing to commit time for board meetings, implementing the policies in hand themselves and by delegating tasks to other volunteers. Ideally , ou will be someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.
It is essential that you are educated to degree level, with a PGCE and minimum of 3 years’ experience of classroom teaching or a demonstrable track record of education provision in a museum or other historic environment. You will also be required to have a clear Disclosure and Barring Service check as you will be working with young people and vulnerable adults.
Volunteer Engagement Director
The Volunteer Engagement Director will lead on managing, supporting and developing our diverse volunteer teams.
The right candidate should be willing to commit time for board meetings, implementing the policies in hand themselves and by delegating tasks to other volunteers. Ideally, you will be someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.
Health and Safety Director
The Health and Safety Director will lead, support, and execute the health and safety policies of the museum.
We are looking for an experienced health and safety practitioner to deliver our strategic aim of ensuring a safe environment for our volunteers and visitors. Previous experience of managing volunteers would be useful but not a necessity.
Reporting to the Finance Director, the Museum Fundraiser will lead, support, and execute a coordinated strategic fundraising programme to ensure our long-term sustainability.
Ideally, we are looking for somebody who has a demonstrable successful track record in local or national charity fundraising, has strong ICT, verbal and written communication skills, a close attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure. You will also need experience of researching and writing long documents, completing application forms and preparing cases for support.
Front of House Stewards
Reporting to the Visitor Experience Director, Front of House Stewards perform key roles at the heart of the museum. You must enjoy meeting new people and sharing your knowledge of and enthusiasm for Nottingham Industrial Museum and the wider heritage of Nottingham and the East Midlands.
You don’t have to have any specific skills for this role as it is more important that you have a genuine smile and open, welcoming body language. Experience of engaging with the public via a customer service or retail background would be useful, as would an interest in heritage and an understanding of specific historical periods. You must be passionate about local industrial history, as well as acting as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Museum.
Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Director, the Events Coordinator will lead on arranging events, exhibitions, demonstrations and tours within the museum.
Our events programme is crucial in drawing in visitors to the Museum throughout the year. You will get the satisfaction of seeing a concept or idea for an exhibition reaching fruition and using your artistic skills to create an attractive display. You will gain enjoyment from historical research and using your practical skills to source materials to mount the event.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative volunteer to bring skills gained in a previous museum, historic garden, heritage or community event management environment.
It would be helpful to have knowledge of the National Curriculum, but this is not essential. You will need to be highly organised, focused and results driven with a keen attention to detail. You will be someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues and overcoming problems, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.