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.

International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes Volunteers

June – October 2017

We are recruiting volunteers to work on The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes offers an interactive experience combining science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. This exhibition has the most comprehensive display of Sherlock pop culture items since his creation 127 years ago.

This is a fabulous way to share your passion and knowledge for all things Sherlock. Volunteers will play an important role in enhancing the exhibition content by assisting families and adult audiences with the concepts, interactives, and notebook activity.

This role is perfect for volunteers with:

  • An interest in one or more of the following: Sherlock Holmes, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English literature, pop culture, science, or history
  • Who love working with the public and families
  • Who have a can do attitude and enjoy working in a team
  • Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply
  • Volunteers must be 16 or over

Volunteer Application – Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

Museums Discovery Centre 2017 Volunteers

School Holidays Events

The Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) is alive with objects, stories and experiences waiting for you to get involved. We are looking for volunteers to assist with MDC Open Weekends in June, September and November 2017, and with School Holidays periods. Volunteers will help visitors explore the Exhibitions and share stories, bringing interactives alive and demonstrating Discovery Stations

The Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums.

Inside the Museums Discovery Centre you will find millions of treasures, with hundreds on display for you to explore, and thousands more waiting to be discovered through booked tours of the deep collection stores. A visit to the MDC also provides you with a rare opportunity to learn about museum collecting, conservation and research practices.

This role is perfect for volunteers with:

  • An interest in sciences, arts, museums
  • A friendly manner and excellent customer service
  • Who love working with the public and families
  • Who are passionate about the MDC Collections
  • Who have a can do attitude and enjoy working in a team
  • Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply
  • Volunteers must be 16 or over

Volunteer Application – Museums Discovery Centre

Sydney Science Festival Volunteers

10 – 20 August 2017

Are you passionate about science? Do you love science events? We are looking for dedicated individuals who are keen to take on this special volunteer role assisting Sydney Science Festival event producers to ensure the 2017 Festival is the best ever!

Volunteers play an important role in making the Sydney Science Festival events run smoothly. Sydney Science Festival volunteers have the chance to get behind-the-scenes, meet like-minded people and interact with science professionals from around the nation. As a volunteer, you will be representing the Festival at various events across Sydney. Duties may vary depending on the site and event.

From 10-20 August 2017, the Festival will encourage people of all ages and knowledge levels to discover, discuss and debate science through a program of talks by world-leading researchers, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and events for family exploring all areas of STEAM. The Festival brings together a diverse group of research institutions, museums, universities, industry, and community to discover, discuss and debate science at venues across Sydney and Western Sydney.

This role is perfect for volunteers with:

  • An interest in science or events
  • Great organisation and time management skills
  • Friendly manner and excellent customer service
  • Who have a can do attitude and enjoy working in a team
  • Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply
  • Volunteers must be 18 or over
  • Valid WWCC

Volunteer Application – Sydney Science Festival

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.