Volunteer roles

Visitor Experience Volunteers

Visitor Experience volunteers bring the museum alive by facilitating visitor interaction at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre, by encouraging curiosity and conversation around the collection. This position suits volunteers who have a passion for design, textiles, engineering, science and/or museums, a friendly manner and excellent customer service. Recruitment is based on the Exhibitions schedule and are advertised here.

Volunteer with STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition

There will be no need to travel to a galaxy far, far away for the ultimate STAR WARS™ experience, with the Australian premiere of STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition in to open at the Powerhouse Museum (part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) this November. Come and volunteer with us.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is looking to recruit a team of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) enthusiasts to join the Visitor Experience Volunteer team, to introduce families and visitors to the technologies showcased in STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in object interpretation, customer service and to have fun along the way.

From November 2018 to April 2019 Volunteers will:

  • Help visitors with activities and experiences in the Exhibition and throughout the Museum
  • Ask questions and share stories regarding the Museum Collection and STAR WARS™
  • Operate Discovery Stations that provide opportunities for Visitors to “touch” objects
  • Add to the lively Museum atmosphere at MAAS
  • Volunteers for 10 days during the Exhibition time

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition Volunteers Information and Application

Volunteer with the Akira Isogawa Exhibition

Do you love art and fashion? If so, then consider volunteering for our upcoming exhibition Akira Isogawa, opening 15 December 2018 till 31 May 2019. We are currently recruiting volunteers to engage visitors in exhibition content, deliver fashion tours, and showcase their expertise in a handmade craft, for example: knitting, textiles, lace making, origami, embroidery.

Akira Isogawa is the first exhibition to survey the full extent of the designer’s career over more than 25 years. Delving into the creative world of one of our country’s best known and most loved designers, it explores the background, impulses and cultural references that have contributed to the making of a fashion original whose fusion of Asian tradition with Australian ease has captivated audiences around the world.

The Akira Isogawa Exhibition will feature more than 70 garments, most of which Isogawa has donated from his archive, to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. The exhibition includes garments, accessories and costumes created for the Sydney Dance Company in collaboration with its founding director Graeme Murphy, along with aspects of design development including key sources of inspiration such as vintage kimonos.

Volunteers will:

  • Demonstrating handmade crafts
  • Share stories and Exhibition content with visitors
  • Share your own stories on craft making and fashion
  • Delivering a tour on key exhibition content

Akira Isogawa Exhibition Volunteers – Information and Application

Behind the Scenes Volunteers

Behind the Scenes volunteers support staff in work that happens outside the public areas of the museum in a wide range of departments including: Education and Visitor Services, Curatorial, Registration, Conservation and IT.

Please note: Positions in Behind the Scenes departments are limited and are first made available to our existing pool of volunteers and are then advertised here.